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)
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
Slightly Obsessed #216: Daddy Has You
As I sat at the red light, a pick-up pulled up beside me in the other lane. The window was rolled down, and the driver rested his arm lazily on the door ledge. A chihuahua fur baby sat perched in the crook of the driver’s arm, yapping with all its tiny might at the pickup in front of me.
Slightly Obsessed #215: Sunday School Had It Right
A Ugandan friend once told us that growing up in Sunday school, he quickly learned how to answer the Bible questions in class. “The right answer,” he said with a smile, “is always, ‘Jesus.’" As a child, no matter what question was posed in class, he always answered, “Jesus.”
Slightly Obsessed #214: Friendly Fire
In 1788, the Austrian army turned on itself and decimated its own ranks, allowing its enemy to walk in and take the city. Are we allowing the same thing to happen on the spiritual battlefield?
Slightly Obsessed #213: God of the Mountains
While life is so uncertain, one thing is: God loves us so much, and He will never abandon us. No matter what happens in the coming days, months, or years, God is in control. And He will give us the strength to overcome any trial that comes our way.
Jordan For Jesus #039: Find the GOLD in People
Find the GOLD in people. If you only see fault, error, wrongs, sins, and what is bad, in people, then you have no time to love them. You cannot judge people and love people, at the same time, which is why the Word of God instructs us to look for what is good in people. When we look for the good, in people, we are choosing to see people through the eyes of God.