Summary: Jesus can take care of whatever situation you find yourself in.
Calm in the Storm
October 13, 2013 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus can take care of whatever situation you find yourself in.
Focus Passage: Mark 4:35-41
Supplemental Passage: "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalms 46:10 ESV)
Introduction: Here is an instruction on how to react to hungry pythons, as given to Peace Corpsmen serving in Brazil -- "Remember not to run away, the python can run faster. The thing to do is to lie flat on the ground on your back with your feet together, arms at your side, head well down. The python will then try to push its head under you, experimenting at every possible point. Keep calm (that was underscored). "You must let him swallow your foot. It is quite painless and it will take a long time. If you lose your head and struggle, he will quickly whip his coils around you. If you keep calm and still, he will go on swallowing. Wait patiently until he has swallowed up to about your knee. Then carefully take out your knife and insert it into the distended side of his mouth and with a quick rip slit him up." Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2.
I. Calm in Calamity
a. When your loved one is diagnosed or passes
b. When your house is destroyed by nature
c. When your car is in an accident
II. Calm in Financial Difficulty
a. When you lose your job
b. When the end of your paycheck shows up before the end of the month
c. When you have unexpected expenses
III. Calm in the Pressures of Life
a. When you are given a poor grade at school or evaluation at work
b. When your family keeps making bad choices and it directly (or indirectly) affects you
c. When people you know and care about fail in their responsibilities at work, church, etc.
Invitation: Jesus could sleep in the back of the boat during a storm because He trusted His Father. We, too, can rest, when all of our trust is put in Him.