“Facing the Storms of Life” April 5

 

Facing the Storms of Life - Are you facing a storm in your life? Are wind and waves threatening to sink you boat? Are you worried about our nation, the economy or something else? Remember when you're facing the storms of life, He still rebukes the wind and waves.Are you facing a storm in your life? Are wind and waves threatening to sink you boat? Are you worried about our nation, the economy or something else? Remember when you’re facing the storms of life, He still rebukes the wind and waves.

 

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 33 & 34
Psalm 40.13-17
Proverbs 13.13-14
Luke 8.1-25

 

Facing the Storms of Life

 

Luke 8.1-25:

Faithful Women

 

 

I was reminded again here in Luke 8 of just how many women were followers of Christ from the beginning (vv. 2-3). Not only did they follow, but many of them went with Him all the way to the cross.

 

Wind, Waves & Wonder

 

But let’s look at verses 22-25 again:

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

He went to sleep! And … He stayed asleep through the storm! He wasn’t wringing His hands wondering if they’d really get to the other side.

He hasn’t changed! He’s still in control of everything. He still rebukes the wind and the waves. He isn’t wringing His hands about the economy or who’s in office or who seems to be winning the cultural debate. He’s on the throne and those of us who stay in the boat with Him will get to the other side.  Continue reading

“God Still Calms Storms” September 17

 

God still calms stormsIf you’re in a storm right now, don’t lose heart. God still calms storms! But what should we do in the midst of them?

Also read about true friendship, the value of church membership, the church discipline process, and more.

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 25 & 26
Psalm 107.23-32
Proverbs 25.18-19
2 Corinthians 9.1-15

 

God Still Calms Storms

 

Psalm 107.23-32:

He Calms the Storm 

 

Verses 28- 29 “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.”

God has complete and sovereign control of His world, including the elements. And He has the same control over the events of our lives. If you are in a storm today, first and foremost, decide to put your complete faith and trust in Him. If you are truly one of His children and you keep your eyes on Him, He has promised that he will never allow that storm to be greater than you can handle without sinning (1 Cor. 10.13).

prayerBut He also wants you to ask for His help. Verse 28 in our reading says “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble …” James said we have not because we ask not (Jas. 4.1), and Jesus said in Luke 18.1, “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Call out to Him.

That 1 Corinthians 10 passage tells us that “… God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able …” That means if we choose to sin in response to our trial or storm, it’s just that—a choice to sin! Nothing—no one, no circumstance can force us to sin! We choose!

We choose by: refusing to forgive (Matt. 6.15; Eph. 4.32), remaining sinfully angry (Eph. 4.26-32), lashing out with ugly words (Eph. 4.29), giving the silent treatment (Eph. 4.26), seeking an unbiblical divorce (Matt. 5.32; 1 Cor. 7.10-15) and many other ways.

God Still Calms Storms - If you’re in a storm right now, don’t lose heart. God still calms storms! But what should we do in the midst of them? Also read about true friendship, the value of church membership, the church discipline process, and more.

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Isaiah 25 & 26:

An Umbrella of Protection

 

Chapter 26.1-4 is a picture of the church and its blessings. Verse 1 says we have “salvation for walls and bulwarks” and verse 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

There is great protection in being a part of a good biblical church. The flip side of that is illustrated in a couple of New Testament passages.

Matthew 18.15-17 says:

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”

In other words, let him be considered as an unbeliever.

In 1 Corinthians 5.4-5 Paul told the believers concerning a man involved in sexual sin:

“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

These two passages talk about putting someone outside the fellowship or membership of the church. This is sometimes called “church discipline” or excommunication. As you can see from the 1 Corinthians passage, Satan has much more freedom to attack someone when he or she is outside the fellowship. But the reverse is also true; when you become a member of a biblical church and submit yourself to its authority, you have the protection of that body like an umbrella over you. Continue reading

April 5 “Wind and waves and wonder”

Are you facing a storm in your life? Are wind and waves threatening to sink you boat? Are you worried about our nation, the economy or something else? He still rebukes the wind and waves.

wind and waves

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 33 & 34
Psalm 40.13-17
Proverbs 13.13-14
Luke 8.1-25

Deuteronomy 33 & 34:

Hear the Word of the Lord

We have come to the end of this book, the last of the five books of Moses or the Pentateuch, meaning “five scrolls.” The Pentateuch forms a foundation for understanding the rest of Scripture. Moses himself commanded that these important truths be read publicly.

Deuteronomy 31.12, “Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law.”

bible study

It’s just as important for us to read and study and understand the truths contained in these sacred books so that we will “fear the Lord our God”—have that reverential respect that He alone is due—and that we will “observe all the words of this law”—be doers of the Word and not hearers only as James commanded us (Jas. 1.22-25). Continue reading