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The Storm is Here - Acts 27:13-44

Just as individuals go through storms so does the church. Storms can come from outside or from within.

Just as a predator looks for the weak prey, so does Satan. Strong folks know how to surround themselves with other strong, mature Christians; however, new Christians have not yet perfected this technique of protection.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

A House built on The Rock WILL be tried, tested, rained on, and beat on; but it will not fall if the House relys on the one true Rock.

  • We need to not just be hearers and readers of the Word, but also DOERS.
  • An oak tree is strong in a storm because its roots go deep in the ground. As Christians, we need to have deep roots in Christ to be strong in storms that will come our way.
  • Christians with strong spiritual roots will not be intimidated during the next spiritual storm.
  • Even with strong roots, we will still shake and bend during a storm but we can be confident that Christ will see us through.
  • Hearing, reading, knowing God's word isn't enough...the Word must be acted upon. Walk what you talk.
  • Reading the Word is merely prep work for taking action.
  • To successfully play the game of life, we MUST practice the Word regularly.
  • We have to be ACTIVE not PASSIVE Christians.

Storms come in many forms. Emotional challenges, temptations, addictions, abandonment, guilt, etc. We all have temptations that are specific. God knows what they are and so does Satan.

  • Satan will lure you with false bait to tempt you where you are most weak. He wants to get your attention and wants to do so with the least resistance. For those of us not strong in our faith, it is easy for Satan to target us and get a handhold.
  • Don't allow yourself to be an easy target.

Storms WILL come...you MUST be prepared to deal with them. EQUIP YOURSELF!!!

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Rely on your past experiences/outcomes as well as those of others and your intuition and gut feelings.
  • Seek shelter in Christ when storms bear down on you.
  • Christ will provide you rest during the storm.
  • Get with people who have gone through what you are going through so they can share with you their success and show you that you will come out the other side alright.
  • Do not allow Satan to isolate you while you are going through difficult times. This is his most effective trick!
  • ALWAYS remember that their are friends, family, and even strangers praying for you. You are never alone in your struggle. Someone, somewhere is praying you up.
  • During your storm, hold on to The ROCK; grab ahold of something SOLID and don't let go.

Don't be a storm chaser!

  • Some people try to get close to a sin that tempts them thinking that they are strong enough to conquer it on their own. Don't make that mistake.
  • God says don't test Him.
  • If your weakness is alcohol, then stay away from bars.
  • If your weakness is selfishness, set your mind on serving others.
  • Don't go looking for trouble. Satan will meet you there.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Have faith that God is in control.

Storms are always near by...either you are just coming out of one, in the middle of one, or heading into one. Sometimes storms can even overlap one another. Don't allow yourself to be blindsided.

Remind yourselves of 2 Corinthians 4:8-12.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.

God reveals himself in crucial moments of our lives. Often when you least expect it.

  • God has a way of showing up in a shipwrecked life.
  • Remember that He is your anchor in the belly of your ship.
  • God keeps His hand on you always.
  • God is SO GOOD and His mercy endureth FOREVER.

Remember that in this football game of life there are two teams, God vs. Satan.

  • As you journey through life, recall that Jesus is in your boat. Jesus in on your team.
  • God is with you till the end.
  • While some may be lost along the way, He knows the plan and knows your future. You couldn't be in better hands.
  • Sometimes it takes losing things or people in our life for us to realize what we already have.
  • Don't ever count God out. Instead learn to TRUST GOD MORE.

 

A New Year's Motto

Isaiash 7:1-7

"Take heed, be quiet, and faint not."

1. Be cautious - about the direction you are going. Listen, pay attention, follow instructions. Think before you act and look before you leap are valid phrases. We are meant to give thought to our actions and what consequences those actions can bring. Be careful not to fall into the trap of worry. Worry is not beneficial especially when you worry to the point where others around you are infected with that worry. Take heed how you spend your time. The world is moving faster, but we must slow ourselves down, and take the time to govern our decisions.

2. Be quiet - while it is easier to to fight back than it is to sit tight when someone is attacking you, sometimes you just need to drop your arms and walk away. There is great power in walking away. Stepping back and being quiet gives you time to think before you respond. Remember that a soft answer turns away wrath. Understand that a heart that is stayed on God is quiet (at rest/peace).

3. Faint not (fear not) - fear can be deadly. We are to fear God and not man for God is the one who can destroy man. When we let our fear rule us, then we lose focus and can often miss out on life because we are fearing something that hasn't happened or that we can't control. We should not fear that which is temporary.

Trust that God already has something in store for you - He will give you a sign.