In today’s message Bro. Leo asks the question “on a scale of 1-10 what level is your faith?”. The statement “Christ allows storms to come into my life so He can see how much faith I have” is a false statement. Jesus already knows how much faith we have before He allows the storm. His purpose for the storm is to reveal to us our weaknesses and to strengthen our faith. Not all storms that we encounter are sent to us from God, some we bring upon ourselves by not following His commandments. Either way we are to handle them in the same manner by allowing them to show us our weaknesses and strengthen our faith that Jesus can and will calm them. Storms bring desperation and distress to our lives which in turn teach us new ways to grab hold of God’s power.
During the many storms in our lives as Christians we shouldn’t throw a pity party, we should grab hold of Jesus with the mindset that He will calm the storm and strengthen our faith through it.
Scriptures used in today’s message:
Mar 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
Mar 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
Mar 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Mar 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Mar 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Luk 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
1Pe 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Psa 57:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Psa 57:2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
Psa 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
Psa 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Psa 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?