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The Calm Before the Storm

Text: Mat. 8:23-27

Introduction: When we hear of great storms heading our way many times people panic. They make hasty decisions that they regret later. Some people commit suicide or murder because of the rush of emotions. Let us look at God’s Word for our instructions on how to experience the calm before the storm.

I. Follow Jesus v.23
A. Get on board with Jesus
B. Ride out the storm with Jesus
C. You are not alone

II. Face the Storm v.24
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isa. 25:4)
A. Of Life - When a storm comes at sea, a ship turns to face the tempest. If the vessel allows the storm to hit its side, it will capsize. If it turns its back to the storm, the storm will drive it wherever the wind blows. Only in facing the storm is the ship safe.
B. Adversity - God does not offer us a way out of the testings of life. He offers us a way through, and that makes all the difference.
C. Trials

III. Faith v.26
A. 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing. 2. belief that is not based on proof. 3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.
B. For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
C. Peter walking on the water. Mat. 14:29-33 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
D. At least Peter Got out of the boat
E. Trust the Lord
F. Believe that he can and will

IV. Freedom v.27

A. the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship
B. Peace of mind and heart
C. Freedom from anxiety, annoyance, or other mental disturbance
D. A state of tranquillity or serenity

Conclusion: There can be a calm before and after a storm when you ride it out with Jesus. The one who is in control.

Illustration: A saint's life is in the hands of God as a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see; he stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says, "I cannot stand any more." But God does not heed; he goes on stretching until his purpose is in sight, then he lets fly. We are here for God's designs, not for our own.
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

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