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Standing in the Storms of Life


I want to share with you on: standing in the storms of life. How many know that storms come on us once in a while, a
bit unexpected aye? Every one of us faces storms of some kind. Storms, sometimes we see them coming on the
horizon, sometimes you don't see them, they just blow up, and they just come. I want to just talk about some storms,
a particular storm that Jesus' disciples faced, and the Holy Spirit, in the word of God, separated out from everything
that Jesus did, just some things that we need to hear about. So there's so many things, if you wrote them all down it
would fill the books of the world, so the ones we see here that are written have really got something for us, so let's
have a look.
On the same day when evening had come, Jesus said - Mark 4:35 - let's cross over to the other side. And when they
left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was; no time to change, no time to get packed, hop in the
boat and leave. And other little boats were also with Him, and a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the
boat - it was already getting filled with water. But He was in the stern of the boat, asleep on a pillow. Isn't that
wonderful aye? That's Jesus - and they awoke Him, and said to Him: teacher, don't You care we're about to die?
We're perishing! And He arose, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: peace, be still! The wind ceased, and there
was a great calm. Then He said to them: why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? And the y were
even more fearful. They feared exceedingly, and said: who can this be, even the wind and the sea obey Him!
So you notice this is a story of a storm, and how to hand le a storm. Every one of us faces storms in life. This
particular storm was a dramatic storm. Notice what Jesus says at the beginning. He says: let's cross over to the other
side. In other words, He had an assignment for them. Jesus had in mind a territory to be reached. Jesus had a vision
of a whole region of people He wanted to reach with the gospel; so when He said: let's cross over, what He's really
saying is: I don't want to just stay preaching to those who've already heard the word of God. I want to g o out to where
people haven't heard the word of God. There's a whole territory out there, that I want to go to; and He said: let us
cross over to the other side. So this is a tremendous picture for us, of God speaking about the need for us to break
out of limitations, break out of comfort zones, to bring the gospel to people who never heard Him. People need to
hear about Jesus Christ. The only way they're going to hear is if we bring the good news to them.
So notice the mandate they have, is to leave the comfort zone, and go out to where people haven't heard the gospel;
and so they had to leave the crowd behind. It's great to be gathering and meeting like this. We have a great time, we
enjoy the presence of God, but there are people around you every da y that have never heard about the kingdom of
God, they've never heard about a saviour who loves them. They're wrestling with storms in their life, unable to know
what to do, and we've got something that can help them. It won't matter what stage you are at in you r journey in your
Christian life, you have something to help someone who doesn't know Christ - even if it's a simple act of kindness
opens the door, but you have to cross over. You've got to cross over the great gap between: being with my friends;
and being where people are who don't know Jesus. You've actually got to initiate it. Notice that Jesus said: you leave
where you are, and go to where they are. It's always like that.
Often we think: well, we'd love to invite people to come; and it's great to have events to gather people too. They're
great to do that, but really the bottom line is, God wants us to go where people are in need. I just so appreciated
Thomas this morning, just his willingness to go to desperate people in need. I mean that's a - to have a young man
stepping out like that to do something like that, he's never put any demand on anyone. He's worked sacrificially to do
this. This is a thing that's inspiring, and it's a great example, but the bottom line is: he's going where people are; and
we go out those doors to where people are, but you've got to intentionally leave the comfort zone.
Notice: they left the multitudes, left the crowd, left the place of comfort, to go to where people are in need. You
actually have to engage them; and in the engaging with unsaved people, there will be a clash of kingdoms. We have
to just understand the reality of that, and in this particular passage, and the next one that follows, there are two
clashes that take place. In other words, Jesus has given the discipl es an assignment, but always with the
assignments of God, there will come a spiritual conflict. It is inevitable. If you are walking into what God has for you,
you will face a clash between: the kingdom you represent; and the kingdom of darkness. It will n ot yield it's captives
readily. It's something we have to bear. A lot of Christians aren't aware, that around the issue of reaching souls, there
is a spiritual conflict; and it requires we overcome some of the things that arise against us. I want to help you
 
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