Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Mark 4:38 (ESV) But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion…
Matthew 8:23 (ESV) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
Psalms 139:16 – (NET 2005) Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.
1. There will always be a storm
John 16:33 (ESV) …In the world you will have tribulation…
2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
Luke 14:27 (ESV) Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
1 Peter 4:12 (ESV) …do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Matthew 28:20b (ESV) …And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
John 16:33 (ESV) “…in the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
2. God is more concerned with the storm inside you than the storm around you.
Matthew 8:25-26 (ESV) And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Matthew (8:26a) “Why are you afraid o you of little faith?!”
Mark 4:40 (ESV) He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Philippians 1:6 (ESV) And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
3. His presence is greater than my storm
Isaiah 54:17a (AMP) No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper
Romans 8:31b (ESV) …If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:37b (ESV) …in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
1 John 4:4b (ESV) …for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Joshua 1:9 (ESV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”