LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF MARK 4:37 (NLT)
"But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water."
10 LESSONS ABOUT YOUR STORMS
1. Storms have levels. So don’t compare your storms with others. Only believe God to see you through by faith . But here is the key found in the book of Prov 4:25, 26(Amp)” Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the storm of the wicked when it comes [since you will be blameless]; For the Lord will be your confidence, firm and strong,And will keep your foot from being caught [in a trap].|” Don't panic rule number one ! So God can speak to you . Gen 41:16.
2. Storms come to test your faith. See how I see it here , your storms come to filter every little seed of doubt in your faith . you will never know it is there , until a stronger storm comes to challenge your faith. Peter denied Jesus three times , but Jesus prayed for him , that his faith will not fail.Luke 22:32(Amp)” but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” "
3.Storms come to test the rigidity of God.s word in your life . you have digested the word , it is in you , but the storms will come to test how strong the word you "believe" dwells in your spirit . how strongly do you believe it? His word tried Joseph .Psalm 105:19” Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. “
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 .(using the worldly method .an eye for an eye ) . The children of Israel threatened Moses in the wilderness , when they saw the storm(challenge) to return back to Egypt. ( your old friends , using bad methods to work it out) . Numbers 14:4(Amp)” So they said one to another, “Let us appoint a [new] leader and return to Egypt.” Don’t ! if you do you will miss the prize ahead of you .(honor ) Heb 12:2 (Amp)
5.The kind of storm you are faced with ,will reveal to you the level of your spiritual maturity in the spirit realms . If it is a strong one ..lol . you re becoming matured friend .congratulations ! You re being recognized by the heavenly host . Judges 6:12(NLT)” The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!" Gideon did not see himself that way . Listen , God is building you up .you can ! Amen. Fear not . Isaiah 41:10 (Amp)
6 .After the storm comes the lessons . Most times you will never get the deep revelations/teachings from the storms until after it is over. Nebuchadnezzar learnt this after his storm was over .Daniel 4:37(Amp)” Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and faithful and His ways are just, and He is able to humiliate and humble those who walk in [self-centered, self-righteous] pride.”
7.When the storm is so strong , that it looks like nothing can stop it , get ready that is when it is about to stop , so keep praying and rejoicing in hope (expectation) .Roms 12:12 (Amp)” constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],”
8.Your storms come to teach you one major lesson . without God you are helpless .why? Flesh (human senses) cannot fight principalities (spirits), but the creator of the principalities. Col 1:16 (Amp)” For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. “
9. Whenever you are faced with a stubborn storm .Here is the key – count on His mercies . He never fails. Count on it . It works ! Lams 3:22(Amp) “It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail.”
10. Rejoice and again scripture says to rejoice. why? See what is coming from the book of 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! “ .Listen , it will turn for your good now in Jesus name , Amen. Psalm 126:1 (NIV)
“Storms come to prove you , fear not “
PRAYER : Father help me to stand strong in the face of this storm in Jesus name , Amen.
you win ! Amen.