Silence the Storm and Sleep

Sea by Salvatore VuonoMark 4:35-40 “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 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. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 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? 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. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

The greatest thing people wish for is peace. If you’re looking for peace, it’s not in a bottle.

Peace has two definitions in Webster’s—‘freedom from war’ and ‘rest from fear and worry.’

This world will never see world peace and earthquakes are not going to end in this life as it is now. Troubles and trials in your life are not going to stop. Anyone who tells you different is lying to you. You are reaching for something you will never have. There is no pot of gold. You are going to struggle financially, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. You will find yourself in a season of trouble in your life, but there is a peace that God gives.

The peace that God gives is not dependent on what’s happening around you. He works in the midst of a storm.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

If here is your home, you will have troubles, but if you make heaven your home, there is a peace that you can draw from your homeland. Everywhere you go, you can bring peace with you.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the Creator who brought peace into the world in the first place. Peace came to earth when He was born on earth. He didn’t have access to peace. He WAS Peace.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

You can’t have the peace of God until you are at peace with God.

Isaiah 57:20-21 “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Eph 2:14 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”

Col 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Without Jesus, there is no peace, only storms.

Col 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

You don’t have to blow up someone’s phone when your world falls apart, get on your knees.

You can have peace while others go to pieces.

The wise man prays for peace, not to be safe from danger, but for faith in the midst of a storm, freedom from fear. The storms within are much more dangerous, than the storms without.

If there’s no peace inside your heart, there is no true enjoyment in any part of your life. What you’re looking for is not on the outside of your life. You can silence the storm within through Jesus.

‘Be thou muzzled,’ is what Jesus said to the storm. Or, ‘Shut up! You’re scaring my kids!’ The waters and winds obey the voice of God. Great miracle, great strong wind, great awesome God. God says, ‘Shhh,’ and they obey.

Jesus is the original storm-walker. Jesus is no scaredy-cat. He just wanted to sleep, He told His disciples they were going somewhere, they didn’t need to be afraid. Jesus keeps His Word.

Silence the storm. Get your eyes off the wind and waves and put them on the One who says, ‘Be thou muzzled!’ You can’t kill the dog, but you can muzzle the dog, because I serve a God who takes care of me. Don’t speak to the wind. It will blow. Speak to the storm inside.

The lesson here is how to deal with the fear raging within.

Eph 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

Phil 1:28 “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.”

Psalm 29:11 “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

Don’t be anxious for anything. Don’t seek peace, seek the Peace-Maker!

Don’t be like a wave tossed in the sea. A manic-depressive walk with God doesn’t bring peace. Worry consumes you, makes you sick, messes up your trust in God. It is an enemy. Believe that God will supply and ignore those things that you depend on and God will not ignore your needs. God will provide.

Mat 6:25-26 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Phil 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

If you are insecure, you need to be satisfied in what the Word of God says. Get in His presence and let His presence work on your mind and heart.

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

I John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Fear is really faith in something other than God. You bring your umbrella because you have no faith in the sunshine.

Peace and hope deal with the future. Hope anchors you. The storm may be blowing, but we keep looking to Jesus. We keep trusting in His promises.

Heb 6:17-19 “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”

God can’t lie. He made promises and they can’t be changed. As soon as God says something, it’s true. When God says, ‘light,’ there’s light. When God says, ‘you are a new creature,’ it is true!

There are three common symbols in the Catacombs of Rome when Christians were persecuted, the fish, the cross, and an anchor. Their hope was anchored to Jesus. Our hope in Jesus is what anchors our souls.

We don’t know when the next wave will hit and everyone needs an anchor. Let your anchor be secured in Jesus and His Word.

Why can we hope in God?

Heb 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Jude 1:24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”

Deut 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

Mal 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

I Cor 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God is faithful.

I Thes 5:24 “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

You can anchor your soul in Him.

I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

There must be a connection between us and Him.

Rom 8:24 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”

You can’t see an anchor that is under the water attached to the earth. An anchor has to have an unseen grip. You have to have something unseen that is stable. This is what you need. You can’t count on things that are not firm. In a storm, a ship is safest with a firm grip by the anchor. The waves are broken by a stable ship. The smoothness at the bows indicates the anchor is still holding.

This ship, the church, is seaworthy. If it gets a little shaky, tug on that Anchor a little. You will see that it still holds.

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.

For the full audio of this sermon (and other great sermons!) click here.

If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.

www.thelifechurchofdesplaines.com

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About ChristinaLi

Christina Li, BA, MA, is a wife, mother of five, journalist, and author. She believes life is an adventure and has seen first hand the miraculous that happens when you say 'yes' to God. Besides writing, she loves tea, black, green, or white, and coffee, fresh roasted by her wonderful husband. Check out her books at: amazon.com/author/christinali
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