Say Something ~ Based on a sermon by Pastor Kevin Dudley, Sunday September 14, 2014

September 30, 2014

Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-51 NIV)

Many have lived long enough that they have become familiar with storms. Storms are something that we grow accustom to; when we least expect we find ourselves in the middle of a storm. Even as we are doing God’s work we will still be faced with storms. Storms that make us want to throw in the towel because everything is out of our control. Jesus was in the presence of the disciples and the storm still came. The truth of the matter is the storms will come, and the storms demand a faith response.

We can’t let what we are going through become the driving force of who we are. Our faith response must be with the authority and strength of Jesus Christ for us to make it through. Don’t expect your storm to stop just cause you said so; you need the supernatural strength and faith in Jesus Christ to overcome a storm. Talk to yourself to help you maintain your faith development, your stability, your sanity while you are in the middle of your storm. Stop focusing on trying to change your circumstance, embrace the Sovereign God of your life and have faith enough to talk to yourself so that no matter what the storm is you will be alright, because you have the nerve to Say Something. How do you get through your storm, tell yourself:

I have someplace to be. I am going somewhere and have someplace to be. Sometimes we get so caught up in the storm that we miss what God has said before the storm started. God didn’t say we might get there. HE already knows the destination. He is our assurance that we will get there. When you are in a storm remind yourself that you have someplace to be. Don’t make something permanent that is meant only to be temporary. Push through your storm. God has already declared, I have someplace to be.

I’ve got sense. You need to operate in what you know. When you are hurting you tend to turn to crazy where you do things and say things that you know are not right. Talk to yourself to keep your mind on God. Why are you so nervous and wound up while you are going through your storm. God is with you. you’ve got sense, pay attention to the Lord of the storm. Trust what you know and not just what you think you know. God will bring you through.

I’ve still got more to learn. God still allows the storms to come so that we learn while we are going through. It may seem like we are going through a storm over and over again, but that is because we are missing what God has for us. How many storms do you have to go through until you realize what God is trying to get through to you? Learn while you are going through it so you do not have to stumble in the next storm like you did through this one. What is a storm when you have a Savior? There is another storm coming and we must walk by faith and not by sight. Know that God will bring you through; He will make you stronger.

Tell your storm, I’m not getting stuck here because I’ve got somewhere to be. You have sense to know that you still got more to learn. Allow God’s praise to remain in your mouth and remember that you are armed with exactly what you need. Say Something!

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