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Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)
TITLE: Calm in the Midst of Storm
By Ellen Lynam
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Knowing and believing three important things about God can help us have personal peace through the storms of life. If we know and believe these three things, no matter what storm is raging in our lives, we can be victorious Christians. Let’s look at them one by one.
1.GOD IS All POWERFUL
A good example of God’s power is found in Mark 4:35-41 (KJV). These verses tell about a time that Jesus and His disciples were out in a boat and a great storm of wind came up. The storm raged with such a fury that the waves filled the boat with water and tossed it about as if it were a toy. The disciples, seasoned fisherman, were so terrified that they went and awakened Jesus who was sleeping peacefully through it all.
Even though the disciples had been with Jesus for some time, they didn’t know Him the way they should have. If they had known Him, they wouldn’t have been afraid. They would have known that He was in control and was ALL POWERFUL.
When he arose, the question He asked them was, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” The same question could be asked of us when we become afraid and have no peace during the storms of life. We would have to come to the conclusion that it is because we have no faith; we don‘t know Him as we should. We look at the circumstances instead of the person that controls the circumstances. Jesus rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (KJV) The disciples asked each other what kind of a man Jesus is. They were amazed that even the wind and sea obeyed Him. The answer is that GOD IS ALL POWERFUL
2. GOD IS ALL WISE
We can have personal peace through the storms of life because we know from Psalm 139:1-4 (KJV) that God knows all about us. “O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; thou understandest my thought afar off…”
If we believe Psalm 139, we know that God knows all about us and that He wouldn’t allow anything to come into our lives that would harm us. Therefore, if we trust Him, why should we be afraid in the storms of life?
We know that He is wise and since He knows all about us, He knows what we have need of.
3. GOD LOVES ME
We can have personal peace through the trials of life if we know and believe God loves each of us personally. We have the proof of His love by His death on the cross. Romans 5:8 (KJV) “But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.“ What manner of love God hath shown that He would sacrifice His own Son for the ungodly such as we are. Therefore, we must come to the conclusion, that since God loves us, he wouldn’t allow the trials of life to overtake us. All we need to do is call upon Him. He will give us a peace that passeth all understanding. The question must be asked again, “Why are you afraid?”
In summary, there is a little saying that goes like this, “WE TRUST WHO WE KNOW, AND WE LOVE WHO WE TRUST. The way to personal peace is through FAITH in Jesus Christ. Get to know Him better.
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