Saturday, September 9, 2017

In the midst of the storm....

You know how often when you're teaching something, or even talking about something and BAM it shows up in your own life??!?!  It happens to me all the time.  Sometimes so much that I want to say I'm going to quit teaching or talking about stuff to protect myself! 

For me it's been like this with the storm.  One has reared it's ugly head.  Can't tell yet if it's a summer squall, a violent but quick tornado, or a hurricane with extended rains and flooding.  That's the problem with life's storms.  We don't know where the end is, but God does.

So, though I promised you we were moving on to the topic of "change" (and we will).  We're going to linger just a minute longer here on the storm with some really practical tips on what to do "in the midst of the storm", because I can bet if one has come my way there are others out there in the same boat!

So, What to do in the midst of the storm:

1. Pray.  You know this.  Do you do this?  The Bible tells us the "pray without ceasing".  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  In verse 18 it goes on to say, "in every circumstance".  I think that for sure means what ever circumstance is causing these storms.  But, it gets better.  It's not just an act of futility.  Something to just pass the time, or keep our mind off it.  He actually will HEAR out prayer....

2. Recognize who has the power to do something about your storm and acknowledge it.   John 5:15 tells us he HEARS our prayers.  It actually goes on to say that ." ...if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him."  Now, the preceding verse does tell us that it's "according to his will", but the important thing for us to remember is HE does hear us and CAN do something about it.  God is all powerful! 

3. Not only acknowledge it, but release it.  Once we remember that he does have the power to do something we need to do what we've been talking about and "cast that care on him"  (I Pet. 5:7).  Hmm...have you hear this before?

4. Search out if more is required of you?  Forgiveness, Fasting...  Sometimes there is a reason for the storm.  If there is deal with it.  It's too big a topic to tackle today, but if you have forgiveness in your heart that might need to be dealt with first.  Or, maybe it's a difficult problem that will require prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)

6. Prepare for victory.  Prepare what you are going to do with it.  Who are going to tell, how are you going to use this in the lives of others.  How will this make you stronger.  Satan hates this.  He wants to defeat.  Take something that may have been meant for harm and turn it for good. 

Genesis 50:20 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." ESV I love this! 

Just like Joseph, we too can claim this!

So ride out those storms.  Change will come!

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