When Facing the Storms of Life - Outline

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Mark 4:37 AMPC

“And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.”

1.         When trouble is headed your way. . .always do what Jesus did.

Mark 4:38 NKJB

“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Matthew 6:34 MSG

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

"We were sleeping one night, when the manifestation of evil filled the room and the spirit of fear gripped both of us. Polly was so frightened she could not open her eyes. I suddenly sat up, in the bed, and saw the devil. I rubbed my eyes to be sure, it was him. I said, ‘Oh! It's only you.' I then turned to Polly and told her to go back to sleep, it was nothing of consequence, and I laid my head back down. Suddenly an overwhelming sense of peace and love filled the room and we had the most blessed sleep ever."

2.         You gotta know God will never tell you to do anything dangerous without a way of escape.

Mark 4:35 AMPC

“On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].”

Acts 2:23 NLT

“But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Numbers 11:19-20 NLT

“And it won’t be for just a day or two, or for five or ten or even twenty.  You will eat it [meat] for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord, who is here among you, and you have whined to him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’

Numbers 11:21 NLT

“There are 600,000 men alone … yet you promise them meat for a whole month!  If we butcher all our flocks … it won’t be enough!  We would have to catch every fish in the ocean to fulfill your promise!”

Numbers 11:23 NLT

Then the Lord said to Moses, “When did I become weak?”

Romans 4:20 AMPC

“No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.”

Psalm 68:28 NASV

“Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJB

For the eyes of the Lordrun to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf ofthose whose heartisloyal to Him….”

3.         God is not moved by the adversities we face. . .and neither should we be.

Isaiah 41:10 MSG

“Don't panic. I'm with you.  There's no need to fear for I'm your God.  I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."

4.         When in the midst of the storms of life. . .call on Him and quote the Word.

Psalm 86:7 KJV

“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

Jeremiah 29:12-14 AMPC

“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.   Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity. . .”

You can’t quote what you don’t know.

Matthew 22:29 NLT

“Jesus replied, `Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.’”

5.         When you rely on the Word. . .all your fears will leave.

First, Isaiah 41:10 CEV

Don't be afraid. I am with you. Don't tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.”

Second, Psalm 118:6 MSG

“God's now at my side and I'm not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?”       

Third, Deuteronomy 20:1 MSG

“. . . In a few minutes you're going to do battle with your enemies. Don't waver in resolve. Don't fear. Don't hesitate. Don't panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win."

Fourth, Psalm 139:5 MSG

“…You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence.

“I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful—I can't take it all in!” 

6.         When facing the storms of life. . .tell your circumstances and those in your boat to be still.

Mark 4:39 AMPC

“And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).”

Mark 4:41 MSG

“They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?" they asked. "Wind and sea at his beck and call!"

John 14:12 AMPC

“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”

7.         Always be willing to learn in every situation.

Philippians 4:11 NLT

“I’m not saying this because I’m in any need. I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in.”

Philippians 4:12 NLT

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”

Philippians 4:13 MSG

“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 MSG

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”