It seems the last several weeks, God has been speaking to me a lot about life’s storms. Here is a quick teaching I put together for our young adults last Sunday called Storm Chasers. If you’re facing and intense storm here are some tips on how you can chase the storm instead of letting the storm to chase you.
STAND UP TO YOUR STORM: Embrace faith in Jesus to face your storm. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Here are some encouraging scriptures to help you stand:
Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
It is God who gives us, along with you, the ability to stand firm for Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:21
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. Ephesians 6:11
Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. Ephesians 6:14
…stand firm and keep a strong grip on everything we taught you both in person and by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Hebrew 12:12
TAKE THE TEST: The only way we can fail a test as Christians is if we refuse to take it. When we pass a test we are rewarded with a promotion to the next level or season God has for us.
Deuteronomy 8:2 gives reveals God’s motive for testing us. “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
God tested Hezekiah by withdrawing from him, “in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart,” And the Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian church to examine themselves as to whether they were in the faith. “Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified.”
OBSERVE OBSTACLES AS OPPORTUNITIES: The phrase that is resounding in my spirit the last few weeks is “allow ME (GOD) to turn your mountains into miracle momentum.” Little faith will get us through our biggest storms. A little fear will neutralize a little faith. We don’t necessarily need more faith we need less fear when we face the storm.
REST: The waves were crashing, the boat was sinking, Jesus was sleeping. The same peace that Jesus had in the midst of the fierce storm, is the same peace we can have in the midst our own storms Resting in Christ is required if your going to see your storms pass.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:11
MARVEL AT THE MARVELOUS ONE:
Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. Mark 6:51
Don’t miss how God reveals himself to you in the midst of your storm and after it has passed. There are moments of stillness following every storm that God allows us to grasp and know Him in a more intimate way.