Are you living inside>out or outside>in?
James 1:5-8 (ESV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I. Double-Mindedness Creates Drift
Mark 4:35-40 (HCSB)
35 On that day, when evening had come, He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” 37 A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher! Don’t You care that we’re going to die?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?”
II. Are You Inside>Out Or Outside>In?
III. When You Are Outside>In…
A. You will absorb the stress of the storm
1. You will depend on your strength
2. You will attempt to control
3. You will experience profound anxiety
4. You will lose hope
B. You will begin to look at God through the lens of the ill-founded feelings that you created
C. You will arrive at wrong conclusions about how God feels about you
IV. When You Are Inside>Out
A. You have peace while others panic
B. Your feelings reflect His position instead of your past experience
V. What You Need Is In You Not Around You
Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.