Storm Warning!

If you were outside having a party with your friends and you knew that a bad storm was about to come up – what would you do? Would you continue to party and pretend that the storm was not coming or would you get everything up and everybody to safety?  The answer to the question should be obvious.  Most of us would answer the question by saying that we would get everything up and everybody to safety, but I am not sure that this is always the truth.

You see my friends – there is a storm coming! We can hear the thunder and see the lightning and we know that we have a decision to make.  Will we continue to live our lives outside of God’s will, pretending that everything is alright or will we start to get things in order by making sure that we are really right with God.

I see people everyday that live life according to their terms, all the while playing the pretend game of acting like they care about what God wants. If we really care about what God wants, then it will change the way that we are living our lives!  Almost everyday of my life – God reveals something that I need to deal with.  When I deal with the things that He is pointing out, I am blessed and fulfilled, but when I fail to deal with the things that He is pointing out, I am frustrated and disappointed.

I believe that it is God’s desire for us to experience happiness. I believe that often times a storm will blow into our lives to try and encourage us to do the right thing.  If you find yourself in the midst of a storm, don’t miss your opportunity to get everything up and everybody to safety!  Storms don’t have to be a bad.  Storms can actually be good, if you will allow them to influence your life in the right way!  What storm is blowing into your life and what are you going to learn from it?

3 thoughts on “Storm Warning!”

  1. It was this time last year you were sharing with our church family the heart braking storm our family was in. On June 30th, 2008 you gave me a little 335 page book titled “God’s Promises For Your Every Need”. It seems like my finger prints and tears are on every page of that simple looking book. You saw me at the lowest point of my life. I was broken to the core my being. I literally couldn’t feel anything; I was completely overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do from one minute to the next. Five days after the day we almost lost Erin there you were again, sitting across from me as you had been from the first day. Assuring, confident and not overwhelmed as I was but you were overflowing with the promises of God. An amazing spirit of Love started bellowing through the entire family of God at Northwood Baptist Church, just because of what had happened to our sweet Erin. Our church family loved my family though the darkest and lowest time of our collective lives. God had something extra in all of this for me and that was you my brother with all of the overflowing promises from God. I found myself slap dab in the middle of the biggest, darkest, fiercest and challenging storm that I never could have imagined. The truth was I couldn’t get out of the way of the storm before it hit us, and once it hit us it was full-on. Like you preached last week about being all-in, and that is just what our church family did so they could love and help my family though a devastating storm. There may be some people who think I’m blowing this out of proportion, let me just say I’ve prayed almost everyday that God Almighty would spare others from the pain we’ve been. I have that little book in my hands everyday; it has helped guide me through a lot of pretty bad storms in the last thirteen months. I fall short of making the grade or hit mark everyday, but the promises God provides us the tools we need to build the foundations that weather any storms that will come. With the family of God beside me, I can keep seeking His pure and awesome will for my life. I know I can weather any storm that comes, because now I’m overflowing with promises of God, not the old me that was overwhelmed. I love you and you sweet family, and I honored to be loved by so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t ya just loved the way that sounds “In Christ”? It gives me a little boost every time I say it or hear it. Anyway, I better stop writing or I could tie up the server. I hope my inspections finish up soon enough to make it to church Wednesday night. I love ya dude, and thanks for the book. Sorry about the yap, yap, yap.

    Always in Christ

    PHILLIP

  2. MJ, thanks for the warning and the encouragement. God has promised us there will be storms in our lives. And as you have said, these are not necessarily bad if we make the choice to allow God to reveal those sins in our lives that is keeping us from having a right relationship with Him. As I look back, I haven’t always taken advantage and grown through the storms, but God is patient and will allow us to make a choice. But I now know to yield to Him and get things in order the way He wants us to. And this will bring Glory to Him and blessings to us.

  3. It was this time last year you were sharing with our church family the heart braking storm our family was in. On June 30th, 2008 you gave me a little 335 page book titled “God’s Promises For Your Every Need”. It seems like my finger prints and tears are on every page of that simple looking book. You saw me at the lowest point of my life. I was broken to the core my being. Literally I couldn’t feel anything; I was completely overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do from one minute to the next. Five days after the day we almost lost Erin there you were, sitting across from me as you had been from the first day. Assuring, confident and not overwhelmed as I was, you were overflowing with the promises of God. An amazing spirit of Love started bellowing through the entire family of God at Northwood Baptist Church, just because of what had happened to our little Erin. Our church family loved my family though the darkest and lowest time of our collective lives. God had something extra in all of this for me and that was you my brother with all of the overflowing promises from God in that small book. I found myself slap dab in the middle of the biggest, darkest, fiercest and challenging storm that I never could have imagined. The truth was I couldn’t get out of the way of the storm before it hit us, and once it hit us it was full-on. Like you preached last Sunday about being all-in, that is just what our church family did just so they could love and help my family though a devastating storm. There may be some people who think I’m blowing this out of proportion, let me just say I’ve prayed almost everyday that our almighty God would spare others from the pain we’ve been. I have that little book in my hands everyday; it has helped guide me through a lot of pretty bad storms in the last thirteen months. I fall short of making the grade or of hitting the mark everyday, but the promises God provides us the tools we need to build the foundations that can weather any storm. With the family of God beside me, I can keep seeking His pure and awesome will for my life. I know I can weather the storms that come, because now I’m overflowing with promises of God, not the old me that was overwhelmed. I love you and you precious family, and I am truly honored to be loved by so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t ya just loved the way that sounds “In Christ”? It gives me a little boost every time I say it or hear it. Anyway, I better stop writing. I love ya dude, and thanks for the book. Sorry about the yap, yap, yap.

    Always in Christ

    PHILLIP

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