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by Tim Greenwood
Are you going through a storm?
disciples encountered a great storm in Mark 4:35-40: Jesus told
them to take him in a ship to the other side of the lake and then He
fell asleep. A great storm came up and the ship began to sink. In an
absolute panic, they woke Jesus. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and
spoke to the sea. The storm was instantly over. And then He asked the
disciples why they hadn’t already done what He just did. Then He
answered His own question pointing out the presence of fear and the
absence of faith.
Here’s what you can do during times of storms:
1. Reach out during these storms. Never permit yourself to hide away
and separate yourself from others. The devil would love to put
guilt or shame on you because of the storm you’re going through.
Don’t take in his lies. Seek the help and comfort of other mature
Christians to pray in agreement with you.
2. Continue with your daily routine. This is the peace of God
ruling in your life, not confusion. Don’t allow yourself to lose
sleep in worrying.
3. Refuse to fear! Faith cannot coexist with fear. Only one or
the other will be present during a storm. Choosing faith is
4. Don’t make any quick emotional vows to God during this time.
Make sure your emotions are in check. If there is indeed an area
that needs changing in your life, you can come to God and speak to Him
about it at another time.
5. Realize what storms are NOT yours. Don’t allow yourself to be
sucked into the whirlpool of other people’s storms. If you help other
people during a storm, pray a blood covering over yourself, love them,
and speak the Word to them.
6. Rule the storms-don’t tolerate them. Mark 11:23 says to speak to
this Mountain and command it to leave. Do this right away, and then
only say what God’s Word says about it. Never speak the negative.
7. Praise and thank God continually. Use your shield of faith,
which quenches ALL the fiery darts of the wicked, by thanking and
praising God that the mountain (storm) has left.
If you do these things - you will overcome the storms, and you will have the victory!
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Shaken But Not Stirred
Article by Nancy Smith
Most of our baby boomer generation would recognize this phrase as James
Bond’s preferred method of martini preparation. However, during
prayer the thought came to me that this can also describe the state of
mind of most people today, even God’s people. Those who are without God
have good reason to be shaken - look at the numerous natural disasters
that have befallen many nations: massive earthquakes, tsunamis,
typhoons, hurricanes, volcanic eruption, severe drought, overabundant
water causing great damage. Consider the economic wreckage of our
global economy causing the stock markets to veer as wildly as a driver
asleep at the wheel. There is no hope that man has a solution to all
Sadly, people by the billions are shaken, fearful, frustrated and
trying to cope, rather than resting in hope. We are caught up in the
business of just feeding our existence. How can I pay for my child’s
college? Can I make next month’s rent and buy enough food for my
family? Thoreau said “most men live lives of quiet desperation.”
If that describes your life, then it’s time to do a new thing - get
stirred up. 2nd Timothy 1:6 tells us (NKJV) “I remind you `Stir
up the gift of God’ which is in you by the laying on of my hands.”
God gives us many gifts, all of them good gifts. One of His greatest
gifts is the presence of His Holy Spirit within us. Father, Son
and Spirit live with us, but the Holy Spirit is special in that He is
our Comforter and Guide - the One who shall teach us all things, and
brings all things to our remembrance. He works with the spirit of man
(the candle of the Lord) and gives us wisdom and insight beyond our own
maturity and experience. But just as we must feed a fire to keep it
burning, and feed it well (and continuously) to make it burn
bright, we must feed our spirits and “stir them up” to allow the Holy
Spirit to bring the light of Jesus into our world, and light up the
darkness around us.
So how do we get stirred up? First, realize God said “YOU stir up the
gift of God.” He’s already done all that He needs to do. Now it’s our
turn. Stir it up by spending quality time in Bible study. Stir it up by
spending time in your prayer closet. Stir it up by spending time with
people who belong to God and they are happy to talk about it, both in
and outside church. Stir it up by sharing your faith with those who are
in need and searching for answers. (You’ll help stir them also). Start
your day thinking about “who can I bless today, Lord”? Practice mercy
and grace toward your family, your colleagues, your friends and perfect
(or imperfect) strangers, like the fellow who cut you off on the
highway. Under your own power it isn’t easy. But the gift of God that
you are stirring up will teach you, guide you and show you all
things. You and I are vessels who can do all things through God,
to whom is all glory and praise.
So if you’re seeing no way out, look toward God with a stirred-up heart
- Isa. 43:19 promises “I will do a new thing. I will make a road in the
wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” He can make a way for you, for
me, for anyone who comes to Him in repentance and obedience, and none
of us who trust in Him need ever be shaken again.
Some of the places
we will be in
Month of July
Sunday July 8:
Shining Light Ministry
La Puente, CA
Pastor Mario Villa
Sunday July 15:
Abundant Life Fellowship Community Church
Pastor Tim Wolf
Wednesday July 18:
Tim & Marcia’s Wedding Anniversary
Saturday, July 28:
Believers Victory International Church
Pastor Delores Mueller
Sunday July 29:
Praise Alive Worship Center
Monterey Park, CA
Pastor John Long