FOR ANY OF YOU GOING THROUGH A STORM NOW, THE ALMIGHTY WILL SEE YOU THROUGH!
RELAX! GOD IS IN CONTROL.
THERE IS NO STORM THAT CAN SINK THE BOAT IN WHICH THE PRINCE OF PEACE IS SITTING DOWN. IF JESUS IS IN THE BOAT OF YOUR LIFE, IT CANNOT SINK.
THE ADVANTAGE WE CHRISTIANS HAVE OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT IS THAT WE HAVE A HEAVENLY BODYGUARD, SO WE CAN SLEEP IN THE MIDST OF ANY STORM.
DON’T KILL YOURSELF WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT YOURSELF BY YOURSELF. THE ONLY TRUE PROTECTION IS FROM GOD. SAFETY IS OF THE LORD.
EVEN THE BEST OF HUMAN BODYGUARDS CANNOT SECURE YOU FROM SPIRITUAL INVADERS.
– Pastor E.A. Adeboye on GOING HIGHER Part 46 at RCCG Special Online Service
Almighty God, the Lord of hosts himself. We just want to say thank you because we know if you are on our side we are more than conquerors. Thank you for the victories you have given us in the past, we want to thank you in advance for greater victories ahead. Please accept our thanks in Jesus name. Father speak to us today and draw us closer to yourself in Jesus name.
We continue with our series GOING HIGHER and now we come to part 46. Our text will be 1 Kings 19:4-8.
This part of the story has quite a bit of humour in it, the man who was running from Jezebel because Jezebel said she will kill him, is now asking God to kill him.
One would have said “Sir, if you wanted to die why didn’t you wait for Jezebel. There is already someone who volunteered to do the job for you. Now you are asking God to be a murderer”. After He said that one, He just laid down and slept. Sir, I thought you are running away from trouble, what if that fellow you are running away from is chasing you and they find you sleeping?”. Elijah was sleeping in a storm, and he is giving us a lesson on how to handle storms.
How can you be sleeping when you are in a storm? Let me start by praying for anyone who might be going through a storm now: the Almighty God will see you through. He slept because Psalm 127:2 says “God gives His beloved sleep”.
You don’t know you are sleeping until they wake you up. I am sure he didn’t know that he was sleeping. God saw that he was tired and said “okay! You want me to kill you? Sleep first and then we’ll talk. He slept because he was tired, he has been running from Mount Carmel to Jezreel and Isaiah 40:30 says even young men get tired. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, you will get tired. Why should I sleep when I am in a storm? don’t forget you have a heavenly bodyguard. Psalm 121-1-4. There is someone watching over you, sleep.
In 1 Samuel 26:1-25, we see the great advantage those of us who are Christians have over those who are not. King Saul was surrounded by royal guards, mighty men of valour but they all slept.
David came, took away the sword of the king, took his drinking water bottle and left. When he got away he then cried out to the Head of the Security, we thought you are mighty looking after the king, look at what happened. That’s why I always smile when I see people who surround themselves with bodyguards.
If you think these people can take care of you, you are dead. How much are you going to pay a bodyguard who is carrying a little revolver when he comes against those who are carrying AK-47, how much are you going to pay me that I will sacrifice my life for you. Thank God there is someone who neither sleeps nor slumbers, He is the bodyguard of all Christians.
In Acts 12:5-11, there is this story that tells you that the best of bodyguards cannot protect you against spiritual invaders. Even when your doors were well locked, Peter was in maximum security prison and an angel walked through, the people who were there were dead asleep, the doors open on their own accord. So you think you are secure because your house has a mighty wall around it and barbed wire, electric wires etc. can all those stop witches and wizards from coming in?
So you ask “how dare you sleep in a storm?”. I am sure you might want to ask Elijah when you see him in heaven. There is an important lesson to learn there for every child of God: Don’t kill yourself, trying to protect yourself. The only protection is from God. David said in Psalm 4:8 “I sleep in peace because only God makes me dwell in safety”. Safety is of the Lord.
Psalm 119:165, Philippians 4:2-7 tells that there is a peace of God that passes all understanding. Why are you worrying because you don’t know what will happen tomorrow? Isaiah 3:10 makes it clear “Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with him”. If you are a child of God your tomorrow will be alright. Philippians 1:6 says He that started the good works in you will complete the job. Stop worrying, oh there is bad news everywhere.
Anytime you put on the television, you hear bad news that will frighten you. In the olden days when there is any problem in town, people run to the army barracks to be saved. Now the army barracks itself needs protection. Who ever heard of robbers or thieves going to the palace? It was an abomination. Now, they don’t only go to the palace to steal, they go to kidnap the one who is supposed to be second in command to the idol. When you are a child of God, safety is of the Lord. Relax.
It is appointed of man to die only once, until that time comes nobody can kill you. David said in Psalm 31:15 “my times are in your hands oh Lord”. Put your time in His hand and relax. Follow Jesus’ example in Mark 4:35-41, there was a storm and what did he do? He slept. He is our commander in chief, he is our leader. He slept. Why did he sleep? Because he knows the end from the beginning.
Revelation 1:8 says he is the Alpha and Omega. He knows the end from the beginning, whether you believe it or not, God knows how you are going to end. Hebrews 13:8 God says I will never leave you nor forsake you.
I know you will say “maybe you are saying this because you have never experienced a storm”. I have, physical and spiritual, all manner of storms. I have told you the story of my first cruise, some of my children said they wanted me to rest so they bought a ticket to go on a cruise. The best place to holiday is on a cruise, they rejoice in over feeding you. In the ship, I think there were about 24 restaurants and you don’t need a pass to enter.
Once you are on the boat, you can eat in all 24 restaurants in one day if you want to. They even have a special buffet for midnight. I enjoyed myself and I ate until a storm came. The storm took that massive boat and tossed it two stories high and dropped it and everything was scattered all over the place. Things got so bad, the captain called us and said “don’t worry there are twelve categories of storms beginning from category 1, don’t worry we are only in category 10. Go to your cabin and relax”.
I got to my cabin and said God what am I doing here, what can I do now? God said to me “when I was in the world and there was a storm what did I do? I said you slept. He said “Sleep!”. I jumped on my bed and within two minutes I slept off. By the time I woke up, we were already by land. I didn’t know when the storm ended. Relax my brother, relax my sister God is in control. There is no storm that can sink the boat in which the Prince of Peace is sitting down. If Jesus is in the boat of your life, it cannot sink.
Elijah had been in a storm before and that is probably one of the reasons he slept. In 1 Kings 18:7-18 he came face to face with Ahab who said “Hey! I have found you. You are the one that has been troubling Israel, I have been looking for you”. He knew God was on his side, so he looked at the king and said “I am not the one troubling Israel, you are the one troubling Israel ”.
The King couldn’t touch him. When you know that God has stilled storms before either for you or for some you know, you can relax. For example, in 2 Kings 5:1-14, He cleansed Namaan a leper and that is why in Matthew 8:1-3, when the leper came to him, he said “I know you have done it before and you can do it”.
Another fellow that we found sleeping in a storm is our friend Peter in Acts 12:5-11, he knew they were going to kill him the following morning yet he slept and an angel came and set him free. How could Peter be sleeping in the midst of a storm? Because in Acts 5:16-29, he had been imprisoned before and an angel had come to set him free. The God who did it before will do it again.
If Jesus is in your boat, your boat cannot sink. Because I have been in a storm before and I know that He doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. After that first storm there had been others but I wasn’t moved.
I was going to London, somebody bought me ticket in First Class as we were just settling down in the air, they had just served us food and the pilot came and said “Ladies and gentlemen, the weather boys tell us that by the time we get to London there is going to be a big storm but don’t worry we all are going to manage to land. The fellow who was sitting next to me froze. I just smiled, he couldn’t touch his food. I finished my food and I turned to him and said “Sir, you are not eating?”. He was surprised, he thought I don’t understand English.
He said “you heard what the pilot said?” I said Yes. I turned to him again and said “you are not eating?” He said “no”. I was young then and hungry, the food they give you in economy is not enough for a hungry young man.
Can I help you? He said Yes. I gave him my empty tray and he gave me his tray. I finished his food and went to sleep. We got to London and the pilot said “we are very sorry the weather boys deceived us, the storm is going to be in Scotland not in London”. I looked at my neighbour, he looked at me and we both began to laugh. He couldn’t get his food back, we were laughing out of relief. If there is any storm in your life remember God has stilled storms before, He will do it again.
Jesus didn’t say sailing through life is going to be storm free, what he said is “I will be there with you”. When you are passing through waters, I will make sure the river doesn’t overflow you. When you are passing through fire, that fire will not burn you. That is the promise of God, but that promise is only for His children. If you are not a child of God, the storm that is going to sweep you off your feet might just be around the corner. But if you give your life to Jesus Christ now then the devil will have lost the battle forever. If you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, bow your head and cry to Him to save you, ask Him to come into the boat of your life so that from now on you can weather any storm safely.
My Father and my God, I want to thank you for your word. Thank you Prince of peace that you are able to still any storm. As for us who are your children who might be going through one kind of storm or the other now in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I decree “peace be still” in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.