Jordan For Jesus #030 "Hurricanes (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-10-23 10:54:43
I am so sure that everyone has encountered a trial, at least once or twice in their life time, that has felt like a hurricane. Or maybe you are one of those people who have experienced many trials, in your life, that you could easily compare to massive hurricanes ripping, tearing, shredding, blowing, and causing constant chaos as well as destruction relentlessly.
If this is your current situation, just rest in the Lord knowing He and His love is greater than a hurricane. You can trust Him because He alone is beyond faithful.
When you genuinely and honestly fall in love with Jesus, absolutely nothing and no one can come between that love relationship you have with your Lord and Savior. Nothing competes or compares. Not even the biggest and strongest trial easily compared to a hurricane because Jesus is greater.
Peace is not being absent of trials but being in the presence of the Lord while enduring them. When you delight yourself in the Lord and when He is your first and only love, hurricanes or no hurricanes, you have peace that surpasses all understanding in the storms you encounter and experience in life.
God sometimes will take His children into troubled waters. Not to drown them but to teach and cleanse their hearts in order to make their hearts more like His heart. Your heart may feel worn and tired by the wind and the waves, but in order for your heart to look more like God's heart, God uses the wind and waves as tools to refine and shape your heart into a heart more like His.
When your heart is tired, place it in God's hands and God will be your strength to make it through the storm. God uses even the hurricanes, in life, for His and our benefit. It is all in His and your favor!
Surrender your current situation to God and let Him have His way, knowing that whatever you face, in this life, God already knew you would walk through it. You are not alone. God is with you, and He has your best interest at heart.
God will not give you more than you can handle. God gives His biggest, hardest battles to His toughest and strongest soldiers. He works all things for good according to His purpose for those that love Him.
You may have had to face a few hurricanes in life, but the outcome will be rewarding if.....you trust God. Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord instead of the hurricane, and you will not be shaken.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28, NIV)
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13, NIV)
"I keep my eyes always on the Lord; with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." (Psalm 16:8, NIV)
"My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies." (Psalm 25:15, NLT)
"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne." (Hebrews 12:2, NLT)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.