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Riding The Storm With Fear And Faith

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Imagine “Fear” as a dark creature with long fingers wearing a tattered hat. This hat covers much of his disfigured face, but his dark eyes are visible. His cold and intimidating glare is quite unnerving and if caught off guard, his appearance can stun, startle, and terrorize an unsuspecting believer. 

Fear surely giggles with glee when he catches the children of God unprepared or napping, for his master has trained him well in the tactics of spiritual warfare. Satan wants believers to be ineffective and powerless. He will try everything in his power to daze and stupefy us. To dumbfound a Christian into paralysis is to create a roadblock and delay in the plans of God. 

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” ~Charles Stanley 

Now imagine “Faith” as a Sailor in his uniform whites. What a courageous and confident fellow he is indeed! No rough waters or storms can knock him off his feet. He is steady and well balanced. His eyes reflect a quiet confidence that oozes strength and vigor. One look at Faith and Fear crumbles to the ground, a dark mass of broken bits. 

Hebrews 10:38 says “The just will live by faith.” A “just” person is someone who is fair, virtuous, and honest. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) So a JUST person, living by faith, is virtuous and certain of things not seen. He knows that God is beside him, even when He remains quiet. When Fear approaches a JUST man, his plans are foiled because if we resist the enemy he must flee. This is a promise of God! 

Faith does not make things easy. Faith makes things possible. Luke 1:37 reminds us, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Sailor boy Faith knows this truth. It is what gives him the confidence to stare hurricane force winds and deadly storms in the face without a blink of his eye. He knows that God is steering his ship and that all he needs to do is hold on, trusting God to see him through his adventure. 

If you are facing storms that bring you face to face with FEAR, call out to God. Ask Him to mature and strengthen your faith. You will most likely have to weather out the storm you are experiencing, but your Father will use your willingness to trust in His provisions to build up your faith. God is the Captain of your ship and Fear has no place on deck. He will command you to toss Fear overboard during your storms; you will be wise to obey this order!

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”   Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

The best part of seeing your way through a storm, even if you think you have been blown off course, is watching how God takes the wheel and delivers to safety. Sometimes our poor life choices blow us off course, but God knows how to get us back on course by redirecting our steps. And then use our rabbit trail to accomplish the purpose He always intended!  There is a calm after a storm. Enjoy the fresh air and the gentle breezes. Allow them to heal your weary soul. Let the faith of God rule in your heart. May it bring you through every gale and hurricane, bluster and thunderstorm in life. 

“Seeing that a pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.” ~John Calvin

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked came against me
 to eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes,
 they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; 
Though war may rise against me,
 In this I will be confident.”   Psalm 27:1-3 (NKJV)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NAS) “That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (NKJ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnAOJuwqQLI

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Hope Is Born In The Dark

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Author: Cheryl Zelenka

Hope is born in the dark. Like a lighthouse calling out to a lost ship at sea, it will safely bring you through your personal storm. It will encourage and guide  you to safety. Hope is found in the arms of God.

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24 (NKJV) 

Relentless winds of adversity can be so draining! When an unexpected storm hits it may feel as though you have been tossed into a ferocious hurricane. Despair may even come into sight and strive to rob you of perseverance. So, with one small voice you utter a simple prayer,“Abba!”

Suddenly, the mighty hand of God lifts you out of your trouble. He simply wanted to hear your petition for help. He is always more than happy to be your refuge and hiding place. In fact, the Lord takes pleasure in all who hope and trust in His mercy. However, if you want to receive His assistance, you can’t give up or surrender your hope.

Perseverance is strengthened during the storms that test our faith. To persevere is to ascend the mountaintop of God. It is a necessary attribute, a requirement if we wish to see the face of God. No runner can finish a race without a determined persistence to complete the uphill climb or challenging terrain. Continue reading “Hope Is Born In The Dark”