April 27, 2008 pm   How Can You Pass through Life’s storms?  I Peter 3:13-22

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

On my recent trip I flew on a prop jet through a storm.  I was beginning to wonder if we were going to make it through.  The pilot took the long way around the storm, but we still had our share of turbulents.  The plane went left and right and up and down, but we stayed in the air.  Most folks were quiet with their eyes closed, but I wanted to watch what was happening.  I stayed awake and vigilant so I would know what was happening.  I thought about getting out, but where was I going to go.  I had to ride the storm out.  Riding out the storm with the pilot is your only option when you are on the journey with the Lord.  Will you depend on the Lord to get you through the storms of life?    

I Peter 3:13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fearb; do not be frightened.”c 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whomd also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledgee of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Be ware of the approaching storms. 

 

 

  1. Hold out.  Don’t jump out of the plane.
  1. Hold on.  Believe and trust your plane and pilot.

 

  1. Wait for the end.   God waited for the Noah and those on the earth to repent and follow Him.  Will we wait out the storm until the end? 
  1. Endure the pain and sickness.

 

  1. Look around and see what you can do.
  1. Accept the unchangeable. 

 

  1. Go along with the ride but hold on.  Go with the flow. 
  1. Give an answer with gentleness and respect. 

 

  1. Trust and obey.  As Noah and family followed the Lord, we should follow the Lord. 
  1. Ride the storm out.  Make good choices as the Lord leads through the Spirit and the Word. 

 

  1. Be willing to be baptized by the water of the Lord.  Pledge your faith to the Lord by being willing to follow the Lord through the water. 

b Or not fear their threats

c Isaiah 8:12

d 18,19 Or alive in the spirit, through which

e Or response

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Pe 3:13-22.