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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Riding the Storms"

Date published: 01/05/2014
Matthew 8:24 “Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so  that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.” (NIV)
 
When was the last time your life resembled a furious storm? Were you able to sleep as Jesus did in the eye of the storm? In today’s world, it is easy to be overwhelmed with life — work pressures, raising children, meeting financial obligations, family relationships, the economy, beliefs that you hold dearly that seem to be eroding in today’s culture, maintenance issues with your car and home, and the list goes on. Jesus’ life consistently demonstrated His ability to live without anxiety in a turbulent world despite the incredible challenges He faced. Let’s see how Jesus kept the daily storms from overwhelming Him?
  • Jesus began each day by fully charging his battery. He met His Heavenly Father early in the morning to be refreshed, directed, empowered, and equipped for the day. Jesus showed how He did this in Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”
  • Jesus knew His mission. He was not steered off course with each event of life. Jesus prayed to His Heavenly Father in John 17:4 “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.”     
  • Jesus believed in God’s providence. Jesus knew He was firmly held in His Father’s hands. Jesus’ solid faith in God did not allow circumstances, hardships, and dangers to erode God’s purpose for His life. Romans 11:36 confirms this, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!”
  • Jesus found His center in God. God was the keeper of Jesus’ peace rather than the events happening around Him. Jesus proclaimed this in Matthew 6:26 when He said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?” 
Each day you will face storms both large and small that can either suck life out of you or give you the opportunity to trust Jesus. Is your Lord greater than the storms of life or are the storms greater than your God? Easy answer! Pick the Lord every time and He will consume the storms you encounter!  
 
Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (NIV)
                                                      

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