Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Is Jesus in your storm | Austin Kudalkar

This message was preached by  Austin Kudalkar at Word of Grace Church  Pune, on the 6th of July, 2014. You can listen/download to the audio by clicking here

Have you ever faced a desperate situation? If Jesus had not intervened your life would have been miserable. 

My father was critically ill last year. We went through rough times. We struggled financially. People from the church stood with s God calmed the storm and rescued my dad from death.
Even the disciples went through struggle and danger. In Mark 4:1- Jesus had taught them many parables. In the evening they went to the other side of the lake.
As they were sailing he fell off to sleep. He must have been very tired.
Without warning, a furious storm came and nearly sunk the boat. The disciples panicked- they were anxious and they were calling out to Jesus. He awoke and calmed the storm. The disciples asked him, “Don’t you care?” Jesus calmed the storm with one word and the storms subsided.
Jesus asked the disciples why they had no faith. The disciples could not figure him out that the wind and waves obey him.
The disciples had witnessed many miracles:
Mark 1:25- the demon possessed man was delivered; 1:30-34: Simon’s mother in law was healed; 1:40- man with leprosy was healed; 2:5- the paralytic; 3:5- shriveled hand healed. The disciples saw the impossible happen.
Q. What can we learn about the Lord Jesus?
He has supreme authority. Hebrews 1: 3 says that “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He is the creator and sustainer of all things. Col 1: 16- “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Q. What do we learn from the disciples?
They were fearful, had negative thought. They doubted Jesus inspite of seeing the miracles.
1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”Philippians 4:6 says do not be anxious about anything. So if you are anxious, you run, cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.
God is concerned for his disciples- his people. He rescues them from the storm. God rescued Daniel and his 3 friends. God shuts the lion’s mouth. What about David and Goliath? God protects and rescues us. He knows our weakness.
Q. So what does God want from us?
He wants us to be still, to trust in Him and not doubt Him. He assures us in Hebrews 13: 5:6- “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. What will man do to you?
Remember the miracles he has done in the past in your lives and in that of your friends.
Q. How do we apply this?
·       Believe He is the creator
·       Trust Him in all situations
·       You may be facing challenges with finances, job, barrenness, life-partner, etc. do not fear. Be faithful, trust in him and God will come through for you.

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that have people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service. To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.

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