God loves you! He doesn’t punish His children! Why would the Lord who gave His life for you deliberately make you suffer? The problem is that we live in a world that doesn’t know the Lord. The enemy lures those who don’t believe in Christ and attempts havoc with those who do. Life, although full of God's promise, can sometimes be very hard. There will be storms in life, but no matter the storm the Lord already has provision for your promise. Don't just wait for the storm to end. Choose to rejoice when the rain comes! Launch into the fury in faith—trusting the Lord to help you handle it with grace.
“Brothers and sisters,” Paul wrote, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" (Philippians 4:8, NIV). You launch into the storm in faith when you think on God's good things. Dwell on what you know the Lord says is true. Think about what encourages and offers hope! Your storm has a positive aspect that can teach you something life-changing! It has the power to reveal something incredible! Give power to the positive in Jesus’ grace! Don’t dwell on the negative and give power to the enemy’s intent!
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice,” Paul also wrote, “and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9, NIV). When you asked Jesus into your heart, you were reborn with His mind—with His nature. But you must put on this new nature and practice it to be transformed in the way you think!. When you allow the Holy Spirit to change your mind, fear fades into the background. Instead, you rejoice in His faithfulness. You walk by faith and not by sight. You trust and believe. Peace reigns.
God is in the midst of your storm. He is the fourth man in your fire and the strength that holds your arm high above the battle. Jesus is the living water that quenches your thirst in that desert place. He is your song when no one else is singing. He is your victory! Rejoice in Him always—in the rain and in the promise! Never forget that He has overcome the world!
© 2019 Lynn Lacher