Do you ever feel like jumping ship? Are your circumstances overwhelming? I understand because I've been there, and I can share a message of hope. Regardless of the storm you are facing, God is your anchor! When I stop to think about my life, I can honestly say that each storm has strengthened me and eventually brought me closer to God. You see, God doesn't promise that life will be easy! However, He does tell us that He will never leave us or forsake us!
I've learned that there are two distinctly different types of storms. It is important to identify the kind of storm you are facing so you can deal with it appropriately.
Disobedience ~ When we make choices that do not line up with God's word, we open the door to trouble! God loves you enough that He will allow a storm in your life to "wake you up" when you are walking in disobedience! You can run from God, but you can't hide. The only way to fix this type of storm is to turn from the sin, repent, and completely submit your life to God!!! I think we can all relate to this type of storm. Although I knew God had a call on my life from a young age, I ran from Him for many years. I have faced many situations because I was blatantly disobedient. I praise God for his redeeming grace and mercy because He never turned His back on me. Now the lessons I learned from those storms of disobedience can now be used to help others.
Romans 2:6-8 ~ He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Facing Opposition ~ When we make choices that are pleasing to God, the devil does NOT like it. He wants you to give up, be discouraged, and to stop spreading the love of Jesus. The way to face a storm of opposition is to stand FIRM. Continue to do what is right and pleasing to God...pray, fast, stay in the word of God, and do NOT give up!!! I have experienced storms of opposition. I realized that standing up for what is right and Godly isn't typically a popular choice in this mixed up world we live in. I found that the more I actively sought God, the more the devil tried to throw at me. It is during these storms of opposition that God has held me safely in the palm of His hand. God has used these storms to increase my faith and teach me that I have a choice in how I react to my circumstances. My choice is to trust Him with all my heart and walk in obedience wherever He leads me! When I fall or stumble, I choose to get back up and continue to walk with Him through the storm.
Isaiah 66:9 (NCV) ~ I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.
Whatever type of storm you are facing, God will give you the strength to face the battle and be victorious! Don't jump ship...instead, allow Him to use the situation you are facing to mold you into the mighty man or woman of God that He created you to be. Allow Him to speak peace into your life and guide you safely to shore!!! Remember that your reaction to the storms of your life can be a great TESTimony to those around you! When you actively seek God and allow Him to be your anchor in the midst of the storm, He will shine His light into the darkest most painful moments of your life and prove His love for you!
Romans 8:35; 37 ~ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
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