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Thankful in the Storm
Life is like a roller coaster full of ups and downs. How we handle these times and seasons is important to whether we stay down or get back up. As a Christian you have to stand on your faith that the same God whom you worship when things are going good is the same God you cry out to when things in your life is not happening as you want or need them to. You might not feel it but God is still right there with you.
How we look at the situation has a lot to do with how we handle it. You have to rely on the word of God to find Peace in the middle of the storm. Remember to give him thanks for all things beginning with your waking up each morning with the strength to fight another day.
Luke 6:47 -48
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. (NIV)
That is how we have to be, remaining strong standing on our faith in Godís word through the trials and tribulations of life as they come and go.
As the whirlwind passeth so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. (NIV)
We have to know as Christians that God is with us in the middle of our storm just like he was in the fire with the three Hebrew boys. If you are not familiar with this, read the verses in Daniel 3 in your Bible. It will encourage you and aid you in standing strong.
A good scripture to recite and memorize that is perfect in stressful times is Psalms 27.
Psalms 27: 5-7
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
A key factor is that we have to remain joyful through all seasons of life, good and bad. We have to offer the sacrifice of praise. It is a sacrifice because when we are experiencing difficult times we might have a heavy heart but we still have to remember even in those times God is still worthy of our praise. This is a sign of a mature Christian that understands the meaning of faith knowing that God will help you through all storms and all seasons of life as long as you stay standing strong on the Word of God because His Word is bound in your spirit.
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