Monday, July 31, 2017

A Key to Persevering Through a Life Storm

The storms of life come to all of us.  Not one of us escapes the sudden thunder and lightning and torrents of rain as we navigate through a fallen world.

Some storms last longer than others.  Some storms are more violent than others.  Some of them are not our fault - some of them are.

As Believers in Jesus, sometimes we can speak to the storm and it will become calm - but if the storm doesn't cease - then we must persevere through it.

Twenty-four-hour storms can be just as difficult as two-year storms.  Depending on our maturity and our emotional state when the storms hit.

However, no matter where you are on the path of life, no matter how long your storm is - there is one key that is true for all Believers in the midst of life's storms.

We are called to PERSEVERE!  We are called to NOT GIVE UP!

This is exactly the enemy's goal - to get us to quit.

So this is a key I have learned to never quit:

When the FEELING of wanting to give up overwhelms you, instead of giving into it - make yourself a goal to reach.

Say to yourself, "I choose not to quit and trust God.  I can make it until tomorrow morning!"

Then when tomorrow morning comes make another goal.  "I choose not to quit and trust God!  I can make it until lunch time."

Then when you reach lunch time make another goal.  "I choose not to quit and trust God!  I can make it to the weekend!"

When you reach the weekend make another goal.  "I choose not to quit and trust God!  I can make it until next weekend!"

What happens is that the storms of life DO end!  There IS light at the end of the tunnel.  Darkness may last for the night but JOY comes in the morning... IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP!

Persevere - by making small goals for yourself.  Pretty soon the storms of life don't cause as much fear because you have already conquered one.  You have gained knowledge about how to overcome a storm.  They don't seem quite as overwhelming.

We actually become mature as we face the storms and refuse to give up!

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

God will turn everything for your good...only DO NOT QUIT!

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