Surviving The Storm

God is God and nothing will ever change that! A scared world needs a fearless church because when you fear God you don’t need to fear man. When you fear God, you don’t have to fear systems; when you fear God you don’t have to fear pestilence; you don’t have to fear lack, diseases, bankruptcy, none of it! To fear Him is to worship Him to the highest authority in the universe, the heavens, and all the earth! He is the supreme ruler of all!

God grounds His children in His love and this fear for our heavenly Father is not the kind of fear of being afraid, it’s worship! Our God is the only One that can turn a storm around or totally make it disappear. If you are a Christian, you are the church and you are called to watch and pray!

Luke 1:37 – “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Let that sink deep in your spirit. Nothing means nothing. It doesn’t matter what it is if God wants it done, it’s going to happen!

Ephesians 6:18 – praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – 

Have any of you grown slack in your prayer like I did? Wake up every morning, do your routine, get ready for work, maybe study the word but very little time for prayer because everything is going good in your life. Then “WHAM!” Out of nowhere, here comes a virus, or maybe it hit you or a family member, or a neighbor got the virus or something worse! Did it change how or how often you prayed? It sure did my time with the Lord. No longer did I take that time for granted nor did I sit there and not repent for how I had neglected what I’ve been called to do as a child of the Most High. Pray!

For those of you who said that there wasn’t time in a day to pray or study your Bible, do you think you have time now to do a one on one with God? This thing didn’t just come out of the blue, it was orchestrated, but man is not in charge. Man is never in charge!

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. We, the church, are to become intercessors for those that don’t have a “mind” to pray. Instead of complaining about what we’ve lost, why can’t we focus on what we are grateful for?

Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Verse 3) For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia, and Seba in your place. Wow! What Scripture!

How many times have you survived a storm and know the only way you got through it was God? How many times has God delivered you in the past? The Bible says, “There will be storms,” but how we respond depends on how close our walk with God is! Storms will sweep some away, some will be wounded, but will heal. Healing doesn’t mean that the pain never happened, it means the pain no longer controls you. When God heals us, it means that pain no longer has dominance and control over our lives.

The beauty of a scar is it’s a reminder that something happened and it didn’t kill you and it becomes a testimony mark in your life! Did you know that you could be right in the middle of a storm and be in the center of God’s will? A storm is not always because we did something wrong, so stop thinking like that.

Do you remember when Jesus sent His disciples ahead of Him in the boat and a storm came up? They were obedient but the storm came anyway. Panic will cause tunnel vision. You can’t see anything but he doom of what’s going to happen.

The first thing that Jesus did in that storm was to bring comfort. He told them it was Him and calmed the storm. God will always bring comfort to our souls and spirits. Take comfort that God said He will never leave us and is going to be right there to go through everything you have to go through. If we are doing something wrong, make it right. A conviction in our hearts will come about what needs to change. And then things will become really clear about what matters most. Priorities will come into view when in a storm.

Do some people become selfish when they go through a storm? Yes! I’ve seen videos of people fist fighting over toilet paper, so don’t tell me people can think about anyone but themselves when panic strikes.

God wants us to be compassionate toward others when we go through things because God has called us to “Be the Chruch!” Be what others are looking for at this time. The Lord is bigger than any kind of storm we will ever go through.

Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not, commanded you? Be strong of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Surviving the storm: Try not to complain, keep your heart open, and control what you can. If you can’t control it, don’t lose sleep over it, God’s got it. And above all, trust God with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.

 

Enoch The Walk of Faith

Faith is measured by what we do, not by what we just say. Who was Enoch and how did he walk by faith?

Hebrews 11:5 – By faith, Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, and was found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Verse 6) But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews tells us that Enoch pleased God and Genesis tells us why he pleased God. He pleased God because he walked with Him. And it takes faith to please God by walking with Him. But what does it mean to walk with God? The New Testament phrase is to “Walk in the Spirit.” When we walk, it’s one step after another, not a hop, skip, jump or leap, walk.

So that means it’s ongoing and progressive. Enoch was sixty-five when he started his walk with God and walked with Him three-hundred years.

Genesis 5:21 – Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. (Verse 22) After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and begot sons and daughters. (Verse 23) So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. (Verse 24) And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

When we walk with God, He is continually in our decision making thought processes, and He is part of every step we take. God is attached to us as we are aligning ourselves with hIm.

When we walk with people for exercise, we usually walk with people we like. No one walks or exercises with people they don’t like. Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? It’s hard to walk with people we don’t agree with, right? So a walk with God invokes agreeing with Him. Harmony and a shared spiritual perspective is plain.

But in order to do this, Hebrews 11:6, says, “He that comes to God must first believe that He is.” Would you believe that a lot of people that call themselves Christians believe things about God without believing “IN” Him? They don’t take the God of the Bible seriously. One reason is that they don’t know their Bible.

We must believe that God wants to walk with us because He doesn’t just want a visit now and then He wants a real genuine relationship. Now, do you believe that God is a God that rewards those who diligently seek him? How many people truly believe that God responds to them when they pray? The Bible says He does. What exactly does the Bible say is His response to us? “That He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

However, walking with God will often mean we are walking against culture! We will be out of step with culture and society because we are listening to a different spirit.

Jude, verses 14, 15 – Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, (Verse 15) to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Jude says that Enoch was of the seventh generation, not the seventh son from Adam. Why does Jude want us to know this about Enoch? Because there were two Enoch’s in Adam’s family.

Genesis 4:17 – And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son-Enoch.

Jude is talking about Seth’s generation: Jared was Enoch’s father (Genesis 5:18). The first “Enoch” was known by men because he had a city named after him. But this Enoch that Jude writes about is known by God! Who do you want to know your name?

Jude says that Enoch was not some quiet private Christian, he prophesied against the ungodly. I imagine he was on the move all the time, going from town to town. Enoch did not compromise in order to be popular and neither should we.

If hell can have their representatives, heaven should have theirs too. Not enough Christians take the stand of standing and representing God’s Word. The closer a person gets to God the more sensitive they are going to be to the unrighteousness in their own life and the culture surrounding them.

Those that are too far away from God, won’t hear His voice, it will be undetectable. When we walk beside someone, we don’t have to scream in order for them to hear us. Make sense? If we’re not walking with God, we won’t hear Him give us direction.

When we walk with someone, they will help us go further than we could have gone on our own. The conversation of the relationship will help distract us from the pain of the moment. You may not be used to talking to God in your daily walk, but that is how we build a relationship with a Holy God that wants to walk with us!

How we live this life determines how we leave it.