Intro: Ill. The setting and the disciples' fear. Occasionally, this resembles our lives. We all occasionally encounter storms, despite the fact that we have never been aboard a ship during a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus will come to our aid as He did for those 12 men in that boat when we do. When Jesus got to the boat, He talked about three aspects of life that were very important to the disciples. He was able to give them His peace in place of their fear as He did. Let's take a few moments to analyze these brief but powerful statements made by Jesus in verse 50. Since in this short articulation we become familiar with the wonderful truth that Jesus is a definitive wellspring of harmony for the devotee. There are a lot of unknowns ahead of each of us as we get ready to start the new year. It is comforting to know that the Lord Jesus already knows about all of them and is able to provide us with the peace we require and desire in the challenging times that lie ahead for each of us. Take note of the three subjects that the Lord Jesus addressed that night.

I. He addressed their fear (Ill. Fearful of the storm and death!) It was as if Jesus were saying to each of us, "Do not fear the storms of life!" when He said, "Be of good cheer." That's much easier to say than to do, but there are a number of good reasons why we shouldn't be afraid of the storms that life throws at us.)

A. V. 48; 51 Tempests Are Influenced quite a bit by (Sick. The specific situation. The supporters are scared. They are struggling, and they are terrified that they will pass away. Jesus, in any case, utilizes the very thing they dread as a way to come to them. By walking on the water and later calming the storm, he demonstrated his control over their situation.) Ill. We worship a huge God! In Job 9:5–13, Job describes His power this way. There are times when life shows up wild, however let me help each youngster to remember God in this room today that Jesus is still in charge of your life, Sick. Psa. 37:23. He still walks on the waves of your turbulent life and has the ability to control those waves. As a result, He is totally deserving of our faith and trust. He is in charge!)

B. V. 45: Storms Are A Part Of His Plan For Our Lives (Ill. Simply because they were in God's will, the disciples were in that boat in the midst of the storm. They were in the tempest since Jesus sent them there!) ( Ill. These preachers who tell you that the child of God will never suffer or go through difficult times should be avoided. They are teaching an untruth and are bogus prophets! In all actuality, storms are not out of the ordinary, yet at the same not dreaded. They have been shipped off us to assist us with developing more into the picture of the Ruler Jesus - 2 Cor. 4:17) (During any turbulent time in one's life, there are two things to keep in mind: 1. Job 23:10 says that God knows where we are and what we face. God permits how He helps our great and for His magnificence - Rom. 8:28) C. V. 51 Storms Always Have A Short Duration (Ill.) The Disciples probably thought they were done. They probably had the impression that this storm wouldn't end before they perished in its fury. However, when Jesus arrived, He was able to demonstrate to them that the storm will always pass.) I'd like to remind you that Jesus knows what you can handle and what challenges you face. He won't permit you to be tried over your constraints of perseverance - 1 Cor. 10:13.)

(Ill. Do not lose sight of the fact that neither the storm you are experiencing right now nor the one you may encounter in the future will last; rather, they will all simply pass.)

(Sick. We have tended to a few pretty huge purposes behind not dreading, it might do us well to represent a second about a portion of the things we wind up dreading. I suppose that every person in this room experiences fear in a different way. Some people fear dying, others fear old age, and still others fear poverty. We all experience fear at some point in our lives, regardless of the name we give it. To be completely honest, we have to admit that our fears rarely come true. We stress over things that never happened in our lives. Ill. Driving to a Bible conference were four ministers. A loud "bang!" abruptly halted their journey as they passed through central Ohio. In an effort to prevent the vehicle from veering off the road and possibly down a hill, the driver applied the brakes. All four men got out to determine which tire had burst after he brought the vehicle to a stop. When the driver sheepishly pointed to the spare tire that was mounted at the rear of the vehicle, their concern turned into laughter. It was the triumph! Their anxiety was caused by an incorrect conclusion. We are to blame for many of our own storms because we frequently make the wrong decisions in life. Therefore, in the turbulent times of our lives, we must learn to trust in the Lord Jesus rather than worry.)

II. When Jesus appeared to His disciples as they were walking across the water, they thought He was a spirit and cried out in fear. He addressed their faith (Ill.). However, when He spoke to them, He addressed their anxieties and provided ample evidence to support their belief that assistance was on the way. When Jesus arrived, He immediately introduced Himself to the disciples. He said, "It is I." This is an assertive personal pronoun, which is a declaration of identity. "Fellows, do not be afraid of what you are facing, after all, the I AM is here!" seems like a message from Jesus. These men were simply being reminded of who Jesus is.)

He is, as I AM:

A. All Strong - Luke 1:37; Job 42:2; Eph. 3:20 (Ill.) Since the beginning of time, He has repeatedly demonstrated His power. Simply keep in mind His power as it was demonstrated in Genesis 1-2's Creation of the World. Keep in mind how He kept Noah safe in Genesis 6–7. Recollect the supernatural occurrences encompassing the liberation of Israel from Egypt, Ex. 3-15. God has demonstrated time and time again that He is capable of exceeding our wildest dreams. He hasn't changed! He is still God and the All-Powerful! On the off chance that you have a mountain that necessities moving, He is the one in particular who is able to take care of business. ( Ill. Isaiah 40:12 provides an illustration of the kind of power we're talking about. We are reminded in this verse that God is able to cover all the stars in heaven with His fingers. It could also imply that He simply flicked His finger to place them in their orbits. Luke 12:32 says, "Imagine what kind of power He would unleash on behalf of His children if He has that kind of power over the inanimate objects around us." Matt. 7:7-11.)(Ill. You can have faith in Him because He can assist!)

B. All Present: His name, "I AM," indicates that He is the only one who is always present. Because he is the "I AM," he is always God! There has never been the point at which He didn't exist, and there won't ever be the point at which He won't exist. To God, everything that has ever happened or will ever happen is basically right now. There is a special promise for all of God's children, though I am aware that we cannot comprehend something as profound. Even though God exists at all times—past, present, and future—He can also be present anywhere. Matt. says that He has pledged to each and every one of God's children that He will be with them at all times, wherever they are, and through all of life's challenges. 28:20; Heb. 13:5. The literal meaning of the phrase "He will not forsake us" is "He will not run out on us when the chips are down." God is definitely not a vacillating companion, He is an all-climate companion. ( Ill. You can rely on Him because He is available to assist you -) "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble," according to 46:1. Psa. "The LORD is near unto all those who call upon him, unto all who call upon him in truth," 145:18.

C. All Perceiving: Jesus is the only one who knows everything because He is God. Nothing gets away from His look as He considers the methods of men - Genius. 15:3, "The eyes of the Master are in each spot, seeing the abhorrent and the upside."; Heb. 4:13, "Nor is there any animal that isn't manifest in his sight: But everything is exposed and visible to the one with whom we must collaborate. At the point when Occupation considered the information on God he said, "He knoweth the way that I take and when I'm attempted, I will approach as gold." Job 23:10. How this affects the offspring of God is just this: God is deserving of our faith because he knows precisely what we are going through moment by moment as we go through life. He hasn't missed a thing that has happened to you. He is able to assist you in your time of need because He is aware and comprehends. You can believe Him, He sees your means.)

(Ill. Ralph Abuhl went on a brief cruise on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kennedy, which was an exciting experience. He saw stream contenders take off, land, and show bombarding moves. He was informed about a procedure that is followed on each and every American aircraft carrier. The captain watches from the bridge whenever the planes are taking off or landing, which is a dangerous activity on a carrier. Regardless of whether the planes are zooming nonstop, he remains on the extension, catnapping between runs if important. So, a pilot knows that his captain is watching every time his high-speed aircraft takes off or lands on that "floating airfield" deck.

In this is a lined up with God's watch-care over us. We can be sure that the Lord of hosts is with us no matter where we are, in whatever brave effort we make for Him or conflict we have with our spiritual foe.)

(Ill.) He is the great "I AM," and His name or names show who He is! Give some examples and the various meanings they have for God's children.

He is:

1. The Lord Is There by Jehovah-Jireh The Lord Our Shepherd, Jehovah-Rohi The Lord's Peace - Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-Rophi - The Ruler Our Healer

5. 6. The Lord Our Righteousness, Jehovah-Tsidkenu The Lord Is There 7 by Jehovah-Shammah. Jehovah-Nissi - The Master Our Standard

8. 9. Jehovah-M'kaddesh, or the Lord who strengthens us. 10. Jehovah-Heleyon, the Most High. Elshaddai; Adonai; Omega and Alpha; He always embodies the qualities He needs to be! The rundown could go on, yet to say the least God is everything you will at any point require Him to be paying little heed to where you track down yourself, or what might come your direction. Relax in the knowledge that He is "I AM!"

(Sick. The "I'm" proclamations of Jesus:

1. I'm the Bread of Life - John 6:35

2. I'm the Illumination of the World - John 8:12

3. I'm the Entryway - John 10:9

4. John 10:11, "I Am the Good Shepherd," I'm the Restoration and the Life - John 11:25

6. John 14:6 says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." John 15:1 says, "I Am the True Vine." It's enough to say that He is!

III. When Jesus appeared to the disciples that night, they were certain that their lives were over. He addressed their future. They were getting ready to die. Nevertheless, when Jesus arrived, He informed them that He had a strategy for their future. In refrain 45, he had advised them to get on the boat and go to the opposite side. He was in charge of where they were, knew where they were, and had a plane ready for them when they crossed over! To compel or press oneself into!) At the point when HE addressed them, His words were encouraging statements and of trust. He talked harmony to their present and in doing as such, let them in on that they had a future in front of them. Sick. "Be not apprehensive" - Present Dynamic Basic In a real sense - "Quit dreading now and at no point in the future trepidation whatever else!")

(Ill.) The future appears bleak and possibly devoid of hope from a human perspective. We don't know what will happen now that our President has been impeached. We will enter a new millennium in a year, and there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen then. Computers control a large portion of our society. We will have to confront the reality of the Y2K problem when the year 2,000 arrives. Some foresee it will be a minor irritation, others say that it will mean certain doom for progress as far as we might be concerned. In our own lives, there are numerous questions. Can we avoid disease? Will families be able to withstand life's stresses? Will those we care about be okay? Will we be able to provide for our needs in the future? God is the only one who can respond to these inquiries. However, we must surrender ourselves to the arms of unwavering faith and leave the future in His capable hands. There are three facts that give us hope as we face the future.)

A. He Can Be Trusted At Any Time Regardless of where life takes us, we can be certain that God will never put us in a situation that is bad for us. He knows how to deal with His kids and how to own them - Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17. As a result, keep in mind that He has planned your course, planned your future, and promised to bring you home, no matter what Christian challenges you may face. You can rely on him.

B. He Is Ever Accessible - The devotees took in an important illustration that evening in the ocean of Galilee. This is the lesson: Never give up on God! You might believe that He is absent and does not care. In truth, He won't ever leave you and He will be next to you. He is consistently accessible for you. Regardless of what you face throughout everyday life, regardless of where you venture, God is dependably there and He is continuously looking for you wellbeing. When you call His name, He is always available. Isa. "Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer," according to 58:9 thou shalt cry, and he will say, I'm right here. If you remove the yoke, pointing fingers, and speaking of vanity from your inner circle, Jesus is one of the few things in life that you can truly rely on, and you can always rely on him. He is accessible to His children at all times.

C. He Is Always Enough - As was previously stated, we may encounter circumstances over which we have no control. The church and God's people may face challenging times ahead. Know that God is sufficient despite the economic crisis and political upheaval! He is all we will ever require to satisfy life's requirements. Notice Isa. "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth," says 45:22. because I alone am God and there is no other." God, and only God, is our only hope and support throughout life. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. We have no hope whatsoever if He is not sufficient. Yet, I challenge you today to scrutinize Him and see with your own eyes that Jesus is sufficient!

He suffices:

1. Spiritually, from Hebrew 7:25; Acts 4:12

2. Mal's finances. 3:8-10; Phil. 4:19

3. Matt, physically. 6:33

4. Inwardly - Isa. 26:3; 2 Tim. 1:7

5. Eternally - Rev. 21:1–7 (Ill.) When we get to Heaven, the one sitting on the throne will be the first person we see. We will recognize that He is Jesus and that He is sufficient for all time when we see Him!

Conc: The prophet Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be referred to as "Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace" prior to His birth. Isa. 9:6. Always keep in mind that Jesus is there for you in the midst of life's storms. He yearns to comfort your heart and supplant your feelings of dread with His ideal harmony - Phil. 4:6-7; John 14:27. 1 Peter says that in order to accomplish this, you must first be willing to let go of your worries and come to Him by faith. 5:7; Matt. 11:28. Make Jesus your first choice rather than your last resort as your life unfolds. You will be blessed abundantly if you quickly and completely turn to Him.

Even though everything I've said to you today sounds good to people who have never trusted Jesus for salvation, you are aware that these are promises made to other people and not to you. It's possible that some of you here have never done so. Jesus also has a promise for you, dear lost friend. His commitment is this, Acts 16:31, "Trust on the Master Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." His commitment is that you can be everlastingly saved by His effortlessness assuming you will come to Him and get Him as your Master and Deliverer. It's easy to do, but you have to be willing to do it. He will save you today if you will.

What do you require? Carry it to Jesus and find direct that He really is Sufficient!

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