LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF MATT 8:24(NASB)
"And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep."
10 LESSONS ABOUT YOUR STORMS (PERSONAL EXPERIENCE)
1. Storms have levels .The stronger your faith gets , the stronger the storms that will come to test its quality .1 peter 1:7(NLT)"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."
2.One good thing about a great Storm is that it comes to filter every little seed of doubt in your faith . you will never know it is there , until a stronger storm comes to challege your faith. Exo 9:24(GWT)"It hailed, and lightning flashed while it hailed. This was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation."
3.Storms come to test the rigidity of God.s word in your life. If it is at the surface level , you will surely feel the impact of the storm . but when the word is deep inside your spirit . It will produce so much richness and joy inside of you , that you will automatically sense His presence around you . Psalm 46:4(NLT)"A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High."
4.Storms come to prove who you trust .At such moments if your heart is still for God , the storms will reveal it . if not you would go back to Egypt for solution .Exo 14:12(NLT)"Didn't we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, 'Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It's better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!'"
5.The kind of storm you are faced with ,will reveal to you the level of spiritual maturity you have attained and how the heavenly host sees you . God called Gideon a man of valor but he never saw himself that way .Judges 6:12(NASB)"The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior."
6.After the storm comes the lessons . most times you will never get the deep revelations from the storms that come your way until after the storm. look out for the still small voice .1 Kings 19:12"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
7.When the storm seems so strong , that it looks like nothing can stop it , get ready that is when it is about to end. so keep praying . Psalm 37:35,36" I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found."
8.Your storms come to teach you one major lesson . without God you are helpless . Flesh cannot fight principalities , but the creator of the principalities. col 2:15"And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it."
9.The reason why you and I are alive today , is because God is on our side . If not , we ve no power against the storms that come against us . Lam 3:22(NIV)"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail."
10.Rejoice and again scripture says to rejoice. why? Is a sign something good is coming . Nahum 1:15 (NLT) so you won't miss it. "Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace. Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah, and fulfill all your vows, for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again. They will be completely destroyed!"
PRAYER : Father help me to overcome my storms in Jesus name , Amen.
you will ! Amen.