Rising Above the Storms

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

One of the greatest things you can do when the storms of life are raining on you is to get higher.

When I was on a flight is was so stormy. It was thundering, lightning and the rain was so intense. The wind was so strong that the plane was so shaky and rocking all over the place. No one was allowed to be up and moving. The pilot comes on and says hold on he was going to climb higher to get above the storm.

Rise and climb higher to get above the storm. The plane jerked and you could hear the engines roaring, rising higher and higher through the force of the storms. It was rough people were scared, praying, the all of a sudden it went so still and the plane leveled off.

It was so smooth then the pilot says we are above the storm. I looked out the window and could see the dark clouds below us. We were high above the mess.

All through history and life we as a nation and as individuals will have storms. 2000 it Y2K it was going to destroy the world, the media said. 2001 it was Anthrax. 2002 is was the West Nile Virus. 2003 it was SARS. 2005 it was the Bird Flu. 2006 it was Ecoli. 2008 it was the financial collapse. 2009 it was the Swine Flu. 2012 the Mayan Calendar predicted the world ending. 2013 is was reported North Korea is going to cause World War 3. 2014 Ebola Virus is going wipe us out. 2015 it was ISIS is going to destroy us. 2016 Zika Virus. 2020 Corona Virus.

The world and media has become the creator of Fear. Fear sells. People buy into Fear.

Everyone one of these threats or storms were and are real. The problem is they are blown so out of proportion.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—”
2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

This is great reminder for now. We know this but we have to hear over and over and over again to make sure it is in us.

When I was in the military we would train over and over and over. To me it seemed a bit much so is asked why. The instructors said because we train over and over in peace time because when it is real if it is not drilled into you, you will forget and fail.

We walk and do life through faith our beliefs in our God. Stop, if you don’t get this one in you then you will do the next one. You will walk and do life by what you see. We either live by what God says or what we see and say.

“We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NCV

We live and will do our lives by what we truly believe. It peace time everyone feels great, strong and powerful. It is when a crises arises that you see what is really in the heart of a person.

You can see what is in the mind and heart of a person by how they act or react. Our actions show what we believe.

OUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR SHOW, REVEAL TO US AND OTHERS WHAT WE REALLY BELIEVE.

Preparation and protecting yourself is great, but what is always in your mind and heart? What is constantly coming out in your talk?

Remember soldiers before Goliath, all they seen and said was how big, too big, we will die, fear, so actions, NO ACTIONS. THEY WERE STUCK IN FEAR, FROZEN IN THE PLACE OF GOING NO WHERE.

GODS PEOPLE WITH MOSES, GOING AROUND AND AROUND AFRAID TO CROSSOVER. THE SPOKE YOU BROUGHT US OUT HERE TO DIE. WE ARE GOING TO DIE. WE CANT TAKE THE LAND. THEY DID NOT GET WHAT GOD PROMISED AND THEY DIED IN THE WILDERNESS.

YOUR BELIEFS ARE CREATED BY INFORMATION FIRST. I CAN GET MY INFORMATION FROM CNN OR GODS WORD. THE SOURCE OF YOUR INFORMATION IS KEY TO YOUR REACTION OR ACTION, YOUR BEHAVIOR.

IF I GET GODS WORD THAT POWERFUL INFORMATION IN MY MIND FIRST. THE INFORMATION IS SENT TO THE HEART. THIS IS WHERE IT IS GIVEN MEANING. THIS INFO MEANS THIS AND THIS OTHER INFO MEANS THAT. MEANING IS GIVEN AND ATTACHED TO EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION YOU RECEIVE. IN THE HEART WE RECEIVE REVELATION. REVELATION COMES FROM THE WORD REVEAL. REVEAL MEANS TO MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS UNKNOWN TO MAKE CLEARLY.

THIS MEANING WILL BE SENT BACK TO THE BRAIN AND IT WILL GIVE OUT ORDERS ON HOW YOU WILL ACT, RESPOND, REACT. THIS IS WHERE HOW YOU ACT AND WHAT YOU DO TAKES PLACE.

YOUR ACTIONS ALWAYS COME AFTER YOUR THOUGHTS OR BELIEFS. DO WE LIVE BY FAITH OR SIGHT? You tell me. No those around you can tell you. They hear you they see you.

This is the hour to be strong and courageous. This is our hour to arise and show case how good is our God.

I love what God spoke to Joshua. Joshua is now leading to cross over into the promised land.
God speaks to him.

“Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them.”
Joshua 1:6 AMP

God says be strong and confident and courageous. This is not in him but in his God. When our confidence and trust is in God we will walk in a very powerful confidence that is not arrogant or prideful but anointed and powerful.

“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:7 AMP

Here God is again repeating Himself. ONLY BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS. HERE IS THE EXTRA ADDITION. BE CAREFUL TO DO EVERYTHING I TELL YOU TO DO. MY WORDS. DO NOT TURN TO RIGHT OR LEFT. THIS MEANS DO NOT GET SIDE TRACKED OR OFF COURSE FROM MY WORD OF INSTRUCTIONS.

WHEN WE FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS FROM HIS WORD LOOK AT THE BLESSINGS AND REWARD. PROSPER AND BE SUCCESSFUL I LOVE THIS WHEREVER YOU GO.

WHEREVER WE GO WE WILL PROSPER AND BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS WAS NOT JUST A SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS BUT ALSO IN THE NATURAL REALM TOO.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.”
Joshua 1:8 AMP

FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS. THE WORD IS NOT SUPPOSED TO DEPART FROM YOUR MOUTH. Depart means to go away, turn away or leave. When the word leaves our words show up. Fear, negative, worry, anger, bitter, judgmental, greedy, jealous, etc

If we do not read AND STUDY HIS WORD THEN IT WONT BE IN OUR MOUTH BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN OUR HEAD OR HEART.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:9 AMP

Wow. 3 times here God says it again. Rerereminder. My word I made up. Be strong and courageous.

DO NOT BE TERRIFIED OR DISMAYED (INTIMIDATED).
INTIMIDATED MEANS: made to feel timid : affected or held back by feelings of fear or timidity.

TIMID: lacking in courage or self-confidence, lacking in boldness, lacking in determination.

Key word LACKING OR LACK.

FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. AMEN.