Fix your eyes on Jesus, your Good Shepherd. GUEST SERMON: Trusting God during a difficult time. He tells us HOW to relax. He remembers. 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. For they love to pray standing in “Where is God in the Time of Crisis?” We discovered that in times of Crisis God is right there. So instead of praying about their situation in order to get guidance for God, they complain to God and blamed Moses for their situation. Now, Deion wasn’t REALLY everywhere. The valley of the As I was studying this week, I thought of our experience that day because the terrifying truth is that many times life is like what we went through on the Needwood trail. When Dallas got the ball back, he suddenly became a deep threat for a long pass from quarterback Troy Aikman. In fact they were undefeated as they went into their last game against a rival Baptist church. Just as God saw Leah in her crisis (29:31). Lay down your arms. You and I can still cease striving, even if you don’t know HOW something is going to turn out-because we CAN know WHO is going to work it out. Fear prevented them from seeing that they were in the place God had prepared for them. — Hebrews 13:5. 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. A response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. I told you last week that the book of Psalms has been compared to a “spiritual medicine cabinet” which we can open to find a remedy for any issue in life. God was in the winds that parted the Rea Sea and enable the children of Israel to walk in the midst of the sea on dry ground. There will be periods when our faith in God is tested. Sermon Psalm 37 Trusting God in Troubled Times. If you never seek God’s presence during hard times, how can you expect to gain His deliverance? 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. Trusting God Strategy #2: Run To The Throne of Grace Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time … Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. During his pastorate of London’s largest church, three waves of bubonic plague swept through he city. Secondly we discovered “The Nature and Character of God in Times of Crisis.” There were three things we learned about God. About compassion. “Hide here for a time,” He says, “Get out of the danger. Look at verse 10 again. In fact we should build our lives around regular times spent in the comforting refuge of God’s presence. In times of crisis we need to remember the same God that delivered the children of Israel out of the hands of Pharaoh is the same God that can deliver you out of whatever you are facing. < A young child or infant has unexpectedly died. 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. The Journal Pioneer . They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will … The Guardian. When we experience a crisis, it is natural to be overwhelmed by negative feelings. God knows that when bad times come our way sometimes what we need most is a place to flee-somewhere that we can feel safe and catch our breath. 7 Days. We forget how good God is. The 17th century poet and pastor, John Donne was a man who was well-acquainted with the storms of crisis. It was composed in response to a terrifying event in the life of Good King Jehoshaphat. The Rev. We may not see Him, but He sees us. It's not easy to "be still and know that I am God" in the middle of crisis. One day Mr. Herold rode horseback into town for supplies and while there he spotted a crate filled with brand new wheel barrows. That beloved psalm is built around the first five words, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Well, other psalms are written such that instead of being at the BEGINNING, the theme is toward the END and that is the case with this, the 46th psalm. Now-to give you an illustration of this think back with me to the opening of the National Football League season back in 1996. 10 – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”. History was made back then by the Dallas Cowboys when one of their players, Deion Sanders, did something that has rarely been done since the early days of professional football. But, in this Psalm God is saying you can still RELAX. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will … He sees. When times of crisis come we must: 1. KJV, We may say. To give you an idea of how long ago this was-Graham was on the team that year. God in Times of Crisis. For what it is worth, I think that is a wonderful idea. If you want to flourish in life, you’ve got to believe the best about God and cultivate your trust in him. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (Vs 10-11), So Psalm 46 tells us that we can relax even in the midst of the trials of life. Sermon: Confidence in Times of Crisis - Psalm 23. Their fear distorted their view and they could not see God working in their situation. He speaks honestly about how secularism has no answer for the fear and anxiety produced by the coronavirus crisis. is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing … Our nation needs hope. You know, nobody before or since has faced the responsibilities, duties, and pressures that Jesus did. By Rick Warren. And then, where once there was a doting hen and several cute little down-covered chicken nuggets-now the predator sees nothing but one mean-looking mama who just dares him to take a step forward. Updated: Mar 29 at noon. by Lloyd Stilley on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 6:00 AM . They could not see a way out, they were caught between Pharaoh and the deep Red Sea and asking the question where is God when we need Him? We look to the future with worry and fear. We need to understand that F.E.A.R. Be sure to sign up to get updates on the latest sermon … Then we get to v. 4, and it doesn't fit. Website design and development by Red Letter Design. The crisis state is acknowledged as the people lament, but the confidence in God’s presence and provision at such a time is unwavering. I’m told it was amazing to watch. Part of that message emphasized how fear of death is what drives all of our fears. Their fear distorted their view and they could not see God working in their situation. 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. Answer, i hope it’s yes, but I’m seeing where, how, and need for strengthening my foundation. We are told: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him. Storms will confront us many times in our lives, expected and unexpected. … Though I searched for them, I could not find them! The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) This morning let’s all ask ourselves, “Am I responding to the inevitable trials of life based on my feelings of fear or on what the Bible says we can KNOW about God?” “Am I standing on His promises or am I floundering on my feelings?” “Am I responding to the trustworthiness of God by placing my trust in Him?”If you are here this morning and are not a Christian then I challenge you to do just that-put your faith and trust in our trustworthy God. They gave up in despair and cried out in fear. But I want you to be sure and know that our loving Heavenly Father doesn’t stop there. Remember-as this Psalmist reminds us, no crisis is too big for God. God is literally everywhere. Where is God in the Midst of Crisis?, Jen Booth - Read more Christian women spiritual life, faith, and growth. God had demonstrated His power to deliver them from four hundred years of bondage and brought them out of Egypt the land of slavery and oppression. My knuckles weren’t white. Does he really care? When we look to our faith and depend upon the Lord, He’ll strengthen our mind. Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Houses are being foreclosed. Trusting God in Times of Crisis Title Speaker Date Audio Download “Trusting God in the Midst of Doubt” Jacob Friesen 11-29-2015 Play Download! I became more and more nervous-because both teams were obviously very closely matched. God rarely indicates when a storm is coming. We forget how good God is. KJV. KJV. No-God usually just gives us enough light to see to take the next step. We want to know why the righteous suffer. Trusting God in Times of Crisis. How? KJV. If you had to get out of the stadium early, Deion wouldn’t have been directing the traffic. 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. Well, we had only gone about three miles down the trail when suddenly, without warning, dark clouds rolled in and the sky took on a sort of greenish hue. We may think God is a million miles away, but He is with us and is watching us. Faith invokes action and service, which may seem difficult regarding the call for social or physical distancing, writes Rev. The lead went back and forth throughout the game so with every tick of the clock my knuckles got whiter. And stress kills, literally. People are losing their jobs. I mean think about it. And then we get caught in this performance trap doing all these good things for God for the wrong reasons. Trusting God starts with not leaning on my own understanding and trusting God with ALL my heart. Trusting God in Times of Crisis Title Speaker Date Audio Download “Trusting God in the Midst of Doubt” Jacob Friesen 11-29-2015 Play Download! Won’t you come now…as God leads? But the rest of this psalm gives us clues how we can do just that. 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. While we are standing God is renewing our strength. It clearly illustrates the dependency of man on the greatness of God during times of trouble. I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil. Jacob’s life was a succession of crisis moments, and God proved himself faithful as the God who hears and answers. Trusting God Strategy #2: Run To The Throne of Grace Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time … Home > Sermons. 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. How would you cope? He then retrieved his horse, finished his shopping and started back. First     They were walking in Fear and not by Faith. Everything makes sense in our understanding of a shepherd leading his flock to green grass and calm waters. So they’d blow up a huge section of rock and then the Igarot people would move it piece by piece-by hand. Will we get out? Trusting God in difficult times forces us to seek His guidance, and to trust in Him. Trusting God in Times of Crisis It's not easy to "be still and know that I am God" in the middle of crisis. Jim Main was their coach and it was so much fun to watch them play. And he remembered Rachel in hers (30:22). As I sat there on the bleachers at Baker Middle School and watched the game, my tension grew with every minute of play. 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. Given light to us in the darkness of the crisis of life. So what does it really mean for God to show up when we go through the most difficult times … when we need Him the most? Not even death is a threat for those of us who put our trust in Jesus. In this psalm, He doesn’t just tell us to RELAX. 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. I’m way ahead of you. By Dawn Demers dawn demers We have to learn to trust God with change.. In fact, several of these beloved songs were written in response to just that kind of situation. 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. 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 other church’s team was also undefeated and they had a reputation for poor sportsmanship. She is their protection. If God tells me how my current crisis will work out, I will relax too.” He usually doesn’t do that does He? And if you did then you may know that when a mother hen becomes aware of a predator or a threat to her offspring, she responds by lifting her wings and within seconds, all the baby chicks disappear underneath them. 11 – The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. The Herolds opened schools for tribesmen known as the IGAROT who live in the remote mountainous regions of this country. Fear had them saying, “We were better off in bondage to Pharaoh!”. DAVID – “How to Live Through a Crisis” 4 E. APPROACH THE CRISIS WITH AN ATTITUDE OF FAITH 1. Well, the psalm I want us to focus on today is a great example of this kind of tragedy-driven psalm. 5 – God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 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. It clearly illustrates the dependency of man on the greatness of God during times of trouble. No, you can have all those things and still not be blessed if all you are doing is seeking what you want and not God. It’s time to ask for healing. Horrified, the woman jumps down and tends the little one as best she can but it’s too late. KJV, We may say, “I cannot afford to.” God Says, “I will supply all your needs.”, Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. She jumps on her camel and takes off. In such a time it is a profound comfort to KNOW that although all things seem to be shaken, one thing is not: God is not shaken.”. 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. By Rick Warren. So, every Saturday night Sue and I would bundle up the kids and go to the game. We will not see the presence of God in our crisis until we follow the commands of Moses. In his book, Reaching For The Invisible God, Philip Yancey points out that when it comes down to it, when crisis comes we have two choices: fear the crisis or fear God. If you want to flourish in life, you’ve got to believe the best about God and cultivate your trust in him. It a trick that the enemy uses to keep us entangled and entrapped in our condition. God has given us the spirit of power to deal with life crisis with faith and perseverance. This is a crisis unlike anything recent generations have ever experienced. And, that includes the experience of EXTREME crisis. However, this system did have one rather major problem. THEN KILL HER AND BRING US PROOF.’. They could only see the negative and point fingers. I may have been a little biased but in my mind we were the good guys-and they were the bad guys-and I wanted us to show them once and for all that truth and justice always win out. In relating what these experiences were like, she referred to this psalm, saying, “in the first shock of death, everything that has seemed most dependable has given way. They were great ball players and played together like a well-oiled machine. They were there not because Moses had mislead them but this was the place where God had guided them. Let’s look at them together this morning. 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. 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. We live in a world of increasing fears — fear of nuclear holocaust, fear of economic collapse, fear of plagues like AIDS, fear of terrorism, fear of war, and — of course — fear of life and of death. Why did I respond differently? KJV, We may say,  “I cannot do it.” God Says, “You can do all things.”, Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. About listening. The world will say, “It’s impossible.”  But Jesus says: Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Article: Matt Erickson is fresh off a virtual sermon himself. Well, throughout His word God promises to give us the strength we need to get through trying times. It was three days later that he returned to the work site. He is the living God who wants us to turn to him, to wrestle with him, in our time of crisis. Communities don’t often know their own ability to offer grace, their own strength to stand up, their own power to partner with God until they face a time of crisis. The path of His choosing is the only one that leads to true happiness, Isn't this a wonderful promise "...those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. Trusting God in a Crisis Gerald Harris Matthew 14: 22-36 You have voted to relocate Liberty Baptist Church and build a new facility. Now, sometimes a psalm is structured so it’s theme is in the first verse. 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. God created us to require companionship. And “REFUGE” is a concept that the first readers of this psalm would have certainly understood. And one day his patrolling troops looked out on the horizon and saw the dust clouds of three mighty armies marching toward Judah. IT was a great game! Jesus said, “My power is made perfect in weakness….” Paul rejoiced in relaxing his own efforts so that he could draw on God’s power. Last Sunday he preached a sermon "How Faith Can Free Us From Fear" which streamed on YouTube. A five year old steps out in front of her. But here’s the question: “Is it possible to experience God in the midst of that kind of catastrophe?” In this message, Chip explores how you can experience God … Luke 1:29a (NCV) But Mary was very startled by what the angel said and wondered what this greeting might mean. 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. But the Psalmist says there is one more RELAXING truth we can know about God…. KJV. Throughout the Bible, people faced calamity, fear, anxiety, and doubt. He makes me lie down … Jesus quoted this same Psalm 91 that I referred to earlier when He said, “How often I have longed to gather you together as a hen gathers her chicks but you would not.” Jesus said this because God yearns for you to experience His love. Published: Mar 27 at 2:50 p.m. He discovered that it only made sense to trust in God and he was right. In other words, there was amazing power at their disposal as they struggled to build that road but they never accessed it. In looking at these scriptures many may question their faith in God. The emphasis is on knowing the God who is the source of protection and rest in the midst of the storms. We’re “out in the open” and unprepared, when abruptly painful tragedy rains down on us. The Lord is the strength of my life…of whom shall I be afraid?” In Philippians 4:13 Paul said, “I can do all things-I can face any crises-through Him Who gives me strength.” And this Psalm echoes this truth. Some believe the anonymous psalm was written after Hezekiah's deliverance during a time of national distress. God is our source of power for facing any battle of life. I remember back in 1991 our youth Senior Varsity basketball team was having a great season. We are in uproar, kingdoms fall ; he lifts His voice, the holy place sermon trusting god in times of crisis God had for! 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