Get through the storm well

'In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.' Romans 8:37 NIV

Yesterday we learned some lessons from Paul's shipwreck experience. Today let's look at getting through a storm well!

(1) Prepare for storms! The wise man built his house on a rock because he understood that life is never smooth; sooner or later a storm comes (see Matthew 7:24). 'A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions' (Proverbs 22:3 NKJV). Being prepared for a storm will help you anticipate and navigate its dangers. (2) Stay calm! Panic kills more pilots than bad weather because it clouds their ability to think. In the storm Jesus said to his disciples, 'It is I; don't be afraid' (Mark 6:50 TLB). If you're not looking to Jesus you're freaked out by the problem, frantically searching for a solution or desperately looking to others to get you out of the storm. To get through a problem in one piece, continually fix your gaze on Jesus. (3) Never abandon your purpose! The crew on Paul's ship threw the cargo, the purpose for their journey, overboard. Never let go of the vision God called you to, because it's this vision that will sustain you through the hard times. Later Paul would write, 'And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans' (Romans 8:28 TLB).

So what now? Why not put together a preparation plan for a 'storm' you anticipate may happen. Trust God to help you prepare and get through it well.

Soulfood: Ex 20:7 Is 29:22-24 Matt 6:9 Phil 2:5-11,

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