HOPE IN LIFE’S STORMS

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Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.

 

Life can sometimes be full of storms.  In the midst of life’s storms we can have strong confidence, be safe, and secure if we anchor our soul in Bible hope Hebrews 6:19. God never promised that there would not be storms John 16:33.

 

Some storms are due to our OBEDIENCE like the storm Jesus faced Luke 8:22-25. Obedience to God’s will, will expose us to risk and storms. Storms like this are no proof that we missed God.  Storms like this come to oppose our obedience to God’s plan and purpose. This storm came to stop the advance of God’s will and plan to go to the other side of the lake and bring deliverance to the man from Gadara who was full of demons.  Jesus rebuked this storm with a command of faith and implied by His question to His disciples, “Where is your faith,” that they could have done the same.

 

Some storms are due to our DISOBEDIENCE, like the storm Jonah faced Jonah 1:4, 5. He had a direct Word from God, an assignment, to go preach to Nineveh. He was running from the presence of God and his assignment and that brought the storm to him and others in the same boat with him. When we reject God’s plan and assignment we too may experience some storms.

 

There are also storms due to THE WILL AND CHOICES OF OTHER PEOPLE like Paul faced in Acts 27:20-25. Paul wasn’t the captain of the ship he was on so he didn’t have total authority to choose what direction the ship took. Paul perceived that there would be trouble if they continued in the direction they were going. This storm came because the people he was with would not obey the leading of the Spirit and wisdom of God. He was caught in the storm of another human’s will or someone else’s wrong choice. After the storm beat against them Paul received hope after long abstinence (fasting) and seeking the Lord (though it doesn’t specifically say it). I believe as he fasted and prayed God communicated to him. All natural hope was taken away but Paul still had supernatural hope which came from what was communicated to him by the messenger of God.

 

As Christians with a covenant with God and the Holy Ghost within us we are not limited to natural hope. We may not receive an angelic messenger to give us hope but have the Holy Ghost on board with us Who can speak to us in our storms and cause us not only to be anchored but to abound in hope Romans 15:13. God’s promises also give us hope that we can lay hold of in faith. In the midst of life’s storms we can have strong confidence, be safe, and secure if we anchor our soul in Bible hope Hebrews 6:19.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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