WINNING OVER WORRY
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Here are several Biblical principles that will help endure the storms we face:
1. REACH OUT
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
WE NEED NEIGHBORS/FRIENDS IN STORMS.
THERE IS SAFETY IN REACHING OUT TO OTHERS….
SATAN WANTS TO ISOLATE YOU AND TAKE YOU OUT.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
OUR ONE ON ONE FELLOWSHIP HAS BEEN DISRUPTED BECAUSE OF THE COVID VIRUS. HOWEVER, WE CAN STILL REACH OUT TO OTHERS VIA THE PHONE, INTERNET, ZOOM, FACETIME….
2. DO ROUTINE THINGS.
DO THE ROUTINE THINGS YOU DO: EAT WELL, SLEEP, EXERCISE, WORSHIP, PRAY…
THE DEVIL WANTS TO DISRUPT YOUR NORMAL ROUTINE: NO SLEEP, NO EATING, NO WORSHIP…
Matthew 7:24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
THOSE WHO CONTINUALLY DO WHAT THEY HAVE HEARD WILL HAVE A POSITIVE RESULT.
3. DON’T TAKE ON THE STORMS OF OTHERS
IT’S AMAZING, YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A TERRIBLE STORM AND ALL OF SUDDEN EVERY ELSE WHO HAS A STORM FINDS YOU.
YOU CAN HELP THEM WITH PRAYER, KINDNESS AND LOVE… BUT DO NOT TAKE ON THEIR STORM.
Hebrews 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
THEIR ANGER… CAN BECOME YOUR ANGER.
THEIR BITTERNESS … CAN BECOME YOUR’S…
THEIR WORRY… CAN BE ADDED TO YOURS…
4. IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS
IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, REMAIN THANKFUL.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
“IN” ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS
“FOR” ALL THINGS…. THE STORM…
YOU CAN STILL HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART “IN” THE STORM.
DWELL ON THINGS GOD HAS SOWN INTO YOUR DAY:
YOU ARE SAVED
YOU HAVE AN ETERNAL DESTINY
YOU HAVE A FUTURE AND HOPE
YOU ARE NO LONGER A SLAVE TO SIN…
85% OF YOUR LIFE IS OK…
DON’T DWELL ON THE 15% THAT’S NOT.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.