Teacher Ann Aikens - Bible Study
" HEROES OF FAITH "
KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS
Matthew 14: Jesus after feeding the multitude with five loaves of bread and two fishes; (22) constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, (crossing the Sea of Galilee) while he sent the multitudes away. While crossing the Sea of Galilee they were caught in a sudden storm. The bible says contrary Winds and waves threatened to capsize their vessel. (25) In the midst of the storm Jesus came unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Peter’s experience is a vivid example to us, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus; Jesus is able to keep us above the violence of the storm, even though we’re in the midst of it. When peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started to get overwhelmed. Yet when he cried out to Jesus he didn’t sink so far that Jesus couldn’t reach him.
God’s Word is a present anchor of Hope to all believers. We live in a stormy world. Waves of financial despair, political and civil unrest, emotional upheaval, relationship issues and personal failures threaten to overwhelm us and pull us under.
Yet if we keep our eyes fixed on God’s Word, we can stay above, and walk on the waters of every storm.
To be a friend of God you need to lay down your life for Him. He said, “whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it”
Jesus chose us as Friends, he died for us as Friends, he caused us to trust him as our Friend, and he will remain our Friend for the endless ages to come
Surviving The Storms Of Life – TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD
Storms can hit at any time, and hit every area of your life it seems at the same time. And the Right Storm at the Right Time can make you feel so banged up that you may begin to believe you won’t survive. So how do I survive a storm that has broken up my life? A storm that’s blown my finances to pieces? A storm that has cost me my job? A storm that has taken love one’s young and old, and left me so heartbroken I can’t function? “ YOU DON’T JUMP SHIP – YOU TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD”
In Acts 27 we find Paul a prisoner in route to Rome on a ship and is about to encounter a storm. When you are about God’s business you will face some storms and dark times. Some of OUR STORMS will be ordained by God and some self inflicted. In this case Paul was in a storm that was not caused by him, but caused by people who made a bad decision.
Now because of some people’s bad decision other people will be jeopardized [Property Destroyed & Lives Lost] . People of God; my brothers and sisters, your decisions not only affect you but other people are also impacted. Paul warned them about the storm.
[Read Acts 27:27-44 (God all ways sends a warning before He allows the storm) Now they were about to suffer the consequences for not listening. Just like us. We are oftentimes forewarned before we make a bad decision. Yet Paul did not only give them a Warning he also gave them a Promise. In verses. 22-25, God sent a message thru an angel that they that would listen to the Promise will make it thru the storm and reach there destination. My beloved, the angel of the Lord still speaks with a promise while you are in a storm. God will never leave you or forsake you and you will make it thru your storm. How? It is because God is Sovereign. God has the power to override any and everything that His children encounter. This should give you encouragement and strength to endure all storms. But if the truth be told storms don’t feel good. As soon as times get rough we are ready to bail out - And many of us know the promises of God yet we are ready give up because the storm seems too rough and we don’t see God doing anything about it. But you can’t Jump ship. No matter how bad things get I rather be where God is any day! So don’t jump ship! You will survive!
TO SURVIVE THE STORM YOU MUST TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD.