In keeping with my personal motto for 2011, “Faithfully Moving Forward”, I decided to do a virtual prayer circle via e-mail. Using our social networking to spread the Gospel. We are all in need of prayer and encouragement. I need it and I hope you do too. So, with that being said, I wanted to send you notes from my service and comments to encourage your soul for the week.
Pastor Duane Kay preached the title “God Can Handle Your Storm” from Mark 4:35-41
Bible Verse: Mark 4:35-41 (New International Version, ©2011)
Title of the Bible Verse: Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus taught disciples through his application and actions of the word. Jesus was trying to build their faith is what the text teaches us. To build your faith and our faith in Him so we can learn to trust him in any and all circumstances. We want to live our lives on easy street. When we have it easy we tend to neglect our time of prayer and study and service to God. My God can handle what I can’t. There’s not a situation we face that God can’t handle. God will not leave me even when God knows what’s coming. The Lord will not abandon you.
Jesus knows there is an enemy trying to steal your joy, dishearten you, depress and despise you. Your enemy is trying to make you feel confused and abused. The lightening can flash, the storms can billow, but God is still with you. The problem is that when we know we need Jesus in the midst of our trials, tribulations and struggles we seek Jesus and see him displaying peculiar behavior (Jesus was asleep during the storm). When the disciples went to get Him, they see Jesus in the boat asleep on a pillow. The Lord was comfortable in adverse positions. When you learn to trust and rest on His promises you can know that it will work out even though your boat is rocking and the storms are billowing, you will be at peace. Trust in Jesus. Trust in our God.
I pray that this week finds you well rested and learning to trust in our God. He will protect you.
Be encouraged and know that you are loved, fabulous and blessed!