This Is Jesus Series – Part 4
“Calms My Fears”
Storms of different kinds come into our lives suddenly, leaving us to feel we’re not in control. Marriage storms, career storms, financial storms, even health storms.
We must continually remind ourselves that Jesus is with us in the middle of our storm. He desires to calm our storm, exchanging the fear that we may be experiencing with His peace.
Mark 4:36-41 tells the story of Jesus (LOGOS) using His words to calm a storm. John 1:1 tells us the Word (LOGOS) existed in the beginning.
LOGOS means the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order.
John identifies Jesus as the Word-LOGOS incarnate. As the ‘Word,’ Jesus gives meaning and purpose to all things. This means He’s in complete control over all creation, not just the weather. He can calm, spiritual, emotional, health, financial, and relational storms. Whatever fear that’s creating a storm in your life, just as Jesus was in control of the storm on the sea, you can trust that Jesus is the LOGOS, and can bring peace to your life too.
HOW TO EXCHANGE MY FEARS FOR GOD’S PEACE
1. ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LIFE IS FULL OF STORMS.
Trusting Jesus doesn’t mean that there won’t be storms. Sometimes we’re going to face a storm because:
a) Of a bad decision we made
b) Of a bad decision someone else made
c) We live in a broken and fallen world
d) God wants to teach us something. He’s helping us grow so we’re prepared for what’s coming.
Jesus’ peace doesn’t come from the absence of storms. It comes from knowing that He’s in control when we’re in the middle of the storm.
Storms often come out of nowhere, without warning. And like the disciples in the boat, our lives are cast into chaos, panic, worry, and fear.
We can experience peace in the midst of life’s storms when we acknowledge that storms are going to come. But we can be at rest because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). We don’t have to face storms alone. Jesus says no matter how big the storm, I am bigger.
2. BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS IN CONTROL OF MY STORMS.
In our story, the disciples are panicking, but Jesus spoke three words: Silence, be still. (Mark 4:39). That’s all it took. That’s the power that Jesus possesses at His command to bring peace to any situation, calm to any storm, order to any chaos.
Many times, when something goes wrong, we forget that Jesus is in control. It’s easier to believe that Jesus is in control when our life is calm. But He’s equally in control in both situations.
IT IS NOT THE SIZE OF THE STORM THAT MATTERS; IT IS THE SIZE OF THE GOD WE SERVE!
The foundation in our storm is the Logos who created the universe and is in control of everything. Life is tough, but our Jesus is tougher, and nothing takes Him by surprise! (Hebrews 13:5-6). In the storms of life, let us learn to call on the name of the Lord!
3. CALL OUT TO JESUS DURING MY STORMS
The disciples struggled with their faith in this storm. ‘Teacher, don’t You care that we’re going to drown?’ (Mark 4:38). God understands our limitations! God allows us to question Him when we go through the storms of life.
The key is, to call out to Him. Whether you’re calling out to Him in anger, desperation, praise, or confusion, whatever the motivation … call out to Him. Tell God what you need, thank Him for all He has done, then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:6-7).
4. DON’T FORGET JESUS IS WITH ME IN MY STORMS
When the wind is blowing, it’s raining, and the waves are crashing, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel alone. However, you can be sure of this, there has never been, nor will there ever be a storm that you go through where Jesus isn’t there with you.
When you’re in the middle of your storms the best thing to do is to remember and think back to a storm that you went through in the past.
This will build your faith to believe for the present (Psalms 77:11).
The disciples never forgot that night in the boat, on the Sea of Galilee, in the middle of storm with Jesus. Remembering how Jesus calmed the wind and waves, helped them face some bigger storms that were coming.
After Jesus was crucified, they were going to have to spread the Gospel in the world, where many of them would be killed because of their faith. They never forgot when Jesus was with them in that storm.
Remembering Jesus’ presence in the past brings peace in the present.
Remember, Jesus is the logos. He is the one who holds all things together by the power of His word, He is the one who gives all things purpose.
Today, there’s a special gift that Jesus wants to give us. If you’re a follower of Jesus, this gift is available to you right now. It’s the gift of peace, no matter your circumstance.
This is the promise from Jesus!
‘I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on December 2, 2018 at New Life Christian Church