Pastor Shane Ham : When It’s Not Your Fault

RISE · 46:39 · Recorded March 29, 2020

When It’s Not Your Fault

2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT2) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

Proverbs 1:27 (NIV) …when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you…

Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT2) 23Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. 27The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

Mark 4:35-36 (TLB) As evening fell, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took him just as he was and started out, leaving the crowds behind (though other boats followed).

Luke 8:25 (NLT2) Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified.

What we know about storms

Storms are inevitable.

James 1:2 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…

Storms are unpredictable.

Storms are impartial.

Matthew 5:45 (NLT2) …He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Three Anchors

Hebrews 6:19 (NASB) This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.

1. The presence of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (TEV) Surely you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you!

Psalm 139:7-12 (NLT2) 7I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. 9If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

2 Kings 6:15-17 (NCV) 15Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?“ 16Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.“ 17Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.“ The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2. The purposes of God.

Psalm 27:1 (BBE) The Lord is my light and my salvation; who is then a cause of fear to me? The Lord is the strength of my life; who is a danger to me?

Psalm 127:1 (GW) If the Lord does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the Lord does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert.

3. The promises of God.

Numbers 23:19 (NCV) God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true.

Romans 8:35-39 (NCV) 35Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? 36As it is written in the scriptures: “For you we are in danger of death all the time. People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” 37But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us. 38Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, 39nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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  • As you read through the scriptures of the wind and waves obeying Christ, how does it give you hope in your current storms? Spend time journaling or praising God that you can have peace and hope in the storm.

  • Think about some “storms” in your life. Did they follow the points Shane made about them? What are some that were not your fault? Have you been able to move through them and move forward, giving forgiveness when needed?

  • Have you felt like the disciples, that Jesus didn’t care or wasn’t aware of the storm you were going through? Did you cry out to him like they did? While it’s important to see that he doesn’t calm every storm in our lives with his words, he does ride out the storm with us. It’s important to look back at the storms he’s brought us through as a reminder that he will bring us through the next one too.

  • Reread Hebrews 6:19. Read it again. And again! Our hope in Christ is our anchor. The thing that keeps us from being tossed around in the waves is our anchor, our hope in Christ. Reach out this week (small group online, on your social media, in a text or email to a friend) and share with them how this hope is keeping you grounded in your current storm.

  • Commit Numbers 23:19 to memory this week. God has made us promises throughout his Word – and he will keep every single one! Claim God’s promises as your own because each one is meant for you. As you read your Bible this week, identify promises God is speaking to you right now (like: Isaiah 40:29; Isaiah 41:10; James 1:5; 1 John 1:9; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Deuteronomy 31:8).

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate through this current season.

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