Friday, 26 April 2013

OVERCOMING THE STORM OF LIFE


 TEXT: MARK 4: 35-41, MATTHEW 7:24-27
 In our Christian walk; storm is inevitable, if you want to make it in life, you cannot avoid the storm that shapes and moulds.

To fulfil destiny; you would pass through the storm to get to your destination. Jesus Christ told his disciples in verse 35 “let us go over to the other side” this shows they have a particular destination that they were going. (The other side)

On their way to their destination; the storm started, if they had gone back because they were afraid of the storm, they would not have gotten to their destination.

The disciples were afraid of the storm, they thought they would drown, but because Jesus was in the boat with them, they overcame the storm.
Jesus was in the boat with them; yet they experienced the storm, this implies that though you are in Christ, troubles will come, but because God is on your side, your victory is sure. (Matt 7: 24-27)


In this text; Jesus likened those that put his words into practice to a wise man who built his house on the rock. Those that hear his words and did not put it into practice are likened to the foolish man, who built his house on sand. The promises in the word of God are enough for believers to rely on during trials.

To overcome the storm of our lives, we need to put our trust in God. He is our rock and we need to sink our root of faith deep in him. To overcome the storm you need one thing to do; that is to involve the controller of storm, the one that can calm the storm of your life. His name is the lord Jesus Christ.

Some people believe they can calm the storm of their lives with their canal wisdom or with their natural strength. These people can be likened with those who build their house on sand, which the wind will easily blow away. You cannot calm the storm of your life with your canal wisdom or strength. It takes the intervention of God to calm every storm that one is facing; the disciples did nothing on their own to calm the storm, because they understand that their power cannot calm the storm. All they did was to call on Jesus to help them to rebuke the storm.



HOW TO OVERCOME THE STORM

·        Always have a close fellowship with God by praising, worshiping, exalting and praying.

·        Study and meditate on the word of God. Be familiar with his words (Joshua 1:8)

·        Pray with understanding (pray by making reference to relevant scripture.)

·        Remember that you are not alone in that situation alone. Jesus is in it with you, so don’t hesitate to commit everything to him.

·        Do not take any decision on your own always ask God for direction. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

·        It is very difficult to concentrate during trials, but do not forget to engross yourself by confessing positive words. His words are powerful; but when you refuse to speak the word, it becomes powerless.

·        Always rejoice in the lord even in that situation that you are in. the bible says we should rejoice always. Rejoice while you are waiting for God to calm the storm of your life. (Philippians 4:4)

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