Trials drain us and make us feel as if we simply can’t go on. Last Sunday he preached a sermon "How Faith Can Free Us From Fear" which streamed on YouTube. There are times in my life when God’s power seemed to be more evident. About doing nothing because there is nothing you can do. God has shown himself to be the God who hears and answers in the time of crisis. Several Psalms and many Proverbs divide all of humanity into two groups:the righteous and the wicked. All the time people either drop by my office or call me on the phone to tell me of a sudden crisis that has loomed on the horizon: < Someone has been rushed to the hospital. Good times tend to lull us into sleep and spiritual indifference as though our faith will just take care of itself when the crisis comes, which simply isn't the case. David Filsinger, but taking time to make a phone call or send a message makes a difference in the lives of others. I knew we were going to win. Remember? Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. But in hyperbolic language, the sportscaster was expressing the notion that Deion was covering an amazing amount of territory-something football fans hadn’t seen in years. He was in the cloud that separated darkness from light. Mountains are falling, earth is reeling. When we look to our faith and depend upon the Lord, He’ll strengthen our hearts. GUEST SERMON: Trusting God during a difficult time. And Romans 8:28 confirm that God in everything works for the good of those who love Him. But instead we find ourselves in a desperate situation feeling as if we are painted in a corner with no way out. We want to know why the wicked prosper. Some believe the anonymous psalm was written after Hezekiah's deliverance during a time of national distress. Given light to us in the darkness of the crisis of life. They had started their journey with high hopes and expectations toward the land of promise; but they have marched only a few days and suddenly they find themselves with the Red Sea in front of them and mountains on the side and: 10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. Throughout the Bible, people faced calamity, fear, anxiety, and doubt. KJV, We may say,  “Nobody really cares for me.” God Says “I care for you.”, 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Article: Matt Erickson is fresh off a virtual sermon himself. Below are 16 verses that deal with trusting the Lord during difficult times. Now eventually, the chicks will have to crawl out and face the real world again but for a little while, there is nothing quite like the soft shelter of those wings-their mom’s feathers caressing their heads; her warmth stilling their shakes; her heart’s steady beating gradually calming their fears. Just as God saw Leah in her crisis (Genesis 29:31) and remembered Rachel in hers (Genesis 30:22), he sees, he hears, he remembers, he cares. She jumps on her camel and takes off. Well I wasn’t the only one who looked at this game as a battle between two arch rivals because the stands were packed with members from both churches that night. I believe it will give the church the space needed for growth. They could only see one result of their situation. God has given us the spirit of love to love those who are misusing us and taking advantage of our adversity. I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil. He remembers. In fact we should build our lives around regular times spent in the comforting refuge of God’s presence. Remember, as I quoted earlier, “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? In our walk with the Lord there will be times of Crisis. Praying in Times of Crisis This sermon is re-edited from Timothy Peck’s sermon about 9-11-01 to the Space shuttle Columbia explosion on 2-1-03. What we need to understand is that fear and faith cannot dwell in the same heart; if we trust God, there is no need to fear what life may throw at us because God’s got our back. Just as God saw Leah in her crisis (29:31). Being a minister has allowed me to see this in the lives of people over and over again. I became more and more nervous-because both teams were obviously very closely matched. Let’s take a look at each one and be changed by the truth regarding this amazing woman’s story. For what it is worth, I think that is a wonderful idea. KJV, We may say, “Nobody really loves me.”  God says, “I love you.”, John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. by Lloyd Stilley on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM . It’s time to ask for peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones. They did not remember that God that had punished Egypt and delivered them with great power, yet they did not believe that He could see them through this situation. Luke 1:29a (NCV) But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. Well our Lord modeled this practice of taking “time-out” from the struggles of life to find refuge under God’s wings. The Guardian. I’m blessed if I have a kid by 30, I’m blessed is I make 6 figures by 35, I’m blessed if I’m married by 25. Houses are being foreclosed. The valley of the Don’t feel bad when you experience fear in a crisis. No matter what comes our way, Our God is able. How? Well, the five-year-old’s family calls a meeting and they appoint a blood avenger whose orders are clear: ‘TRACK DOWN THAT HOUSEWIFE AND CATCH HER OUT IN THE OPEN WHEN HER BACK IS TURNED. Joe Tyrpak Trust God in Public Crisis It's not easy to "be still and know that I am God" in the middle of crisis. Remember-as this Psalmist reminds us, no crisis is too big for God. KJV. Exodus 14:10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. God has shown himself to be the God who hears and answers in the time of crisis. Romans 5:3 reminds us that we can have joy even in troubles because problems are good for us, for they produce patience, character, hope and make us stronger. 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? They were walking by sight, not by faith, they “…lifted up their eyes…” and saw the Egyptian army coming. We solve one problem and another comes along. EVANS SAISI. Published: Mar 27 at 2:50 p.m. And you are right. He hears. We have been to the doctor and he tells us we have cancer or some other major sickness and we know we cannot afford to miss work for treatments or we can’t afford the treatment. wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Answer, i hope it’s yes, but I’m seeing where, how, and need for strengthening my foundation. KJV, We may say, “I am unable.” God Says “I am able.”, Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, KJV, We may say, “I am not worth it.” God Says “It will be worth it.”, Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. A five year old steps out in front of her. If God tells me how my current crisis will work out, I will relax too.” He usually doesn’t do that does He? In fact they were undefeated as they went into their last game against a rival Baptist church. This is why…. ", < Adolescents are obsessed with finding "the one.". 5 – God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Oddly enough we had only covered about a mile when the skies cleared-and by the time we got back to our car bright sunshine was everywhere once again. In his book, The God You Are Looking For, Bill Hybels points out that we are relational beings. When will it end and where is God while all this is going on? There had been thunderstorms that morning but they had dumped their rain and moved on and the heat of the day had dissipated so we felt it was a great time for a run. Christians-God may be calling you to respond as well: to commit yourself to trusting Him more….to follow His leading by joining this church. A couple of days later we had a fellowship at our house and all the youth came over to see the video of that game. Third    We are to see the Salvation of God. She has had a rough life-suffering the loss of two husbands: the first, missionary Jim Elliot was killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador while he was trying to reach them with the gospel. Then the four men would each grab a corner of the wheel barrow, grimace as they lifted it, then grunt and groan as they carried it on their shoulders to a ravine where the dirt was dumped. This is a message to remind you of some fundamental truths that you need to remember in the time of crisis. He then retrieved his horse, finished his shopping and started back. In fact they take up only two words. It’s time for us to ask for direction and discernment for our leaders and our homes. Not even death is a threat for those of us who put our trust in Jesus. But the rest of this psalm gives us clues how we can do just that. And then the second thing this Psalm says we can KNOW about God is that…. We want to know why the righteous suffer. In such a world, Donne realized that he had a clear choice: to fear God or to fear everything else, to trust God or to trust nothing. All we could do was run as quickly as possible back up the trail-as we were constantly pelted by thousands of those little chunks of ice. She tries to stop-she screams out a warning and pulls on the reins with all her might, but the child is trampled. Now-I admit-this was a crude judicial system but it worked. He prayed. And this is possible because, as I reminded you last Sunday God is an “everywhere-present God.” There is no place where He is not. You know that place, between a rock and a hard place. Have you been able to relax a little after looking at this Psalm? Well, Good King Jehoshaphat was understandably afraid. You see, what it literally says is, “Let go. Their fear distorted their view and they could not see God working in their situation. “Trusting God in the Midst of Failure” Jacob Friesen 12-06-2015 Play Download! Will we get out? Exodus 14:11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? 19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. Well, when we talk about the omnipresence of God, we’re not using the hyperbolic language of a sportscaster. So instead of praying about their situation in order to get guidance for God, they complain to God and blamed Moses for their situation. Who will win?” Well, we did-by one basket! Updated: Mar 29 at noon. In fact, I think it was better than any MARCH MADNESS game I have watched before or since. God has given the spirit of a sound mind so that we don’t lose our minds in the time of Crisis. KJV. So they’d blow up a huge section of rock and then the Igarot people would move it piece by piece-by hand. I mean, where would you turn if the storm of crisis suddenly unleashed its fury on you or your family? Today-I challenge you to examine your own life. PROPOSITION – ‘Live one day at a time’, trusting God. When he arrived at the base camp he instructed the Igorot foreman to guard these novelties so they would not be stolen and immediately drove back to town to return the truck. In the first four verses of Ps. Our omnipotent God is an “ever-present help.”. It clearly illustrates the dependency of man on the greatness of God during times of trouble. For they love to pray standing in They could not see God working as long they were afraid and we will not see Him working in our crisis when we are afraid. It’s time to pray for God’s intervention to stop the spread of this disease. Praying in Times of Crisis This sermon is re-edited from Timothy Peck’s sermon about 9-11-01 to the Space shuttle Columbia explosion on 2-1-03. So was Andy Rowe and Keith Main and Brandon Norris. GUEST SERMON: Trusting God during a difficult time. Donne concluded that his best course was to cultivate a proper fear of the Lord, for that fear can supplant all others. He dies. But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future. He wants to be your refuge and strength. Moses had to deal with their fear before he could take them any further. We must be able to stand in faith before we can walk in faith. We are living in the midst of a global pandemic. REV. I knew the outcome. About being still. Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. Fear Not – Stand Still – Then we will see the presence of God. But that is why so many Christians, instead of casting themselves on the Lord with a deep and quiet confidence in the midst of crisis, shake their fists in God's face and say "Where are you?" This is a sermon about stillness. Others are local - cancer, divorce, bankruptcy, or the death of a loved one. This video is unavailable. On one play, during the third game of the season, Deion even blitzed a run and stopped the running back behind the line of scrimmage. 3 – We stop trusting God in difficult times. There, Jesus would enter the refuge that His father had prepared for Him. When Dallas got the ball back, he suddenly became a deep threat for a long pass from quarterback Troy Aikman. We regain hope when we discern the smile of God behind his frowning providence. When we look to our faith and depend upon the Lord, He’ll strengthen our emotions. And knowing God is better than knowing the outcome. If you cannot take time to worship God when things are going well how will you ever be able to seek His presence when the waters get rough. They could not see themselves being delivered   they could not see God working in their lives. Jacob’s life was a succession of crisis moments, and God proved himself faithful as the God who hears and answers. The acid in my stomach churned. But He won’t force that on you. < Doctors have shared test results that reveal the presence of a potentially fatal illness. Share: My prayer this morning is that God so imprint His truth in your heart that you will find your confidence in Him rise above the storm clouds in your life, even as David did. I’m way ahead of you. David Filsinger, but taking time to make a phone call or send a message makes a difference in the lives of others. We read all about it in 2 Chronicles 20 where we says that he was indeed a good king-a Godly king. He won’t leave us alone. So, every Saturday night Sue and I would bundle up the kids and go to the game. When there is no fear you can feel the presences of God in the time of crisis. When times of crisis come we must: 1. The second, Addison Leitch, was slowly consumed by cancer. Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him. He couldn’t believe his good fortune, so he quickly bought them, loaded them on an old borrowed truck, and hastily bumped and banged his way up the rutted new roadbed. How would you cope? I believe it will generate excitement within the fellowship. The Guardian. Where is God in the Midst of Crisis?, Jen Booth - Read more Christian women spiritual life, faith, and growth. Good times tend to lull us into sleep and spiritual indifference as though our faith will just take care of itself when the crisis comes, which simply isn't the case. They would quickly fill the wheelbarrows to the rim with rock and dirt. We need to understand that F.E.A.R. In 2 Corinthians 12 he said, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. He is the living God who wants us to turn to him, to wrestle with him, in our time of crisis. I will even say that many of us when we are in a time of crisis cannot see or do not see God in the mist of our trials. My first tendency is to do just the opposite-defend myself or counter attack in some way-or run-like Daniel and I did that day on the jogging trail-but never simply BE STILL. Living in the middle of what was and the hope of what is yet to come is challenging. Trusting God through these uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. 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