Peace in the Storms of Life

Abed_nego2

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Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass”
Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal”
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There are times when life seems so unbearable especially when storms come in our life. Physical pain, hard decisions, financial hardships, death of a loved one, and shattered dreams threaten to engulf us; not to mention the news headlines regarding unemployment, foreclosures, budget cuts, and homelessness. It’s one thing to hear the despairing news but another to have it affect you. We then become perplexed! Plagued by doubts that creep in we find it most difficult to coup with the stress. However, those who know the Lord through personal faith in Jesus Christ have in Him a calm retreat in the storms of every day life. We can experience peace of mind and calmness of spirit even when the howling winds of adversity are sweeping over us.

Richard Fuller a 19th-century Baptist preacher, told of an old seaman who said, “In fierce storms, we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.” Fuller then said that is what a believer in Christ must do when reason cannot help. Past experiences give no light and only a single course is left. You must put your soul in one position and keep it there. You must stay upon the Lord; and, come what may; wind, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers, no matter what, you must hold fast your confidence in God’s faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus. Do you feel overwhelmed by the storms in your life? If so, trust Jesus Christ and let Him give you peace in your storm (Philippians 4:6-7).
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Closing thoughts:

We are to cast our burden on the Lord and leave it with Him. While many people know about casting their burden on the Lord, very few really do it for very long. It is our tendency to pray about the problem, give it to the Lord, so to speak, and then take it back as soon as we say, “Amen.” We let the Lord see our burden, but our tendency is to never really leave it with Him, and my brethren, that formula never produces peace. When we’re battered and burdened by the storms of life, we may be tempted to give in to feelings of hopelessness. But if we look to our sovereign Captain and commit our way to Him (Psalm 37:5), we will find peace even in the midst of turmoil. We can trust Him to bring us through the storm.

As recorded in Isaiah 26:3, when our eyes are stayed on the Lord, we are making a conscious decision that the physical trials that we see will not control us, but will be controlled by the invisible God in whom we believe and trust. Remember we will be in perfect peace not because we are focused on the problem, but rather because we are focused on the Great I AM. Encourage yourself in this promise and if you need to, refocus your eyes and keep them stayed on the Lord because only in Him is there Perfect Peace in the storms of life for your spirit, soul and mind (Hebrews 11:3; Exodus 3:13-14; Psalm 46:1-5). Peace, real peace, is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The question that remains is, Have you found that peace?
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Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. - Jesus
 

Wally

Do You Believe ?
Memorize hymns/ Scripture Songs/ Scripture

Jesus Loves Me
Our God is an Awesome God
Nothing is Too Difficult for Thee
For Thou Oh Lord are a Shield for Me

Memorize Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,
39 height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
 

RestInHim

Well-Known Member
I wish I knew how to do this.

Kerbluey, we all struggle. God knows we are human and He knows our pain and how we suffer. He went through everything we go through.

I've been going through some extra health issues and was scared because I knew I was going to have to face a decision that might cause further pain and suffering. I went to Him in prayer and asked Him to show me what to do and to protect me.

I felt bad because I felt scared and anxious, but, then He showed me that it was o.k. that I was scared and anxious, but, that I also stepped out in faith in Him and He strengthened me to move forward in my decision. He gave me strength to get through it and He protected me and comforted me. He was faithful and I didn't go through it alone.

He reminded me afterwards of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

(Matt. 26: 36-56)

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane​

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[b] See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”


There is so much we can learn from Jesus in these verses..... But, I'll share a bit.

First, we see how Jesus was sorrowful and troubled! He even said He was sorrowful, even to death.

The Greek word for "sorrowful" is "lypeō" which means to grieve, to distress; reflexively or passively, to be sad:—cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow(-ful), be (make) sorry.

Now,
The Greek word for "troubled" is "adēmoneō" which means to be very heavy, to be troubled, great distress or anguish, depressed.
  1. This is the strongest of the three Greek words (85, 916, 3076) in the NT for depression.
ἀδημονέω adēmonéō, ad-ay-mon-eh'-o; from a derivative of ἀδέω adéō (to be sated to loathing); to be in distress (of mind):—be full of heaviness, be very heavy.

We see how Jesus went to the Father when He was feeling sorrowful and troubled! Not only once but 3 times. We also see how (Luke 22: 39-46) gives an account of how He was strengthened.

Sometimes we feel guilty for having these feelings of need or feeling scared, anxious or depressed, but, we see here that even Jesus our Lord felt these same feelings we do as humans. Jesus was human and felt everything we felt and suffered everything we suffered. He knew what He was facing when He went to the Cross.
We need not feel guilty, but, He wants us to go to Him with these feelings so that we can be strengthened in Him to do His will and to face whatever we are going through. Just like when Peter stepped out onto the water with Jesus, He asks us to step out in faith too and He will be there to help us, to sustain us and to comfort us.

Psalm 23

The Lord the Shepherd of His People​

A Psalm of David.​

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not [a]want.
2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;
He leads me beside the [c]still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will [d]dwell in the house of the Lord
[e]Forever.

 
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