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Christ in the Coming Crisis

Mesikt Idechong

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  • March 14, 2020
    11:30 AM
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Our dear loving gracious Heavenly Father we thank you so much that we have come for new other purpose then to saturate our hearts in our thoughts with you and your Divine Love and father as we do that we humbly plea once more that you poor your spirit into us unknown to us and all around us today that we may feast and drink upon your wonderful words of life be with us Lord we anticipate a wonderful blessing all through the day this is our prayer in Jesus' name amen so you probably knew that a sermon about the virus was going to be coming and this is it the coronavirus or the coded 19 as it is also referred to it seems to incite different feelings in other people you go to the where you go to the big big stores and it's cause to panic and people have overstocked in their supplies and yet you look on social media and some people instead of over stuff instead of an Overstock of their making this a laughing stock of their making jokes and memes and and all these things about the virus some of them very funny but some of them may be very realistic the reality is where does the Christian then and how does a Christian then respond to the crisis as a Christian overstock or does he make this a laughingstock of were do we then draw the line when panic ensued left and right in our own islands and you know it's sometimes hard to see the the panic in Guam only because we've been through so much can you say amen to that I've always heard of one being that typhoon alley I never knew of that medical I finally lived here. And I used to visit Guam and I would see these things called Typhoon shutters and I thought our storm shutters and I thought they were really for keeping people out there that there's some kind of security door and the 1st typhoon I experienced here I was like I thought wow it almost seems like the end of the World them and yet once it was done everything was back to normal and then a few months later another typhoon and after a while you learn to kind of be normal with Chamorro typhoons and so people here build the resilience that oh there's a typhoon communique will just get everything set and so we build the positions and it seems like nothing can phase us and it wasn't too long ago when a certain North Korean person aimed his missiles at us and declared that if if the Us was a going to back off that they would they would they would bomb us essential or and I don't know where you were that day but I remember praying and going to sleep and waking up in the morning and no we were not attacked by North Korea and so it seems as though that we have been through so much that one other thing that may panic the whole world doesn't seem to panic the people here as often but what does a Christian do in a crisis when medicine is unavailable Well death tolls are rising and when there seems to be a heavy saturation of panic in the news and in social media and everywhere we turn to well tonight this morning we're going to study a story when a crisis struck and what the disciples did in the crisis in our story an arse sermon this morning as entitled Christ in the crisis if your Bibles with him when asked to open your Bibles to Mark chapter 4 to a very familiar story that we may have grown up listening to or may have heard in passing in Mark chapter 4 verse 35 to 40. Matthew Mark Chapter 4 Chapter 4 verse 35 and 30 the 2nd book of the New Testament gospels Mar chapter 435 to 40 Let's read the story together and the same day when the even was come he sat on to them let us pass over on to the other side and when they had sent away the multitude they took him even as he was in the ship and there was also with him other little ships and there arose a great storm of wind and the waves beat into the ship so that it was now full and when he was in the hinder part of the ship asleep on a pillow and they wake him and sit on to him Master Kara's that were not that we perish and heroes and rebuke to the wind and set on to the sea Peace be still and the wind ceased and there was a great calm and he said on to them Why are you so fearful How is it that you have no faith and there are 3 promises that we learn from the story that can help us not simply survive a crisis but to thrive in a crisis that while others may sing the woes and lament of the Christian can still sing Jesus loves me this I know and that everything will be all right so we learn the principles of of the story 3 of them the promise of His Word the promise of His presence in the promise of his power so we go to the book once again verse $35.00 we go to the 1st promise it says in the same day when the even was come or the evening came he said on to them let us pass over unto the other side so what did Jesus say let's go away or. Let's go to the other side so he has basically determine the destination and now he's simply saying let's go you see the fact that Jesus says we're going to get there should have been promise enough that even though the boat was rocking to and fro it should have been promise enough for them to believe they Jesus said we'll get there we'll get there this is the promise of His word I'm that when Jesus promises something he means it whether you feel it or not whether you believe it or not he means it and when you get your i Phone or Samsung or blue or whatever kind of cell phone you may have after a certain number of years of using them you've noticed that your battery life begins to diminish lower and lower and lower until it doesn't charge as well as it used to and you have to go ahead and get a new one with the promises of God No matter how many times you use them the power never diminishes it never wears out and here's the promise in Romans 421 The Bible says and being persuaded that what he promised it he was able also to perform it doesn't matter what you feel it doesn't matter what you think it only matters what he has promised and as long as you believe in what he has said regardless of why you feel and think if you simply believe. And God will keep his word or as a 28 he said the promise is 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 this is one of my favorite passages because I love to expound on this text using a certain word and you've probably heard of the word providence and what is Providence Providence is when God works to make everything work out for you and your good providence is when let's say you make a wrong turn out of your life and you go and live a sinful life Providence is God or rearranging circumstances and and. Inspiring people to minister to you at different points in time in order to turn your mind back to gone that's providential someone may be here and you didn't want to be here but you're here that's providential why because it is always the right place and that is always the right time to hear the message of God and the thing is it doesn't matter where your heart is as long as you come and put Be prepared to have a failed God accepts us where we are so that he may take us to where we need to go and so Providence is very unique because God has to arrange certain things to happen to your life in order to turn your eyes to him and somebody once said that Providence is different from the miracle it is easier for God to do a miracle and then to work an act of Providence or now God can work a miracle and turn water into wine that's easy because it's not dependent on anybody's choice but Providence is dependent upon your choice. And this is why it's so amazing that the gift of choice is so sacred it is so our unique and so cherished that God gives it to us but also with the freedom of choice comes also the risk that we may choose wrong but you see choice the sacredness of it is so precious that the highest expression of love is to give somebody that freedom to choose and so you may make wrong choices and God has to work around and based on your choices to bring your mind back to him but look at the beautiful promise once more look at this and we know that how many things all things all things not 50 percent not 75 percent would be great if 95 percent of the time or everything in your life works out it to you took an exam in college and they said you know 95 you have a 95 percent chance of getting an a plus even if you didn't study would you take that risk or that's a good that's a good deal as I'll take it what if everything in life had a 95 percent benefit to you it would still be good but God is saying here that all things not $95.00 but every single thing will work out but here's the here's the thing it will work together there is a work to be done the Working for everything for your good will may not be what you want it to be the promise is everything will work out for the good but it will work out the way that God is a working it out or not the way you work it out I'm. And then it says it's only going to be for good to them who is them who are these people that God works everything out good for it's of those that love God what an amazing pre-requisite criteria all you have to do is love God and God vent takes the responsibility upon himself to make sure everything in your life works out I'm when the bills are high and the finances are low God can work it out and when the marriage is strained in the children disciplined or God is able to work it out when the island and the world seems to be overrun with panic and fear because of a virus God is able to work it out them all that Iesus to do is to love him and he will work it out Remember he will work it out according to his a way for your good and not your way for your own good and it says it with those who love God become then the called the cold according to his purpose the cold the cliff shout the cold out ones those have been called out of darkness and into his marvelous light according to his purpose what is the purpose of gone to reflect fully the character of Christ and to enlarge his kingdom by sharing his grace with others and this is the promise of His Word that we can that we can feast upon in the Bible the Bible then says in Mark 438 that when he was in the hinder Heiner part of the ship he was asleep on a pillow. Jesus was tired from a whole day of ministry living every single 2nd a nanosecond of his life for other people how often do you live for other people when you evaluate yourself would you say you spend 50 percent of your time being a witness or or giving yourself to serve somebody else or 80 percent or 90 percent you know Mother Teresa she was recognized by the Pope I believe was Pope John for her incredible work in humanitarian acts of mercy to the poor in Calcutta and so she did this for many years and the pope wanted to honor her and so he bought her a I believe it was I believe was a Cadillac very expensive car and that precious lady was so was so blessed that she took the car and you think she rode it through the streets of Calcutta Well the story goes that she sold that car and gave the money to help the poor every ounce of her life was to minister to other people and Christ was ministering all day but he fell asleep on the boat he was so exhausted because he was serving that he fell asleep but here's the promise that he fall asleep on the shore yes or no yes or no that he fall asleep in the church yes or no and neither should we. Jesus fell asleep in the boat right where the disciples were and this is the promise of His presence look at this Psalms 328 I will instruct the teach the in the way which thou shall go I will guide the with mine. And the promise is promises in Matthew 2820 and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world a man this is the promise of His presence listen if I was in a storm and I knew that the one who can calm the storm was sleeping in my boat there I don't know about you but I'd be pretty excited I would say Lord there's a storm here could you please switch it off and he'll get up he said Yes my son I'll do that for you you see but God does not sleep the Bible says He he neither sleeps nor is a weary nor is faint nor is hungry or thirsty every single ounce of who God is is awake for the benefit and for the saving of humanity he was 725 says that he ever live to make intercession for us this is the promise of His presence and the next promise we found in Mark chapter 4 verse 38 and they wake him and said to him Master cares though not that we perish this is what we call panic mode these people were panicking because although God was asleep on the boat they were more focused on what could happen to them than the reality of who was with them people panic and not because of the reality of the problem but because they forget the reality of the problem solver Jesus is in the boat God will not send you anywhere without going with you as a song goes his eye is on the sparrow. And I know that he watches over me they forgot they forgot the promise that they were going to make it there it had a destination to go to but even when they forgot Christ still heard their cry even when we panic God hears our prayers are all prayers coming from a heart that is crying out for God will hear all prayers of distress that God will answer Jacob says in John 35 years to Genesis 35 years 3 saying I will make an altar there to God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone and God in vises and Jeremiah 33 verse 3 he says call on to me and I will answer the and show the great and mighty things which there are no us not this is the promise of the petition and then March up of war for verse 39 it says and he arose and rebuked the wind and said On to the sea Peace be still Peace be still in the original Greek translation of that phrase Peace be still the literal translation is peace be muzzled peace be the muzzle and when you hear the word muzzle of course you think of a of an animal with a muzzle on his face now are you afraid of this dog without a muzzle maybe if it's dangerous but one of the muzzle is put on would you still be afraid Gnome the one who can muzzle the storm as the one who can muzzle your trials today the one who said Peace be still says peace to your heart and to whatever storm rages on and look at what the promises and the wind seized and there was a great call. You don't find anywhere in the Scriptures where Jesus is worried you do find that Jesus prayed and he trusted in and he believed in the promise of His power and sometimes the this whole virus situation we as Christians know that these are the signs of the times and the Great has a virus that has an effect of the world that we should be most. Afraid of is sin this is the virus that we should wash our hearts in our hands from the Bible actually says Wash your hands clean ohi sinners would be nice if if everybody was as afraid of sin as they are afraid of the coronavirus I wonder how many of you chuck Christian bookstores would sell out of their bibles because people are trying to overstock for the Cure I wonder how many people would be so careful it whether they watch to what the they did what they thought because of fear of infection and the enemy of Souls has done something incredible or he is made of the worst virus that's ever infected humanity into something pleasing and into something pleasurable and Christ has to come down with the cure and try to convince us to accept of the cure but the only way that we would be willing to accept it if he would sacrifice himself to show you the full damage of what that virus can do but because he took the full weight of it he has become our medicine. The supremacy of Christ even in the crisis desire of ages page $336.00 of the disciples had had trusted in Jesus they would have been kept in peace and their fear in the time of danger revealed their unbelief in their efforts to save themselves they forgot Jesus and it was only when in despair of self dependence they turned to him that he could give them hell but many a times we fall and we allow ourselves to be infected with. Sin covert 19 and we each think we need to stay away and I thought that's a very interesting contrast if you get covered 19 stay at home if you get sin covered 19 come to church or the House of God and the presence of God and the reading of God's Word is the cure for the ailment of the heart and doesn't matter where you are or how you are or how things are going in your home how things are going in your life the it says that don't be dependent upon self turned to the one who can help them and the Bible promises that he will give us help in a many years ago. We had a typhoon warning and pull out and I've never experienced and I was I was a tsunami rather it was a tsunami warning and so every the announcement we're now that everybody has to go to higher ground and I said Ok when I was at the church at the time and during the week day spending some time with the youth and these youth who didn't have who didn't want to go home they wanted to stay with us and so we said Ok let's go ahead and go and make it to the high ground. One particular young were youth member he was very faithful he was seemed to be very nice seemed to be very very good but then during the crisis of a tsunami all of a sudden he just panicked he seemed to lose faith faith and I said it's going to be Ok it's going to be fine we're going to pray and then relax let's pray as can be right and so we prayed we asked God to search our hearts are there is any sin in us that God would forgive it and we want to be right before God because if this is the end we want to be ready and no matter how many times we prayed he kept panicking and I did know how to help him and I used to take a course in a rescue diving as a sky as a as a scuba diver and my friend was the the instructor he said and I asked him what do you do when you're trying to save somebody and they're really just struggling Is it easy or they're struggling in the water you the 1st thing is you give them some kind of flotation device for them to hold on to and the 2nd thing if you don't have that then let them tar themselves out and start drowning and then you can actually save them I said What do you mean because this is the problem when that person is panicking he is in panic and if you try to help him in his panic he might drown you just to try to keep himself above the water and so he said Give him a flotation device and if not if you feel it's too much of a danger there are certain methods took to go around him and and grab him and secure him but if it's the last resort of it's too much of a danger let him tire himself out and when he's completely exhausted then he can be help them and sometimes you and I God is just to ready to help and you're still panicking tiring yourself out in what you want to do what you think is the plan and God is waiting for you to just tire out so that he could save you. Not dependence upon self but dependence upon the one who can rescue you and so that evening there was no tsunami and you know what's amazing is that the that the shelter the highest ground of the alley where we would find shelter was actually at the king's house and you can find shelter and safety of a house of the king So what does a Christian do in the time of crisis very simple we continue to pray we continue to believe we continue to have faith we continue to be safe having faith doesn't mean being reckless it means having faith moving forward following old whatever rules are required of us but being saved from but much more than that the greatest virus that's ever come to the world of them is really sin and by the grace of God May we be as vigilant to wash our hands of that sin that we may be clean before God that we might not infect other people as well let it be the mission of the heart to help and to save all those around us and to keep ourselves clean from the wickedness of the world I'm We all know the story of the Titanic we all know the story of of the man and woman. Mr and Mrs I believe Mr Mrs Strouss who are the owners of Macy's how they perished in that and that ship that fateful night. But there was also a man who's not as known who also perished that night and before people really knew about a deal moody there was an evangelist whose name was Mr Chapman his name was Harper Chapman and Harper Chapman boarded the Titanic on his way back to the Moody church to preach a 3 month long eventually 6 series to the people of Chicago and as he was there on the Titanic he was there with his sister and his little girl his wife had died because of sickness and so as they were on the Titanic making their way all of a sudden as we know the ship struck an iceberg and it began to sink. And little this little little known story of mist of Pastor Harper actually comes out from this event and reports have come out and they have said that this evangelist he got up he made sure that the lifeboats that were only accepting women and children that his sister and his daughter were secure so he brought them to the lifeboats he put it on the boat he looked at his little girl and said it's going to be Ok and God will be with you I have work to do and so they were on the lifeboat and an amazing thing happened he began to go around the boat and he asked people Are you saved are you saved do you know who Jesus Christ are you accept Him as your Lord and those who said they did know him they were he would then pray with them that they would accept Christ as the ship was sinking in breaking in half he could still be seen running back and forth to people are you saved do you know the Lord and finally as the ship finally broke in half and sunk into the water and the 6 a lot of people who are in the water freezing. There is an account and it was written on a track called I Am i am i am Mr Harper's last convert and the tract is a testimony of a man who many years later stood up in church and testified that I was the last convert of Pastor Chapman and he says that he was in the water freezing and he was holding onto a piece of the ship trying to stay afloat and then the tide pushed Mr Harper next to him and this man who was freezing himself he was trying his best to speak and he said Hillman are you saved do you know who Jesus is and he accepted Him as your Lord no I haven't except him accept him now and the tide took him away. And he could still be heard speaking to everybody in the water have you accepted Christ as your Lord have you and then the tide brought him back to that young man young man have you accepted Him Now have you made him your Lord said no not yet make him your Lord accept him and the tide took him away all that young man he said in the darkness of the night he finally accepted Christ into his heart and that was the last time he saw Mr Harper and other reports also say that when he was the type to come away he saw another person and he said here you need this more than I do and it took off his life jacket and gave it to the person and he said Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior and he sank into the abyss and he perished till his dying breath his question was Are you saved or are you saying. Friends of the dying birth of Christ and. His whole purpose of living. Was to provide salvation for you and I. His whole reason for existing was to reveal his love to you that you may love him back I wonder of there are so virus in your life that needs to be washed away today. And I wonder what is it. And you recognize that even though nobody knows I know and I know it's a small thing and I need to get rid of it I've been failing over and over again because I have no power but I'm here I'm not staying home I'm coming. Even while in fact that I'm here because I want you to know that as you come Christ will embrace your ass your I wonder if today there's any of us here who have been wrestling with certain things that you know may not be good it may be lusted maybe pride envy selfishness whatever it may be and you want your heart and mind to be washed clean and you want to be completely all in the arms of your savior or someone here like that today I'm going to invite you to stand with me as you have a very special word of prayer like to stand and say Lord there are things in my life that I would ask God to help him and to wash away. And to make me clean. And also to praise the Lord help me to stay pure Not in my own strength but by yours and mine are loving gracious Father lower to your dying breath to the dying breath of your son your sacrifice proclaimed are we are you saved are you seeing. And a father I know that there may be moments in life that there is the virus of sin that maybe doesn't affect the whole life that everybody could see but it doesn't affect we are. And we know that if we hold on to when we could never let it go and in the end it will destroy us and consume us and father today as you have said in your words we want to wash our hands not in the water of the world but father by the blood of the Lamb and father where we are weak give us strength. And father though we fall we rise up again and today dear lord we praise you in order here that the love you displayed at the cross the love that embraces all sinners Lord May that inspire us to live for you each day we stand now surrendering our hearts once more giving it to you afresh in thanksgiving and praise we think you for hearing us in Jesus' name with all your children so. 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