Promises. We all make promises. As children we promises to go to the party. We promise to play on their team.
As teenagers we promise to always love our girlfriend of boyfriend. As adults we promise to make payments on a car or a house. We promise to love, honor and cherish till death parts
I promise …..
The Bible contains lots of promises. One of the best ways to pray is to pray God’s promises. There is a problem. We don’t know enough about God’s promises.
For the next couple of weeks I want to briefly walk you through four promises that are found in the Bible. If you were there, what would you have done?
The first promise is found in Mark 4. I want to share this passage because it is an example of a promise Jesus made to the disciples and they missed it completely!
Jesus had been teaching all day beside a lake.
READ Mark 4:35-41
The disciples were in the middle of a physical storm but they were also in the middle of a spiritual storm.
What or Who were they going to believe? They saw a storm BUT they heard Jesus talking!
You may be wondering: Why does God allow storms to take place in my life?
The answer is found in Mark 4:41. The disciples were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
The storm allowed Jesus to prove that He is the Savior.
When you are going through a storm, you need to remember: It does not matter what kind of a storm or trial that you are going through – —- It doesn’t matter what you think – This is what matters — Jesus is able to deliver you thru the storm and bring calm to the situation.
You need to remember Who Jesus is!
Very few of the storms that we go through are as terrifying as being caught in a life threatening storm on the water. You are totally out of control. You can’t run away! You are helpless!
The disciples were in a literal storm.
Sometimes we go through literal storms but we also go through mental, emotional and spiritual storms in our lives. And we can’t run away.
The disciples were in the middle of a big storm. Things seemed out of control. Their sails and oars were useless but they had someone on board Who could make a difference.
Jesus was in their boat!
It’s interesting that several of the disciples were fishermen. They knew how to handle a boat but they woke up a carpenter to save them.
When I am in the middle of one of life’s storms, —— whatever it is …… I know I can’t handle it, AND, I want to know that Jesus is in my boat! Not only do I want Jesus in my boat, I want Him in charge of my boat. None of this Jesus is my co-pilot stuff. I want Jesus in charge!
When Jesus told the disciples to get into the boat, He said: Let’s go to the other side. They had a choice. They did not have to get into the boat.
I do know this: if Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side.” the disciples should have known: we are going to the other side.
There may be a storm on the trip, but we will arrive at the other side.
Promises. The Bible is full of promises.
- What do we learn about Jesus in this story?
- What is Jesus teaching His disciples?
- What is Jesus teaching you personally?
- How can you disciple people as Jesus did in this story?
- Who are you in the story
What ‘storms’ or difficulties are you going through right now?
- What about the people you know? Is there someone going through a storm that needs to be reminded about God’s promises.
That brings up a good question: share some of God’s promises.
- Romans 10:9-10
- John 14:6
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
- John 3:16
What can you do this week to more completely trust in the power and authority of Jesus?