God Can Use Storms to Build Faith

By August 25, 2012 Sermon Notes

The reason why God lets your enemies and storms of life get closer to you is because this
makes your anointing fresher.

Topic: How God uses storms to get our attention . . . and then to save us.
Big Idea: We can learn much from the account of Jesus walking across the water in the midst
of the storm, and from Peter’s boldness to walk on the water toward Jesus

We ask “Why me?” when we go through storms unbelievers don’t go through.
Matthew 14:22-33 gives us five principles to help us make sense out of the storm.

Jesus Walks on the Water

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Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the
mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this
time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the
disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they
cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not
be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the
water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to
Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord,
save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O
you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

1) Do what the Lord tells you to do.
-Jesus told the disciples to go to the other side of the lake, and they obeyed.
-We often think storms are a result of our disobedience. But it’s not necessarily so.
-This passage show you can do exactly what God asks and still face a storm

2) Don’t get so focused on the storm that you lose sight of Jesus.
-Often God brings storms in order to speak to us; storms get our attention.
-Jesus says, “Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
-The children of Israel had forgotten who God was, and what he could do.
An example: You’re picking a basketball team, and a tall guy walks up. You ask him a few
questions about his skills, because you don’t know him. Then Michael Jordan shows up; you
don’t quiz him about his skills, because you know him, and what he can do
-Whatever you’re facing,” I Am” is on your side.

3) You won’t do anything great for God if you won’t get out of the boat.
-Peter was willing to leave the “boat people” behind; we must be willing too.
-The boat is full of the doubters. Don’t let them get in your way.
-The only person who could have stopped Peter was Peter himself.

4) In a storm, God will reveal to us that we’re not all we think we are.
-We have a tendency to think more highly of ourselves than we should.
-When Peter tried everything he could think of, he blurted, “Lord, save me.”
-Storms will keep us from taking ourselves so seriously, and God so lightly.

5) God will save us in the midst of our storms.

-Some of us doubt God’s love for us and are always trying to help Him out.
-The storm didn’t stop until after Jesus and Peter were back in the boat.
-God doesn’t have to stop the storm; he can walk with us right through the storm.

(Isaiah 59:19).
“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the
sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard
against him”

Floods come during the storm
God fights all our battles, if we let Him.

– How do you view God? Do you recognize Him moving in your life?
– Your storm is a set up for you to walk on water

If we want to walk on water we MUST get out of the boat
•Though Peter wanted to get out the boat. He knew better then to just step out without
hearing the Lord tell him to.
>>> We must check with God before we make major moves in our life

Pslm 127:1
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the
city, the watchman waketh but in vain.