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 #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.