Storms – Part One

Storms will come.  Expect them, but be led by Holy Spirit.

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Mark 4:37 – And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

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I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “I must be doing something right.  The devil is really giving me a hard time.”  It may not have been those precise words, but the message is clear.  My friend, that is a truly dangerous statement.  Think on this.  Since when should the believer ever use anything set forth by the enemy of your soul as a means of judging anything having to do with God?  If you believe that an attack from the enemy can be some sort of yardstick indicating that you are doing the right thing, you make yourself an easy target for Satan.  All he has to do is wait until you’re doing something that you think is the will of God, but isn’t, and attack you.  Using the kind of thinking I am referencing here would lead you to think you must be doing the right thing because times have become difficult.  If that is the case, you have been deceived.  My friend, don’t fall prey to this kind of thinking. 

The point is simple.  We are to be led by Holy Spirit, NOT by circumstances.  Gideon used a fleece, but that was in the Old Testament when even God’s people were spiritually dead.  They needed a sign.  But the Christian should not be seeking a sign.  We should be studying the Scriptures.  We have the complete Bible.  We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed; rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  As Dr. Kenneth Hagin used to say, “If you set about to led by using a fleece, you’ll get fleeced.”  When one does that, he opens his spirit man to great potential deception that utterly crowds the natural world around us.

Over the next few days, let’s look more deeply into this issue of storms.  Some come from God; some don’t.  Some are sent to help; others are sent to destroy.  Believers need to know the difference.  And once again, the New Testament believer should never be led by any storm.  We MUST be directed by Holy Spirit, walking in obedience to the Word of God.  To that end, let’s take a look at four different kinds of storms the believer may face.  They are; (1) the storm into which the Lord sends you; (2) the storm the Lord sends to arrest you; (3) the storm that comes upon you to steal, kill, and destroy; and (4) the storm nature releases in its groaning.  We need to recognize the difference, for there are different skills and actions required for each one, and taking the wrong action in the wrong storm CAN be dangerous.

Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Romans 8:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:15

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