Message: “Facing Crisis” from Joe Summers

Joe Summers - December 4, 2022

Facing Crisis

Facing A Crisis? Lesson Objective: To understand that what we often see when facing a crisis is really nothing but a molehill. This lesson will review some of the steps we can take when we think we are facing a crisis Scripture: (Psalm 107:25-27) For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro,and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Introduction Be at one’s wits’ end What does that mean? Psalm 107:25-27 How do we react when we do not know what to do and become desperate What does this verse really mean There are six steps that we will cover STEP ONE REPLACING FEAR WITH FAITH STEP TWO: RISE UP TO SEIZE YOUR DESTINY STEP THREE: REFOCUS YOUR ATTENTION STEP FOUR REJECT REASON FOR REVELATION STEP FIVE: RESPOND IN OBEDIENCE STEP SIX REVERSE THE CURSE We become fearful when facing a crisis Fear can be positive when facing a crisis Fear the Lord. (Psalms 111:10) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. (Psalm 145:19) He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; he also will hear their cry and save them. Fear can be negative when facing a crisis (1 John 4:18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (Proverbs 29:25) The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Romans 8:15) For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Replace fear with faith when facing a crisis (2 Timothy 1:7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (Matthew 8:26) “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Judges 7:3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, `Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.) Faith energizes us Call to action while fear paralyzes us (2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (Deuteronomy 4:29) But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Steps to replace fear with faith Hear God’s Voice (Romans 10:17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Keep your mind on God (Isaiah 26:3)You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Act on your faith (James 2:17-18)  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You  have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works

Scripture References: Matthew 8:26

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