Your Storm is not the Issue


Matthew 14:29-32 say’s Come, he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt? And when they climbed into the boat the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, swaying “Truly you are the Son of God.

Yesterday’s Trivia Question: How many disciples did Jesus start out with? Answer: He called 12 men to follow Him.

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Peter looked at the drawing broad and he became afraid of the winds  and what looked liked a storm surrounding him. Jesus was developing Peter for his walk with the Lord. But Peter allowed his fear to over take him. And so Jesus reached out and caught him. When we find ourselves worry over an issue several things happen. First we assume that God is not listening, we began to talk to anyone who would give an ear to our situation. Even then we aren’t satisfied so we go back to the drawing board. We start looking at the board and examine it like we are detectives, we ask ourselves did we do this? Did we do that? 

It’s never about the storms we face it has nothing to do with it. It’s about what God is trying to get through us. Naturally  we think our situation seems hopeless. If we would just open our spiritual eyes one will see that God is maturing you.

We waste too much time on our circumstances while playing detectives on our drawing broad that we can’t see pass our nose.

Today’s Trivia Question:  What book and chapter will you find this scripture?  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Answer will be given the next day.

Ladies tonight at 7:00pm EST listen in as I share with you “The Lies the Enemy Tells Women And the Lies We Believe”  One of the lies he constantly tells us is” To Follow Our Hearts” Ladies we can’t afford to follow our hearts. It will get us into more trouble then we can ever imagine, all our lives we had people tell us to follow our hearts. Tonight you will hear what following your heart will get you when you let the enemy deceive you.

http://www.spreaker.com/show/keeping-jesus-the-center-of-your-life

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9 thoughts on “Your Storm is not the Issue

  1. Desiray,

    My heart just ached reading this post. I agree with your conclusion that the purpose of trials is spiritual maturity. However, my perspective on storms differs from yours. You see, I know without a doubt that my trials result in spiritual maturity. However, for the deeply wounded like myself, it is something I recognize and appreciate with ambivalence.

    Twenty-three years ago my firstborn child was stillborn. In the years since that time I have been thankful for the spiritual lessons learned; but never for the loss of my son. In the Spring of 2012 two of my three children were diagnosed with a rare and progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy known by its acronym, ARSACS. In December of 2013, my oldest and youngest daughters were killed in a three-vehicle collision. My middle daughter nearly died that day too. She has ARSACS and has recovered but has been wheelchair bound ever since. And I live with the knowledge that I will lose her too, bit by bit as disease overtakes her body. I live with anticipatory grief every day.

    I guess what I’m trying to communicate is that there are trials – those common in our culture – and then there are traumatic, life-altering trials (which come from a variety of sources) that leave Christians deeply wounded, emotionally and spiritually. This deeply wounded believer absolutely knows through experience that the the devastation of my life will mature my faith but that is of little consolation to this grieving mother.

    The storm does matter to the heartbroken. Diminishing the depth and value of the storm inadvertently communicates to the deeply wounded Christian that embracing the result of the “trying of a believer’s faith” somehow anesthetizes the pain and provides supernatural peace. I’m not sure if that message is simply the way the hurting filter words through their grief and brokenness, or if we have absorbed the cultural message that positive thinking (choosing joy in christianese) enables an individual to skip over pain, and move beyond it, or if it’s a combination of the two.

    I believe the circumstances of the storm are important because they reveal a Christian’s unknown misconceptions about God, scripture and faith. As a result, the believer either processes the emotions and the conflicts between long-held beliefs in light of scripture or their faith stagnates.

    “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

    Yes, James 1:2-4 encourages us to recognize the long term benefits of the testing of our faith, but in order to have our faith perfected we have to deal with all the issues the storms generate. The only way to develop endurance is to exercise. We have to address our circumstances. We have to examine them in comparison to God’s Word of truth in order to work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit in the refining of our faith. We can’t disregard the storm and fast forward to spiritual maturity.

    I don’t think you were advocating that the storm be disregarded as much as you were encouraging your readers to realize that trials have a purpose and a reward. That we need to move beyond moaning over circumstances to actively processing our feelings and wrestling with scriptures that seem to be contradictory to our experience. In essence, working out our faith so that we gain spiritual maturity.

    I know that as a result of the deep emotional and spiritual wounds I’ve suffered, the things I hear and read are analyzed in terms of what is plainly spoken, what is implied and what is left unsaid. So please forgive me if my comments have offended you in any way whatsoever.

    Janet

    1. Janet your comments are always welcome. Reading what has happened in your life reminds me of a song called It is Well with My Soul. Its story behind the song is how a man lost his wife and kids and at the end of his pain and lost he said Lord it is well with my soul. I do believe that what ever happens in our lives God knew that we can handle it. At the moment it doesn’t feel or look like it. But I do know He is there and His reason and purpose don’t make sense to us. But one day everything will be revealed.

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