“So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid” But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (John 6:19-20)
How Does God Help in Your storm?
1. Jesus is aware of what’s going on.
He isn’t distracted with other things—He knows what you’re going through. He never takes His eyes from you.
2. Understand Jesus is the great “I AM.”
There is nothing going on that’s beyond His knowledge or His power. See Him walking on the water, coming to you.
3. God’s providence is over it all.
You are governed by His providence and guarded by His power. You can’t drown with your head above water. The storm that looks like it’s over your head is already under His feet. Ephesians 2:6 tells us we are seated in heavenly places with the Lord Jesus Christ. In the spiritual realm, you are already safely seated with Him.
4. There are two kinds of storms.
Those of you who’ve walked a long time with the Lord, when did you grow the most? When everything was fine? When there was smooth sailing? Or when the storm came?
Did you not grow more in the storm, when you were crowded to Christ, and when you had to call upon Him? You were growing by His plan.
If you’re not in a storm at the moment, save this for later, for as sure as God made little green apples, one will come.
In this world we encounter tribulation, and it’s growing more, not less, intense. Where is Jesus? He has overcome the world. That’s what He’s telling you and me.
The Ingredients of a Church Aflame (1234)
In Acts 2, nearly a million Jews were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. However, 120 disciples of Jesus Christ were at the center of attention as they received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. They were a church aflame; an early Christian church that made an impact on their community in a mighty way. What are the ingredients of a church aflame?
The first is Supernatural Power. God demonstrated the power He had promised the disciples in Acts 1:8. This power was visualized by wind and fire. John 3:8 explains that the wind symbolizes the Holy Spirit because it “bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth.” The sight of fire over each of the disciples’ heads also symbolizes the Holy Spirit, as fire spreads and consumes, just like our Lord wants to consume our lives for His glory. This power was vocalized by the speaking of tongues and vitalized by the Holy Spirit. When we become Christians, we are baptized by the Holy Ghost, indwelled by the Holy Spirit and sealed into Christ. From there, we can choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit through surrender and faith. Then, there’s the anointing of the Spirit: the special touch for a specific task.
The second ingredient of a church aflame is the spiritual preaching. Peter preached the Word of God to the disciples with boldness.
The third ingredient of a church aflame is a saved people; those who understand what salvation truly is. Adrian Rogers says, “Real salvation is not merely a crisis act that you look back to, it is a present experience.”
The last ingredient of a church aflame is the spiritual program. The church must study the Bible together in fellowship and worship as one Body. Each member must participate as they should.
When each member is active in the church, the church will grow and catch the flame of the Spirit.
Apply it to your life
Are you an active member of a church aflame? Remember, as Adrian Rogers said, “God doesn’t want us to do anything for Him, He wants to do something through us.” Let Him use you in your local church.All Sermons by Adrian Rogers