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.