Faith Key#3: Remember you are a child of Faith (Part 1)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8 New Living Translation

Do you know who you are? Every person born into this world was born under a certain set of circumstances. Some were born in times of war. Some were born in times of peace. Some were born in a palace. Some were born in the humblest of places.

If you heard the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and you believed what you heard then you are a child of God. Your physical birth may not have occurred under the best of circumstances but your spiritual birth occurred through the greatest of circumstances; through faith in Jesus Christ.

After we are born and we start to live in this world, our experiences start to shape you we become. Even when we are adults, we still live according to what people said about us when we were young. When we have only experienced negativity in our lives we start to have a negative outlook of life. We start to have a negative outlook on those around us. Then we find ourselves in a never-ending storm.

It is the same in our spiritual walk with God. Our negative experiences before we became Christians can shape how we relate to God as Christians. When trouble comes while we are Christians we start to remember the negative experiences of the past. We start to believe that God is not with us. We start to think that we are not worthy to follow Christ. However, it is in these moments that we must remember that we are children of faith.

The grace of God gave us the opportunity to be saved. The grace of God opened the door of salvation. Faith caused us to walk through that door. The Apostle Paul reminded us:

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 5:8 New Living Translation

While the storms of sin were raging in and around us God opened the door of salvation. While we were haunted and running from the storms of our past God made a way of escape.

We became new persons when we walked through the door of salvation. We became children of faith. When the storms of life come before us we must remember who we are in Christ. The storm of the coronavirus is raging all around us and affecting us in many different ways but even in these moments you must remember:

You are a child of faith!

Faith Key#2: Remember the Perfect Corona Storm God

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psalm 107:28-29 King James Version

What causes the perfect storm? Conditions and circumstances must be perfectly aligned to cause the perfect storm. The perfect storm is a rare event. It does not happen everyday. The perfect storm happens unexpectedly. What can human beings do in the face of such a perfect event?

In October 1991 three storms converged in the Atlantic causing 40-80 foot waves. The Andrea Gail, a fishing vessel with a six-member crew, was caught in this unusual event. Tragically, the fishing vessel and her crew were lost.

The perfect storm occurred at the height of the Atlantic hurricane season but no one could have predicted that it would occur. No one could have predicted that the Andrea Gail and her crew would encounter such a horrific event in the middle of the sea. A book was written about the events surrounding the Perfect Storm. A movie was made to bring the account to life.

In the Bible, the Psalmist tells us about the terrifying experiences of those who work on the seas:

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psalm 107:23-27 King James Version

The Psalmist paints a very distressing picture. Those who work on the seas can encounter such great storms that the force of the winds and the height of the waves cause their souls to “melt” and their mental state to be shaken to the point where they are at “their wits’ end”.

The Psalmist tells us that while these men and women are being tossed to and fro, surrounded by a force over which they have no control, their focus starts to change. They see the high waves, they feel the strong winds but even in their great distress they start to remember God and they cry to Him:

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psalm 107:28 King James Version

The Lord God can match and out match any storm. The greatest obstacle must give way to the Great God. The highest wave must bow to the Most high God. The perfect storm must obey the Perfect God. Adversity can cast a dark shadow over our perception of the character of God or whether God is present with us but it is in the times of adversity that we must remember the Perfect God.

In the face of the Perfect Storm Jesus remembered the Perfect God. In times of trouble let us remember the Perfect God.

Faith Key #1: Stay in the Eye of the Corona Storm

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Isaiah 26:3 New Living Translation

The eye of the storm is:

The central part of a tropical cyclone, where winds are light, skies are generally clear… (www.encyclopedia.com)

The earth is currently experiencing a storm. Nations of the world are experiencing a storm. Communities are experiencing a storm. Families are experiencing a storm. This storm is not one of the usual tropical storms the earth experiences. This is a medical storm; a dangerous plague which has spread throughout the entire world. This storm is covid-19 or the coronavirus.

It is very sad and distressing to hear and see how the corona virus is wreaking havoc in the earth but I want us to remember one thing:

Even the most dangerous and deadly storms have an eye.

Even the most dangerous and deadly storms have a place where winds are light and the skies are clear. Even the most dangerous and deadly storms have a place where you can experience peace.

The Lord God promised to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds focused on Him. The mind that is focused on God is the mind that will experience the perfect peace of God. The person who fixes their eye on God and His Kingdom of Peace is the person who will remain in the eye of the storm.

Jesus was sleeping during a storm on the sea. He was having a peaceful sleep. His disciples were awake, panicking and fearing the worst. When the disciples woke Jesus His peace did not leave. Jesus simply calmed the storm and then asked His disciples:

Why are you so fearful? (Mark 4:40 King James Version)

The world is experiencing a storm and many nations are in the same boat. Many churches are in the same boat. Many Christians are in the same boat. However, let’s remember that Jesus is in the boat with us. Let’s remember that a promise of perfect peace is in the boat with us.

Let us awaken that wonderful promise of God and stay in the eye of the corona storm.

Faith Keys for the Corona Storm

There are several storms recorded in the Bible. How did persons in the Bible make it through these storms? What caused the people of God to escape these storms unharmed? What did God say to His people and what did God do for His people during these storms?

As the storm of the corona virus continues to rage on the earth it is important for us to answer the above questions. The answers to those questions reveal keys which can help us to remain faithful to God and experience the blessings of God in this season.

Let’s take a look at those faith keys!

Fair-weather Faith (Part 1)

Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

Luke 8:25 New Living Translation

You have heard of fair-weather friends; friends which are only around when everything is going well. In spiritual matters there is a fair-weather faith; faith which is only around when everything is going well. Fair-weather faith is the worst kind of faith to have because it leaves you at the first sign of trouble. Fair-weather faith leaves you at the first sign of distress. Fair weather faith leaves you at the first sign of pain.

The children of Israel had fair-weather faith in the wilderness. When they did not see any water they complained to Moses about dying of thirst. When they did not see any food they complained to Moses about dying of hunger. When they heard of the high walls and the giants in the Promised Land they complained to Moses about bringing them out of Egypt to die.

God does not want our faith to change when the weather changes. God does not want our faith to change when our home environment changes. God does not want our faith to change when our work environment changes. God wants our faith to be steadfast and unmovable no matter what is happening around us.

Get Moving!

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!

Exodus 14:5 New Living Translation

What do we do when we are faced with an obstacle? Do we stop and complain? Do we blame someone else? Do we turn back? After the Israelites left Egypt they moving further and further away from their enemies. They were moving further and further away from the place which caused them and their ancestors distress and pain for more than 400 years. They did not complain to Moses or God until the Egyptians started to follow after them. They did not complain until they were faced with their enemies on one side and the Red Sea on the other. The children of Israel said:

“Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?

Exodus 14:10-11 New Living Translation

The children of Israel were caught between “a rock and a hard place” and they blamed Moses for their predicament. They were at a standstill. There was no other way they could go to escape the Egyptians. Moses tried to encourage the people with these words:

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:13-14 New Living Translation

Moses told the children of Israel to stand still but God told Moses to tell them to do something completely out of the ordinary:

Tell the people to get moving!

Exodus 14:15

It was the will of God for the people to “get moving”. It was the plan of God for Israel to move forward. There are times when it is the will of God to stop and there are times when it is the will of God for us to move. However, we must always keep this overcoming secret in our minds:

God’s instructions to stop or to move do not depend on whether or not there are obstacles in front of us. God’s instructions to stop or to move depend on His will and His plan for us.

Secrets of the Overcoming Life

Obstacles never prevented God from doing anything on the earth and they never will.

  • The darkness in the beginning did not prevent God from saying “Let there be light”.
  • The barrenness of Sarah’s womb did not prevent God from saying ”
    Sarah, will have a son!” (Genesis 18:10)
  • The power of death on the earth did not prevent God from saying ”
    He [Jesus] will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.” (Mark 9:31)

If God has not told us to stop then it is time to “Get Moving”. Whether we are faced with a Red Sea or a storm in the sea, it is time to “Get Moving”. God will move the Red Sea and God will calm the storm but we must decide to move forward. This is not the time to give up or to turn back. This is the time to stand strong in faith and move towards the Promised Land.