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My Sunday Sermon Journal: Weathering The Storm

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Weathering the storm

Pastor: Pastor Wes, Aloma Church
Sermon: Worship in the Storm
Aired: 5-26-13

{Acts 16 and Psalm 13}

We all experience suffering. When we speak about it, it touches hearts because everyone is in a trial, coming out of a trial or about to go into a trial.

There are so many of us suffering. We ask, Why does God alow these things to happen?

Scripture is relevant, provides, and answers for the deepest hurts of our life. It’s adequate to take us through the storm and it’s able to hold us as we go through it. He is worthy of our worship no matter what we do through.

Let’s take a look at Acts 16: God asks Paul and Silas to cast a demon out of a girl. When Paul commanded the demon out, the demon left her. Shortly after, the men were arrested. You wonder, they are doing Gods work and they wind up in jail….?? Where is God?

We can ask why but we won’t always get the reason. Maybe we’re asking the wrong question….the reality is we all face tragedy, maybe it’s not meant for us to know the “why”.

Paul and Silas didn’t ask why. They didn’t say “woe is me.” They weren’t shaking their fists in the face of God. {Verse 25} They were singing hymns in jail and the prisoners were listening.

Now let’s take a look at another story: {Psalm 13} Our response through tragedy, as children of God, should be to have a heart of worship. David wrote this psalm as he was being pursued:

How long, Lord ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord ’s praise, for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:1-6 NIV)

David is obeying God but King Saul becomes very jealous and for years sought to kill David. {Ch 13}

{Ch 13} David hides in caves from Saul, and cries out in his pain, how long will you hide your face from me?

How is it possible to worship God in the storms? When those storms happen, when tragedy strikes, our response should be to worship. That’s not our natural response but when bad things happen to good people, God is worthy of our worship.

We all experience trials.

David pours out his heart to God. He’s very real with God. He was heartbroken…
{V.2} he’s very open to God:

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (Psalm 13:2 NIV)

Life’s tragedies has taught me:
1.) Sin is very real, Satan is very real. He wants to take your joy and steal your smile. He wants you to become inward focused and neglect God during your storms.

2.) God is Sovereign. Nothing catches God by surprise even though we don’t know why He allows things to happen, He has a plan.

3.) God has a plan. We may not understand it but He always has a plan. Examples: {Exodus} Death of first born for Jews. {New testament} Death of young boys when Jesus was still young — over and over in scripture you see God has a plan. His ways are not our ways, they are higher.

No matter what you’re going through, if you understood WHY it wouldn’t help you anyway. It won’t bring anyone back from death just by knowing why. Maybe we’re asking the wrong questions.

It’s a natural response to ask “why”; Why things are happening.

Remember that through great tragedy, God brings great blessings.

Whether He spares us from the storms or He encourages us through the storms and walks with us, He is still worthy to be praised.

Job was an “upright” man, imperfect, but He was godly and Satin took everything from him…Job questioned “why”.

Do We Suffer Because We Have Sin In Our Lives?

The reason why you have tragedies is not simply because you have sin in your life. 1/1 people suffer! It doesn’t matter how close you walk with God, the reality is that we all sin.

A.) Sometimes our tragedies are a result of our sin, because of our own doing. There are consequences to your sin. No one gets away with sin!

B.) Sometimes our trials are not a result of personal sin, but original sin. The victims in Oklahoma did nothing wrong. When sin entered into the fabric of time, when Adam and Eve sinned, almost immediately Cane took the life of his brother. It’s not Adam and Eves fault, it was Cane! It wasn’t their personal sin, it was original sin. Bad things happen simply because sin exists in the world.

This reminds us that there is real evil in this world; And real sin in this world. God is not going to intervene free will.

4.) He is to be worshipped. When Jesus cried out in prayer toward the end of His life, He was so emotional that in His pain He was sweating drops of blood. He worshipped God through His prayers. Despite the tragedy and trials and pain, our response as Christians should be to praise and worship God. These times are the most intimate times and conversations you can share with God.

In life, everyone has experienced trials and naturally asked “why”. Even if you knew the answer, it wouldn’t fix what you’re going through. I can’t tell you “why” but I can tell you that God has a plan and a purpose through it.

{Psalm 13:2-3}

“Give me the vision to see your will, to come to grips and understand what I’m going through. Give light to my eyes…”

God is not going to give you more than you can handle.

You can also experience triumph. The Lord has blessed us abundantly.

God doesn’t change. His love for us never changes.

When we’re in the valleys of life, you need to reach out to God and become closer to God. {1 Peter:1-6}

Through trials brings holiness. Tragedy has a way to make us look inward, but when things happen, our natural response is to run. When tragedy things happens, we pull away. God and His people, and our beliefs, don’t let us pull away. You must deal with your heartaches with God.

Over and over in scriptures, the people of God, when tragedy happens, their response is always not to hold it in but to let it out and worship God. Worship is an outward expression.

The best cure for you is to worship God during hard times.

The reality is that there are hurting people everywhere, even you, reading this. You don’t have to walk through it alone.

May this song bless you:

How he loves

Today’s Quote:

“Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read
the Christian.” ~ D. L. Moody

Daily Prayer:

Today’s Prayer Topic: Abortionists

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Father, I want to pray for the abortionists of the world. I know they’re blinded by worldly influences and with that sadly, many still proclaim to be a believer of Christ. Lord, please open their hearts to You. Let them see the truth in the industry they support. There is nothing but by Your Grace alone that the abortionists of the world can be saved. I know You want their hearts, souls and are willing to forgive them, as You forgive me for my sins. Please anoint them with Your Spirit, overwhelm them with Your love and guide them to Your truths. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



The purpose of our Daily Prayer:
-For new believers coming to know Christ who are new to prayer.
-The daily topics can highlight on issues that you’re currently struggling with.
-While there is no “perfect way to pray”, these prayers are great to be added to your own prayers each day.

Today’s Quote:

Satan has no difficulty in making sin look innocent. ~John Blanchard

“Against all odds, conjoined twins born to woman who refused abortion”

Against all odds, conjoined twins born to woman who refused abortion

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“God is good and he knows what he is doing,” she continued. “I’m so honored to call them my children.”

Pray for this young woman and her new precious twins. God bless her for choosing life.

Daily Prayer:

Today’s Prayer Topic: Communication

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Lord, give me better communication at home, in the workplace and in all of my relationships. Sometimes I feel misunderstood and people become frustrated with me, as I get frustrated with myself. Father, give me the right words and speak through me so that I may not offend anyone or be misunderstood in any way. I want there to be love in my tone of voice and to never be perceived differently. Thank You for Your gifts and blessings and in helping me through this challenge. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.



The purpose of our Daily Prayer:
-For new believers coming to know Christ who are new to prayer.
-The daily topics can highlight on issues that you’re currently struggling with.
-While there is no “perfect way to pray”, these prayers are great to be added to your own prayers each day.

Today’s Quote:

Satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He does more harm by
sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. He accomplishes more by imitation
than by outright opposition. ~Vance Havner

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