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Summary: Let me introduce you to an old friend you’ve know for a long time. A friend is someone that makes you a better person. That friend is trouble...

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Jesus Answer to Despair: Jesse Bennett

Let me introduce you to an old friend you’ve know for a long time.

A friend is someone that makes you a better person.

Sometimes a friend loves you so much he will even hurt you to help you.

Proverbs says the wounds of a friend can be trusted, but the kissed of an enemy are deceitful. Like iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another>

How would you like to have a friend that would help you live a clean life?

How would you like to have a friend that would bring you closer to JESUS?

How would you like to have a friend that would give you strength?

How would you like to have a friend that would help you lead your loved ones to Christ?

How would you like to have a friend that would make you a mature believer?

You already have that friend his name is trouble: now I know most of you don’t consider trouble a friend but it is (sometimes)

John 6:16-21

It was the evening time when this took place and Jesus had just fed the 5000, they wanted to make him king, but He didn’t want to be that kind of a king. He sent the disciples to go across the sea. They set sail because Jesus told them. These were seasoned sailors-but they are sailing into the teeth of a storm.

The Bible says a wind arose.

1. Have you ever been there just sailing along, full of joy and peace full of the Lord Jesus?

2. That’s the way his disciples felt so full of joy, following there master, after all He is a miracle worker. Beside that they had eaten and were full of bread and fish.

3. Then the wind came, greedy waves seeking to devour them at the darkest hour of the night

4. They are rowing, back hurting; they can’t go back, hands hurting.

I. They are about to find out Jesus is God answer to mans despair.

I’m going to give you six anchors of the soul.

1. I am governed by his providence! (Jesus is the one who created to storm and the sea)

A. They were in the storm because of the will of God.

B. Is that you today?

C. Are the icy waves of this life coming up to devour you?

D. Are you felling as though you are in your darkest hour?

E. Every wind contrary to you, your little boat sinking?

(Answer) There is nothing that comes to you unless God allows it or causes it!!!!

I. (anchor of the soul) I am governed by his providence.

He commands the seas!

Weather I can see it or not

Weather I can understand it or not

It is a fact; God has not relinquished His rule on His universe.

II. (Anchor of the soul) I am growing by his plan.

What is God’s plan for you?

He wants to enlarge you not indulge you.

God is not nearly as interested in making you happy and healthy as he is making you holy.

So God is in the habit of putting you into trouble to grow you.

The Lord Jesus engineered these problems for his disciples so he could develop them.

Palms 4:1 Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distressed.

Think about this; that’s when you grew the most as a Christian: that’s when you grew the most when God sent you trouble. When you overcame diversity by the power of God. That’s when you have been enlarged.

I can testify by my own experience when I experienced trouble I became a better person because of it.


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