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AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
SERMON STARTER
 
        Three devastating Hurricanes and a Mexico City Earthquake have left us reeling. Our Federal FEMA Teams have been stretched thin and our national resources tapped to the limit to cover all these losses. All the Houston families can do is pile what used to be their home and belongings next to the curb for hauling. One estimate of the debris alone would fill 150 Football Fields.
          A disaster of Biblical proportions, Hurricane Harvey alone dumped 25 trillion gallons of water on Houston, Texas. Hurricane Irma left 6 1/2 million people without power in Florida. Triple digit winds knocked out power to nearly 3/4 of Florida's electricity customers. Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico
with no electricity. Most of the Island's 2400 miles of transmission lines are out. More than 15,000 people are in shelters. To compound matters the Island is going to have to compete with Texas and Florida for emergency relief funds.
          The aftermath of these three storms has left people evaluating what is really important in life. Americans hit by the wind and the flood are asking themselves if stuff/things are that important. We are left to pick up the pieces, bury the dead and find out who our real friends and neighbors are.
          This Triple Catastrophe forces us to think about the frailty of life on this earth and who we really need to get through it all.
Corrie Ten Boom said it this way, "When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through your whole life. When Jesus leads you through your life, He brings you safely home."
          Jesus isn't just with us in the storm, but through it as well.  The same grace of God that occasionally takes us into life's storms, takes us through them and out of them as well. Today's sermon explores the Biblical view of the storms' aftermath.

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October 1, 2017 - Sheepfold Ministries
Pastor Phil Roland

AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
HOW TO STORM-PROOF YOUR FAITH
VARIOUS TEXTS

"Jesus isn't just with us in the storm, but through it as well.  The same grace of God that occasionally takes us into life's storms, takes us through them and out of them as well."                                               Pastor Phil  <><<

 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”  Isaiah 26:3-4

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.  Isaiah 43:1-3

 

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
I. GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER THE STORM - Psalm 29:10-11 (NIV)
10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
A. God is greater than the storm and flood
                    1. Three Hurricanes in a row are significant
                    2. God has something to say and we're not listening
                    3. He has our attention at this point
          B. We may be out of control, but never God
                    1. When we are in distress we seek our status-quo comfort
                    2. Disassociate with cable or satellite TV, lose ourselves
                    3. Disassociate with I Phones, Androids, tablets and laptops
                    4. Oppps! No electricity
          C. God was in control before, during and after the storm - Jere. 33:3
                    3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,
              which you do not know.'
                    1. God allows us to be out-of-control so we will cry out to Him
                    2. God is the Divine Parents who awaits our cry in the night
          D. God never ceases to care for you in the storm - Lam. 3:22-23
                      22 Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His                                 compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your                             faithfulness.
                   
AFTERMATH OF THE STORM CONT., P.2

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
II. GOD CARES FOR US THROUGH IT ALL - Psalm 107:29-31
29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. 30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. 31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

          A. He is with us before, during and after the storm - Deut. 31:6
                    6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
              LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you
              nor forsake you."
                    1. He will never leave you as orphans - John 14:18
                                        18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
                    2. The Lord never abandons His kids
          B. Trust openly in God's Care (Not presumptuously)
                    1. Be Prepared - Doomsday Preppers
                    2. Faith after the storm in God's Provision and Peace
          C. Use every lifeline God's sends, especially after the storm
                    1. Remind yourself regularly, "God's in Control"
2. Submit yourself and your needs daily to Him
                    3. Pray it and mean it - Matthew 6:11
                          "Give us this day our daily bread."

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
III. GOD WILL USE YOUR FAITH AS A TESTIMONY- Heb. 11:6
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
          A. GREEK: πίστις = PIS-TIS - "Faith, Belief, Trust"
1. Acrostic - Forsaking All I Trust Him
                    2. We keep our eyes on Jesus through it all
          B. Eyes are watching you, looking to you for leadership / example
                    1. Our actions speak louder than words
                    2. Keep doing the next thing God sets before you

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM
IV. GOD WILL HELP YOU STORM-PROOF YOUR LIFE
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong

          A. Assess the Aftermath Damage after Life's Storms
                    1. Do you have spiritual resources to help you?
AFTERMATH OF THE STORM CONT., P.3

                    2. Hint, God's Word is a starter
          B. Pick up the Broken Pieces
                    1. Roof Needs Repair, water damage?
                    2. What's broken? Bad Habits, Poor Attitudes, Health
                    3. If it 'aint broke, you can't fix it!
                    4. Where am I broken?
                    5. Take responsibility for yourself
          C. Check Your Assets
                    1. FEMA? National Guard? Federal Aid?
                    2. Bible Knowledge and Understanding
                    3. Practical Spiritual Survival Experience
                    4.
          D. Rebuild Wiser
                    1. Higher Ground, Firmer Foundation
                    2. Poem, Edna St Vincent Millay
“SAFE upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
                               Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!”

                    3. Storm Proof Your Life and Future
                    4. Rebuild your life after the storms on Jesus Christ
                    5. Invite him into your heart and life
                    6. DO IT TODAY!

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

JOHN WESLEY’S STORM AFTERMATH
          In late 1735, a ship made it’s way to the New World from England. On board was a young Anglican minister, John Wesley, who had been invited to serve as a pastor to British colonists in Savannah, Georgia. A storm hit and the ship found itself in serious trouble. Wesley, who was chaplain of the vessel, feared for his life.
          But he noticed that the group of German Moravians, who were on their way to preach to American Indians, were not afraid at all. In fact, throughout the storm, they sang calmly. When the trip ended, he asked the Moravian leader about his serenity, and the Moravian responded with a question: Did he, Wesley, have faith in Christ? Wesley said he did, but later reflected, “I fear they were vain words.”
          Wesley’s experience in Georgia was a failure, both personally and ministry-wise. A bitter Wesley returned to England. After speaking with another Moravian, Peter Boehler, Wesley concluded that he lacked saving faith. On May 24, 1738, he had an experience that changed everything. He described the event in his journal:
          “In the evening, I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”
(From the web site, http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/fourthofjuly /features/wesley.html).
          God used those Moravians’ trusting Him during that storm at sea to bring about the conversion of the great evangelist, John Wesley. If you’re going through a storm, He wants you to trust Him. He is sovereign over your storm. If you trust Him openly, He will use you to bear witness to many who need to know the Savior, who alone can deliver us from the storm of God’s wrath that is sure to come on the whole earth.

 

Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)
27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Psalm 24:1-2 (NKJV)
1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.

Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)
". . . God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Psalm 107:29-31 (NKJV)
29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.
31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 34:17-19 (NKJV)
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV)
9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Isaiah 43:1-3
1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

James 1:12 (NIV)
12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NKJV)
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

 

I. Brighter Days - Psa. 30:5
Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

II. Deliverance - Psa. 34:19
Psalm 34:19 (NKJV)
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

III. Everything is for our Good - Rom. 8:18; 28; 32; 2 Cor. 4:17
Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV)
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

IV. Divine Grace - 2 Cor. 12:9
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

V. Ultimate Glory - Rev. 21:4
Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

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REMEMBER, AFTER EVERY STORM GOD ALWAYS SENDS PROVISION AND PEACE. . .

 

Conclusion:
When the great missionary David Livingstone returned to Scotland after sixteen years of service in Africa, his body was emaciated from numerous diseases. A near-fatal lion attack had disabled his left arm. Livingstone’s endurance and courage are legendary. While he was speaking to a group at Glasgow University, a student asked what sustained him during the most difficult times. Livingstone said, “It was Christ’s promise that He was with me to the end. This is the word of a gentleman of the most strict and sacred honor, so there is an end.” The storm will eventually pass. Until that time, Christ, who is the Anchor of our soul, has promised to stay the course with you.
http://www.lifeway.com/article/155951/

JOHN WESLEY’S STORM AFTERMATH
          In late 1735, a ship made it’s way to the New World from England. On board was a young Anglican minister, John Wesley, who had been invited to serve as a pastor to British colonists in Savannah, Georgia. A storm hit and the ship found itself in serious trouble. Wesley, who was chaplain of the vessel, feared for his life.
          But he noticed that the group of German Moravians, who were on their way to preach to American Indians, were not afraid at all. In fact, throughout the storm, they sang calmly. When the trip ended, he asked the Moravian leader about his serenity, and the Moravian responded with a question: Did he, Wesley, have faith in Christ? Wesley said he did, but later reflected, “I fear they were vain words.”
          Wesley’s experience in Georgia was a failure, both personally and ministry-wise. A bitter Wesley returned to England. After speaking with another Moravian, Peter Boehler, Wesley concluded that he lacked saving faith. On May 24, 1738, he had an experience that changed everything. He described the event in his journal:
          “In the evening, I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”
(From the web site, http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/fourthofjuly /features/wesley.html).
          God used those Moravians’ trusting Him during that storm at sea to bring about the conversion of the great evangelist, John Wesley. If you’re going through a storm, He wants you to trust Him. He is sovereign over your storm. If you trust Him openly, He will use you to bear witness to many who need to know the Savior, who alone can deliver us from the storm of God’s wrath that is sure to come on the whole earth.

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"In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-in-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds." Walden, Henry David Thoreau