Weathering the Storms of Life
While listening to Christian radio one day, the speaker made a statement I want to share with you. “The life of a Christian is this: we are either entering into a storm, going through a storm, or coming out of one. Our lives consist of one storm after another. Life is an extended storm interrupted by brief episodes of peace.” If we look at our lives, if we are truthful, we will most likely agree with that statement.
Why do we experience storms in our life?
Satan wants to attack us, bring us down, and deceive us.
IPet 5:8-9: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."
II Cor 11:14: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
We are experiencing the result of sin, denial of sin, our own foolishness, or we have wandered off the path God has set for us.
We are being transformed into the image of Christ.
II Cor 4:6-12 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you.
II Cor 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
To teach us to be teachable and humble.
Proverb 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Isa 57:15: For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isa 66:2: For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.
Matt 18:4: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 23:12: And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
James 4:10: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
To teach us to trust and rely on Him.
Deut 8:2-3: And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in thine heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.
To strengthen our faith.
Heb 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards those that diligently seek him.
God promises to give us no more that we can bear.
I Cor 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
He promises never to leave us. He is always with us. He will never abandon us.
Heb 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he hath said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.
Phil 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Mark 14:36: And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but thy will be done.
God works through the storm—not necessarily for our present physical good, but for our eternal good. The physical is temporary. This physical life is temporary. It will end, but the eternal is forever.
Rom 8:28-32: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
We are not our own. We were bought and paid for by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We belong to God.
I Cor 6:19-20,22-23 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. You are bought with a price; be not you the servants of men.
There is no storm stronger than God.
Rom 8:35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matt 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
With Jesus at our side, we can weather the storms that life throws at us, -- ones we cause ourselves through sin, denial of sin in our life, our own foolishness, those caused by Satan and his devils to sidetrack us or cause us to slip, and even those used to get our attention and our lives back on the path God has chosen for us. How we handle these storms reflects our spiritual strength and maturity and how much reliance we have on ourselves and how much we entrust to God. God is more powerful than any storm.. He can see us through them. Reach out to Him in prayer, repentance and fasting. He will be there to help us weather these storms of life.
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