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Storms of Life

Last week God told us to get Worded up as He is driving us through some dark times and navigating around some dangerous things--which means we need to know what He is saying and doing so we are doing the same things and are in the right place at the right time! He said that for those who are on this Fantastic Voyage, however, we understand that Storms of Life come to everyone. There are different kinds of storms--natural (like the picture shows), spiritual, mental, emotional, and even financial. Nobody is exempt from the storms that come in life, yet God wants us to see what He is doing in the midst of the storms that come and every other day for that matter--we simply must keep our attention on Him!

In Matthew 14--we read about Jesus walking on the water out to His disciples who were struggling in their boat in the storm that blew up. Peter, being zealous, asked to come out and Jesus said he could. We know the story--Peter got his eyes off of Jesus and onto the storm and he began to sink. What God wants us to understand today is that Peter noticing the storm wasn't the problem--he already knew it was there--the problem was when he took his attention off of Jesus and put it on the storm, he could no longer see what Jesus was doing so he could do it too, he only could see the problem.

Let us not be zealous for the cause of God but for God Himself, keeping our attention on Him so we can see what He is doing and hear what He is saying. We then will be right where we need to be each day and able to help those around us that God is wanting to connect with, and in each situation or storm of life we face. If we put our attention on the storm, or on even the instructions given, instead of God, we then will end up going back to learned behavior because we won't know what He is doing and the word doesn't get applied to our daily life.

Isaiah says it best in 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."

Let's discuss the message. Remember, what God revealed to you as you heard His word can help someone else glean more and understand more so that the word can become life in all of our lives!

  1. Have you been (currently or recently) experiencing a storm in your life? If so, what kind and can you see where your attention has been in the midst of it?

  2. Code Prime! Everybody is watching! Share how this understanding in regards to how we respond in a storm changed your thinking or what you will do in the future.

  3. Share anything that caused you to have a mind change, an aha moment, or even a slap in the face with truth. (I didn't mention this but I had one of those recently!)

Thank you for giving your time, energy, and heart to God--desiring to be consecrated to Him!

His Servant,

Elder Christy

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