Ps Clinton Phillips 2nd Nov 2014 (Job 1:18, Matthew 14:22-31, Psalm 16:8-9, 2 Corinthians 10:5)Clinton Phillips, November 2, 2014
Part of the A Life Of Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
What's sawing got to do with it?
What I focus on, I live in. What gets my attention, that's the place I live.
Job 1:18. loses children. How do we handle loss and grief? Faith doesn't deny the situation, the circumstance, doesn't tell you not to feel. Go through grieving processes. When we go through the suffering of our lives, that God is with us. The peace of God that passes understanding is with us, guards our hearts and minds. In the midst of it, God is with you. Haircut story. Sometimes in situations we face, the things that we leant on and trusted in seem to disappear. But God says that he will never run off or crumble. We can lean on him and trust him.
Matt 14:25 Faith comes by hearing the word.. Hard to understand the peace of God that passes all understanding, until you are in a situation where you need that. If your faith is built, not by how much church/messages/worship, but by how much of the Word of God we hear. Storm, cried out in fear - "could it get any worse?". In the midst of that, the Word of God comes to us in our situation. I can look at situation or problem and just see it as a problem, or have eyes to see it in a bigger context. In that moment, God will speak something into your life: "It is I - do not be afraid". God is right here with me. Does the situation change? No, but something had changed in them. God is letting you know that he is with you.
vs 28. When God speaks a word, there will be opposition that says "did God say that to you?" But we need to be a people who know the voice of God - my sheep know my voice. In this season, when things don't seem to be working out - the promise of God vs your reality - to trust God and listen to his voice. In the midst of the storm, God is speaking to you - Don't doubt God's word to you.
vs 29. Stepping out of the boat - Right there God gives permission and ability. Is able to keep you, is able to hold you.
There are some people today who God has spoken a word to you, telling you to step out on the water. Given permission to do it, come! Our situation, our fears - but if God speaks to us a word, then step out on that word.
When we step out, God sustains us! Be obedient to His voice, we know his word. We wait for God to say "come" then we can step out. If we step out before that, then there's nothing to keep us.
vs 30 Peter reached out to Jesus, who kept him from sinking. Peter walked on water on a little faith. Imagine if he had a bigger faith? When they got back into the boat, the wind ceased. Peter sank when he focussed on the storm. Israel watched the Egyptian army washed away, but going into the promised land: "look at those giants!". We we begin to focus on the storm or the giants, we begin to lose focus on what God said. Be a person of faith!
how do we do this?
Psalm 16:8-9 Set The Lord before me, I will not be moved. Right hand is a position of authority. Therefore, my heart is glad ... my body will rest in hope (rest secure). Set God before you, and then let God's word work in your life. Your body will find rest. Rest = reset, adjust, counterbalance.
2 Cor 10:3-5. Bring every thought captive. Don't let thoughts, feelings, emotions, circumstance rule you and direct your ways.
Set. Capture. Hide.
Psalm 119:11 - your word I have hidden in my heart. not listened to a sermon - God's word I have hidden
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18While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: (KJV)
22And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (KJV)
8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 10:5
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (KJV)