Faith

Luke 8:22-25

Trouble doesn’t mean sin

  • there came a storm of wind…(vs 22)
  • Faith is nothing until its proven so trouble is necessary
  • Circumstances are not an indication of you relationship with God.  Carnal thinking says God is waiting to thump me.
  • Blessings don’t mean you’re right with God either.  God is good, He sends rain on the just and the unjust.
  • Consider Job, Paul, the prophets, apostles, Jesus Christ

Find security in who God is because you don’t always know what He’s doing

  • he fell asleep…(vs 24)
  • Not the sleep of apathy, but the sleep of confidence.  Disciples are thinking, what is he doing?
  • Find security in who God is because you won’t always like what He’s doing!
  • Psalms 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God

Fear is focusing on the wrong thing

  • Where is your faith? (vs 25) – Great question
  • Faith cannot exist with fear
  • General George Patton after admitting to being scared during combat added this, “I never take counsel from my fears.”
  • Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Great advice

Never forget in the darkness what was said in the light

  • (vs 25) Find ourselves forgetting what God said when the storm comes in. He said, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. They said, Master, we perish.
  • It’s easy to believe God when the water is calm, but just because the waves have become boisterous and water is filling the boat doesn’t change what God said
  • God trieth the hearts

The intended outcome of your storm is a greater revelation of who God is

  • What manner of man is this! (vs 25)
  • The storm was instructive
  • There wasn’t another way for the disciples to see that Jesus had power over the elements; wind and water than by corralling them in a storm
  • How can God show you He is the Provider unless He puts you in a position of need?
  • How can God show you He is the Comforter unless you are in a position of great discomfort?