Summary: I preached this sermon exactly 26 days after my Mom went to be with the Lord. Read this powerful sermon and enjoy the peace that Jesus gives even in the midst of a storm! Please take time to rate this sermon.
Peace in the Midst of the Storm
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Title: ‘Peace in the midst of the storm’
Brief Introduction to the passage: Prior to this passage, we see that Jesus taught few parables to His disciples about the Kingdom of God. Probably for the sake of privacy and relaxation, Jesus proposed a trip across the lake of Galilee. And in this passage, Mark, the Evangelist gives a graphic account of the stilling of the storm as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41).
Just like these disciples, many times we find ourselves in the midst of storms, problems and difficulties in our lives. But, this morning I want to remind you that we can experience God’s peace even in the midst of the storm.
Interrogative Sentence: How can we experience peace in the midst of the storm?
Transitional Sentence: I want to give you four keys this morning through which we can experience peace even in the midst of the storm.
Trust the Word of God – V.35
Jesus did not say "Let us go into the midst of the sea and drown in a storm." He said, “Let us go over to the other side”. But the disciples didn’t trust the words of Jesus when they were caught up in a storm. This shows that the disciples still didn’t understand Jesus’ authority. They were committed to Him as their Messiah, but they hadn’t yet realized that Jesus was Lord even over the physical elements (v. 41).
The words “Let us go over to the other side” had as much authority and power as the words, “Let there be light!” in Genesis chapter 1.
The disciples were overwhelmed with the natural situation. They were drawing on everything they had learned about the laws of sailing, but they weren’t thinking about what Jesus had told them. They were looking for a natural solution when they had been given a supernatural word from the Creator Himself. They failed to take into account that Jesus was on board. They had forgotten His words.
Saints, we need to trust the word of God even in the midst of a storm!
Somebody said that if you have only the Word, you will dry up; if you have only the Spirit, you will blow up. But if you have both the Word and the Spirit, you will grow up.
Prayer without the Word is like watering the ground without the seed.
In 2 Peter 1:16-19: the Apostle Peter writes, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
The literal translation of v. 19 is “We have the even more sure prophetic word” – and this is referring to OT Scriptures.
It is an amazing assessment of the validity of Holy Scripture that Peter declares it to be more dependable than a voice from heaven heard with the natural ear.
Many of us want a word from God. We say, "Oh, God, speak to me," and the Bible is right there in our hand. God has spoken to us! The written word of God is a more sure word of prophecy than any audible voice! We couldn’t ask for more! The Bible is God speaking to us! It is God’s word! We need to exalt it!
Ps 119:165 says, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
The Bible says in Isa 26:3 – “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
The Word of God declares in Ps 119:92 that “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”
Saints, in the storms, it is the Word of God that gives us peace, hope and assurance and that’s why we need to trust the Word of God.
Do not stay in fear – V. 40
Another thing that we need to remember when we are in a storm is that we should not stay in fear when crisis hits us.