Jesus Brings Us Peace
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
• There are several words that can describe what I want to talk with you about this morning. Some of them include: Calm, Tranquility, Quiet, Peace
I. Jesus Calms the Storm - Mark 4:35-41
A. Jesus had just finished teaching lessons on sowing seed in good soil and had illustrated the Kingdom of God with a grain of mustard seed…
1. Many are the times that Holy Spirit will teach us from the Word and then it will seem that God is silent as we put into practice that which we have learned.
2. This is God’s way of “training” us to be powerful disciples!
B. The declaration of faith is found in verse 35 where Jesus told the disciples “let us pass over unto the other side.”
1. If God speaks it we can count on it!
C. V.39 - Jesus rebuked both the winds and the sea.
1. His words of rebuke were speaking into the future past, the storm, and bringing the peace that was imminent into the present.
a. Jesus did not cry “stop”! He COMMANDED the outcome with the words of His mouth… “Peace be Still…”and they obeyed Him.
2. Lesson: There is peace somewhere!
a. Faith is “calling things that be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17 (referencing Abraham)
3. When God gives you peace it is complete.
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
II. Keys to a quiet & peace-filled life – Straight from the Word!
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
(9) But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
(10) And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
(11) And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
(12) That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
(1) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
(2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
(3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
(4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Peter 3:1-12
(1) Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
(2) While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
(3) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
(4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
(5) For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
(6) Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
(7) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
(8) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
(9) Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
(10) For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
(11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
(12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
• I have to teach this according to Romans Chapter 1. I do not want to be guilty of “turning the truth of God into a lie”…
• The Truth will set us free! John 8
…in quietness and in confidence will be your strength…”
III. The atmosphere that we allow in our life reaches farther than any of us know.
And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
A. What we allow in our lives we are also allowing in other people’s lives around us.
1. We have to quite passing the buck and start taking responsibility for where we are, what we are doing and where we are going!
2. This is actually GREAT NEWS! – You can change the course of your future and bring the favor of God into your life and into the lives of all those around You!
B. Your words are the tools that God has given you to shape your atmosphere!
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
(14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
(15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
(16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
(23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
OUR WORDS SHAPE OUR LIVES
C. We need to start seeing our friends and neighbors as the “little ships”.
1. Let’s bring it down home… Our children and grandchildren are the “little ships”
• Jesus can speak a heavenly calm into your life.
• It’s God’s will for you to live a quiet and peaceful life
• It’s ok for everything to be ok
• No one is responsible for the tranquility of your life but you.
• Before you engage conflict ask yourself, “Will the outcome be worth it?”
Let’s all make the “choice” today for peace.