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Summary: Position Yourself in the Lord

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” There are storms that we all face on this sea of life which are restless, unstable, dangerous and never still. But what did God say our positions should be during storms? How should we behave? What is our position? The scripture states that there was immediate danger, but still Jesus asked, where is your faith? Why did He ask that question when there was an obvious danger? Despite the raging wind and shaky boat, the master of the sea was on board. So therefore the sea was dangerous and there was immediate danger on the sea, they were never in danger. The Disciples had witnessed many miracles performed by Jesus, but still when an unexpected storm approached they feared for their lives. God is asking some of us, the same question “Where is your faith?” We have Christ living inside of us, and yet just as the disciples when an unexpected storm approaches we feel as if we are defeated. We are subject to the motion of the waves. Storms produce waves that come one after the other. Each wave is different in its intensity and power. Life’s storms are best described in Psalm 32:4 “My moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” Storms are a true test of faith. God is omnipotent and omnipresent and He was aware of the storm and is aware of your storm. In the midst of the storm Jesus was able to give the disciples a deeper revelation of His power. This gave the disciples a higher spiritual experience with Him. Ephesians 1:8 describes this as “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what the hope of his calling is, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” Waves bring enrichment, a fuller revelation and higher level. Matthew called it a furious storm without a warning (a punch in the gut) financial, family, health leaving the room for fear to enter. But Isaiah 43:2 said “Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you when you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you a blaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the holy one of Israel, your savior.” God has equipped us to ride the waves with confidence. Let’s use the analogy of a surfer to compare how to ride the waves. The board is the word of God, His promises in which our faith sustains from. A leash attached to the back leg which is our faith. A surfer positions himself on the board so that the nose is just barely out of the water. Too little and you’ll go under, too much and you’ll wear yourself out pushing water. This is preparation such as studying the word, understanding His promises. When you have to get through a wave, you have 3 options: Plow right through it, Turtle, or Duck-dive. Plow right through it is situations that are unexpected. Some things in life will just hit you head on and you have to face it holding onto your board (the word) latched on by faith. Position yourself with your arms so that the wave passes between you and the board. So your position should be prayer and praise. Turtle is a position of petition. Just when the wave is about to hit you, roll over on your back rolling the board also and pull the nose of the board down. Then roll back up. The word of God is a weapon is full of promises. And we have to use His word as the effective weapon that it is. And bring His promises back to His remembrance. When you pray God’s promises back to Him, you can pray with confidence, knowing that you are praying His will. Duck-dive is the position of worship. Raise up on one knee, push the nose of the board under the wave and follow with your body. This is the worship position. Worship is my weapon of choice in the midst of a storm. In this position as you see a wave coming, try to have as much speed as possible. Before contacting the water, grab both sides of the board, position yourself. Where is my position? I am positioned in Christ for oncoming waves. In Christ is our position, Christ in us is our possession. Push up onto your hands and arms until you feel the nose begin to go under, point your head down and let your body follow in worship. Your momentum (Power is needed to live the Christian life, to grow in grace and to develop into full maturity-which is the work of the Holy Spirit) will thrust you under the quickly passing wave and only require you to be under water for a short time. As the wave passes let the board, (the word) lift you to the surface. We try to avoid the waves in our life, but trials come to make us strong. As a wave approaches, turn the nose of your board toward land (destiny). Your board will follow your eyes and head so stay focused. Lie down and begin paddling as you feel the wave lift you and your board, paddle as hard as you can and lean forward. Don’t lean back, (don’t allow the situation to guide you) lean forward, raise your chest so that your weight is above the center of the board (use your authority as a child of the King). Begin standing just as you feel the pull of the wave and ride the wave to your DESTINY. Surfers say if you bail and dive for the bottom as an emergency, you lose a great deal of distance and endanger people around you. Getting off course will affect those watching you. Matthew 5:13 states: “Ye are salt of the earth but if the salt have lost his savor, where with shall it be salted?” Salt adds flavor and acts as a preservative, it melts coldness and heals wounds. Life storms can be a list of things, but the name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe. 1John 5:14-15, this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

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