Facing the Storms of Life With the Spirit of Life

By Pastor Alton Trimble

Manna For Today: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Facing the Storms of Life with the Spirit of Life

Romans 8:31-32What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Storms are a part of life and the world we live in. Some storms we pray against, others we pray through. As we learn to face storms with the Spirit of Life (the Holy Spirit), the fear and anxiety about them are controlled, instead of being out of control, and will leave you.

We can and will overcome the storms of life and we can use them to fly higher. Use the winds of adversity in your life to fly higher in God! Everyone gets some storm-time, no one is exempt.

So what do we do when we find ourselves with a difficult weather report or storm in our lives? Consider the following:

1. Know that God is with you!

Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

• You can make it and take it because He’s there.

2. Know that God has spoken and will speak in and to your storm.

Matthew 8:23-27Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

• Say what God has said to your storm; listen then speak what He is saying now.

3. Know that God has and will deliver you.

Psalm 34:17-20The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken.

• He is your comfort, relief, help and hope.

4. Know that victory can come out of your failures.

Matthew 14:29-31So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

• Determine to win in Him no matter the cost.

5. Know that God is your source and resource.

Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

• Your giving determines your getting.

6. Know that your affliction must not become your addiction.

II Corinthians 4:17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…

• Get ‘lite’ man, get ‘lite’ because it’s ‘lite.’

7. Know that your God is God.

Psalm 46:10Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

• Be still!

Peace and blessings!

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