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Getting through the Storms of Life

December 9th, 2011 Posted in sermons

Are you facing a “storm of life” right now?

 

By that I mean, are you facing some kind of crisis or unexpected tragedy? Are you losing hope?

One day, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea of Galilee.” So these experienced fishermen did what they had done hundreds of times. They boarded their boat and began to row together while Jesus went below deck and took a much-needed nap.

 

The Storm Came

 

Suddenly, a severe storm came and began to dump rain on them and cause the sea to pitch. It was so bad that even these seasoned sailors began to panic. They awoke Jesus and said accusingly, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?”

Jesus patiently absorbed their criticism and then rebuked the storm and it stopped immediately. He also rebuked them with these words, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

A better translation of those words says, “Why are you such timid, fearful ones?” Jesus was saying, “Boys, have you not  learned anything here?”

 

To the Other Side

 

After all, what did Jesus say to them? He said, “Let’s cross over to the other side!”

He did not say, “Let’s go to the middle of the sea of Galilee and drown together!” If He had said that, they might have been justified in their collective panic.

Jesus did not promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage. I would rather be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him.

 

You are not alone.

 

So, if you are in a storm of life, my advice to you is to remember that Jesus will “get you to the other side.”

Trust Him. He will not abandon you or let you down. You have His Word on it. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

 

11 Responses to “Getting through the Storms of Life”

  1. Mary says:

    God gave me the strength to end a five year relationship that was mired in sin.As a christian I knew what I was doing was wrong, but the fear of loneliness and financial hardship kept me from heeding God’s patient voice about the pain I was causing myself. But it seemed that every where I turned, the radio, my emails, at church, online, God delivered a message that I had to make a choice. So I prayed, and I cried, and I haven’t stopped crying, and I chose God, who chose me, I chose grace, over my sin, I chose Jesus over lies. I am more broken then I think I have ever been. But I feel closer to God on the razor’s edge of this pain then I have in the slow rot of a bad relationship. God have mercy on all the suffering here.

  2. Linda says:

    hi pastor Greg just been going thru a storm and never thought my heart would close off to the Lord my heart does it now even if i dont want to i am so sad about that tring to build my faith up every time I do i get knocked down so weary in the battle
    Linda

  3. Mary V.G. says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, Happy Belated Birthday!! And thank you for this message. At present I must take daily a most effective anti-coagulant, followed with periodic blood testing. These are my “storms” perhaps for the next six months or less. To believe that I am not alone; how the Lord has an alternate route; which is the restoring of my cellular chemistry. Although, living alone in my surroundings/environment, the Lord has already detailed everything, I can toss out my fears!!

  4. judy says:

    I was recently diagnosed with rem sleep disorder. This is a disorder where you act out your dreams. It is a very disturbing and fearful disorder. My husband has to sleep in a different room because I have tried to kick and choke him.This disorder is also a symptom of parkinsons. When I was first diagnosed I was full of fear each night before bed but now I have realized that God has not given me a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind. God is in control even while I sleep and God does not sleep. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  5. Scott says:

    Amen to those verses of promise?

    Right now I am in the largest storm of my life. I have held on and keep holding on with faith that the Lord will turn things around for my circumstances. I am prepared to go through even hotter fire than now but as I look for doors I only see the path I am on. Things look bleek especially when speaking with folks not saved. My close friends whom are believers say stay the course. I am past the point of no return now in the world’s view, yet I keep coming back to Jesus is my “dad” He loves me, the Bible is filled with promises, I hear that God wants me to be as if I am hopeless so He can have grace and mercy on me so He can take the glory. I have not put God to the test, I have had genuine sincere faith during the past months and my life is rebuilt and I am closer to the Lord now more than ever. I have made a mess of things and I hope and pray that He delivers me soon. When the lights get shut off, there is no gas or food and nowhere to go, how can I keep having faith practically and in my heart. I ask for wisdom and want be wise and make choices that do not seem to be there? Asking for doors to open yet the best one is to stay the course.

    I still have a few days left, Praise the Lord and I know His timing is PERFECT.

    When I have no choices and I feel my faith is strong the only thing that I see is God’s grace and mercy that can save me and my family.

    Thanks for you blog post Greg, it those words like those I search for in the Word to cling to and I know that if I hang on tight and focus on the Lord He will rescue me.

    Any prayers are coveted.

    God Bless You!

  6. Debbie says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg for this reminder. I know in my heart that God uses our present sufferings to produce holiness, perseverance and patience in us. While the storm rains down, I need to always remember that the Lord is with me and completing a work in and around me. I need to remember that I am nothing and HE is EVERYTHING and that “ALL things (not just the things I like) work together for good to those who love God and are called according to HIS purposes. My present trials are a reminder to be willing to die to everything that I hold dear so that Christ can reign in me and produce the type of fruit that He is pleased with…for His glory! Thank you for the reminder…as I stay in his boat in the middle of the sea…trusting HIS timing to get me to the other side :)

  7. Rose says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg for this message. I needed to be reminded of what Jesus said: ‘I will never leave you or forsake you. Instead, He will get me to the other side. Thank you in advance for your prayers. With God by my side, the storm of my own life that I’m dealing with presently shall pass.

  8. GEV says:

    Dear Greg,
    I feel like my youth was so sheltered from the hurt and pain of a broken family that I maybe suffering more at an older age.If it was’nt for God working through you I may not have made that alter call in 1993. You have been a distant anchor for me, and the distance is me. When I heard of your families loss, of your son, the selfish part of me thought, what am I gonna do now, Greg is gonna leave the ministry for awhile and I was wondering who was gonna take your place?
    But you did not leave, instead you cleaved to your ministry. I was in tears every time I heard you speak on the radio. You mourned and started your healing process with us all, of whom in a earthly way, you do not know. Greg I am not an educated man, but I am for ever greatful for the time you have dedicated to teaching others the word of God.
    May God continue to Bless you and your family, please pray for this STORM that I am about to enter. That I may fall on the word of God and tumble in the right direction,not sure what else to say, cause I dont no the direction yet. Just pray please!

  9. Delphine says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, Happy birthday to you today may God bless you.

    Your sister
    Delphine Reynolds-Mengel

  10. JASON FROM BORONIA MELBOURNE VICTORIA AUSTRALIA says:

    Where I work there is a storm we call bullying which has been going on for some time and more than one person has been doing tthis. Please pray that the Lord will help us all stop the bullying?

  11. Alice says:

    Im sailing on calm waters just after a major storm in my life. Im at a point to where I can move about and prepare for the next storm. My relationship with Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the Father has become rich with gratitude and reverence. I wish I could talk with you in real time, but since i cant, here is my message to you: I want to know who are you and where did you come from? I know your lifestory (from what you have shared) and I know your from God. I have found you to be such a blessing in my life. My coworkers took me to Harvest for the first time back in 1986-ish. Although I always knew and respected Jesus, I dedicated my life to him at that service. You told me life is hard and that God is always with me. You told me that absolutely NOTHING can get between God and me. With that blessing I have had quite the blessed life (not easy…blessed). I found your podcasts, and now iphone app. Those podcasts brought my teenage daughter and my youngest daughter (10-11 yrs old) close to and into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank You! Your messages have carried me (and my daughters) through some tough times. I know you dont know the details but this last “storm” was the worst storm I have ever endured. I ended up having to leave my husband. I am now back with my husband. The seperation occured to protect my children. They were listening to their father emotionally abuse their mother. I was doing ok living with the abuse and trying (with God’s help) to live a life pleasing to the Lord. (We all fall short of that-I know.) But my daughters were not seeing a Godly man in their father. He was hateful, threatinging, and angry toward all of us really. I left with the kids to my in-laws (christian). During the 4 day seperation, I took my daughters and visited Harvest. They were thrilled to see you in person! That experience put a “face” to your “voice” on the podcasts. At that visit to Harvest, I sent you a “note” in the offering requesting a prayer for my emotionally abused marriage. I stopped by the Harvest bookstore and picked up a handfull of loving support. I bought my youngest daughter a ring that has the scripture “…I have plans for you. …plans of good..” (Appropriate for that time of confusion in her life. She read that scripture repeatedly and out loud to others.) Thank you for being here on earth!! I dont want to imagine my life if i didn’t have God in my heart. To make my longer story shorter…I want you to know prayers have been answered and are being answered. My husband has not “yelled” and me or the kids since the seperation over 8 weeks ago. He has brought love into the home. The waters are calm and I can finally pick up some broken pieces of my home and raise them up to God (He is healing our hearts – ALL of our hearts). I love God. I thank Him for You. God Blesses You!
    P.S. I just had a strange occurance…my monitor to my computer just turned off (several times actually). Not my computer, not anything else in the house, just the monitor. After about 3 minutes and prayer it came back on. Was that because I was writing to you?? IDK. AND when I visited Harvest…my GPS on my iphone would not locate me or Harvest! It has never done that before or since…only on that one Sunday morning going to Harvest. I drove on memory and faith :). It had been over 20 years since I went to Harvest and my sister helped me with directions too.. who hadn’t been to your church for over 40 years. It was a collaborative effort to find Harvest. Guided by the Spirit and your street signs we found Harvest. It was a blessing to attend. Praise be to God for all that He has done! Thank you.

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