Thursday, August 22, 2013

Calm In The Storm

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27, NASB95)

Our day began with a large thunderstorm moving over. At first you heard the loud rolling thunder off in the distance, but as time passed it drew closer and it became much, much louder and the rolls seemed to be right on top of each other as the lightning repeatedly lit up the sky. In the midst of this the power went out in our home, and even though it was day time the thickness of the cloud cover kept our home in the dark. This was quite unnerving for the kids and the cats. The cats hid, but the kids we could talk to and assure, as we talked about the relative safety of our home as compared to standing exposed under the power of the storm and related it to the power of God to protect us from the storm.

As the thunder and lightning moved off into the distance again and the sky lightened up a bit, the kids became more relaxed, and then when the sun popped out and the lights eventually came back on things quickly went back to normal. Through this they once again have come through, what was for them, a frightening time knowing that all is well.

In a sense don’t we all struggle with fears in some way? When something imposing presses in there is that tension to look at the size of the storm and to maybe even momentarily lose sight of our God who is sovereign (totally in control) over the storm. But God, He does not leave us alone. He is always present and always protecting. We have no reason to fear, and He will bring us out on the other side.

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.” (Psalm 33:20–22, NASB95)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1–7, NASB95)

Psalm 146:1, 5-6, 10 “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!” … “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;” … “The Lord will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!” (NASB95)

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (8/22)

Trust Me, and don’t be afraid. I want you to view trials as exercises designed to develop your trust-muscles. You live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles, and fear is one of Satan’s favorite weapons. When you start to feel afraid, affirm your trust in Me. Speak out loud, if circumstances permit. Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you. Refresh yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or sing praises to Me, and My Face will shine radiantly upon you.

Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me. You have been judged NOT GUILTY for all eternity. Trust Me, and don’t be afraid; for I am your Strength, Song, and Salvation.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

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