Word 4U Today

Your Storm Shelter (3)

Your Storm Shelter (3)

‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…’

Genesis 28:15 NIV

To prepare for life’s storms you must:

1) Practice self-control. Storms are much harder on the undisciplined and self-indulgent.

The illusion that life should be easy, painless, and air-cushioned makes you vulnerable to discouragement, disillusionment, and defeat in hard times.

The truth is, tough times don’t last but tough people do!

And tough people practice self-denial and self-control.

It’s their spiritual muscle for handling life’s hardships.

The Bible says, ‘The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control…’ (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).

God’s Spirit will make you tough enough to control your greatest weakness—yourself—the thing that ultimately defeats you in the tough times.

Paul lived by this principle. ‘I discipline my body and keep it under control…’ (1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV).

Great athletes know that it’s their conditioning, not the conditions, that determine their victory.

2) Depend on God, not people. ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man’ (Psalms 118:8 NKJV).

Yes, others can help you at times, like a cast helps a broken leg. But once that leg is ready to bear its weight, you must discard the cast or your leg won’t regain full strength.

People can only go so far; God is the only one who will go all the way with you.

Paul writes: ‘…No one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened meThe Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!’ (2 Timothy 4:16-18 NKJV).

What now?

Is there someone that you know you need to forgive? Start to pray and (when you feel you can) talk to that person. Grow towards forgiveness.

Joy Ferdiz

November 27th, 2013

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