Are you in the Midst or in the Flood?

September 4, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber

Jesus in the midst. From creation to the cross, from the cross to now, from now through the rest of eternity. Jesus is in the midst of his people.

Jesus is God, and is eternal, and always has been. He is in the midst of all that God is.

John 1

The Deity of Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

At creation, when there was not much more than “mist”, Jesus was in the midst of it all.

Exodus 8:22
…I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.

Deuteronomy 23:14
He was in the midst of the camp to deliver Israel
For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee…

Jeremiah 14:9

…thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us.

Daniel 3:25

Jesus was in the midst of the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

As a babe, Jesus was in the midst of the shepherds and the wise men.

As a boy, He was in the midst of the doctors of theology in the temple.

As God the Holy Spirit, Jesus is in the midst of His people.

Matthew 18:20
…for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

John 19:18
At Calvary, Jesus was in the midst of sinners
…they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

As a Lamb in Revelation, Jesus is in the midst of the throne of God.

As our resurrected Lord, Jesus is in the midst of the churches.

John 20:26

And on the evening of the first Easter Sunday, Jesus “stood in the midst” of His disciples.

Why is this theme repeated?
Because this is the key to the Christian life!

• This is the key to a great life.
• This is the key to the fellowship of the church.
• This is the key to our witnessing.

When we gather in the church; our deepest desire is that Jesus will be in our midst!

As a matter of fact, you can have Jesus in the midst of your life. There are some people who have no room for Christ. There are others who have some room for Christ. Jesus wants every room.

The word “midst” = comes from the word “middle”.

Illustration of a wheel with spokes…

He should be in the midst of our work life, in the midst of our hobbies, in the midst of our family, our ministry, etc.

No Christian can be spiritual, powerful, and growing unless Jesus is in the midst of all of their life.

So everyone now has a clear understanding that Jesus is in the Midst. He is in the midst of everything.

So are you in the midst or in the flood?

When troubles come your way, sickness, disease, issues on the job, at church with the family?

  • Does the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you how bad everything is.
    • How there is nothing you can do to change it. How the situation is hopeless.
  • Does he get in your ear and start telling you lies?
    • It’s okay to miss this Sunday, it’s okay not to pray today, everyone needs a day off and you’ve had a bad day.
  • Does he start with small lies and works up to big lies?
    • Using tools like manipulation.
    • Starts using others around you to twist the truth.
    • Like, did you hear what so and so is doing/saying?

I remind myself and others often that perception is reality and the devil uses that in a mighty way, this is one of his greatest assets in my opinion.

If you’re not sure if you’re in the midst or in the flood, what should you do?

  1. Praise God –
    1. Praise is an action. It isn’t something you can fake. God knows when you’re acting.
    1. Thank Him for everything. Start at birth and work your way forward in time if you have too. Everyone has something to be thankful to God for. As a Christian you are already on the victorious team.
    1. Restore the connection between God and yourself. Praise is the basis of this.
    1. Praise causes the devil to flee and he takes those lies (confusion) he has been telling you with him, it reminds him who is in control.
    1. Lucifer, the former chief musician. Use his former tools against him.
    1. If you’re not a Christian. You still have him to thank. For He loves you, and has a plan for your life. He died on a cross for you, to pay the price for your sins.
  2. Remember that if we can control the circumstances, God doesn’t get the Glory.
  3. Some have said that God isn’t in the details. He is long range planning kind of god.
    1. Truth is; God is in the details. He has numbered every one of your hairs on your head.
    1. He wants us to get out of the details and be obedient.

Let’s look at Noah.

Noah spent his entire life preaching the gospel. And the only people that listened to the words (the truth) he was telling was his family.

Genesis 7

The Great Flood

1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.2 You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female;3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.

Storms in life come and go. But remember Who is in the midst.

Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus walks on the water…Peter sinks.

So when the storm comes up in your life, what should you do?

Praise Him through the Storm.

Praise God!