Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine, and puts them into practice is like a man who built his house on a rock: The rains came down. The streams rose, and the winds blew against that house; yet, it didn’t fall, because it had its foundation on a rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine, but doesn’t put them into practice, is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down. The streams rose.and the winds blew, and beat against that house. And it fell with a great crash. Matthew 7:24-27
Storms come into everyone’s life. Their intensity can even be so bad they can even howl against us like a Cat- 5 Hurricane! As a Chaplain in the United States Military, and VA, I have seen people pounded by the pain of spiritual, emotional,verbal, sexual and war maladies caused by the worst of the worst of what humans can do to one another. Sin, I have seen, shred at the very hearts of humanity. Jesus words, in our scripture text above, point us to a way of Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today (R.E.S.T.)
Jesus plan is simply this: Look back through these teachings of mine, from Matthew 7 back to 5, and you will discover, through these teachings of Jesus how to weather the storms, and how to come out fully alive. Simply embrace Jesus teachings. Yes, He says to apply His teachings! If you do, there is no storm too big to defeat you! But He also reminds us that if we just read His words or His teachings, but we do not apply them, we will crash and burn! Indeed, He tells us to become a part of God’s Word, and allow it to become a part of us. We will then allow the Word of God, via Jesus,’ teachings to give us the power to walk on stepping stones to victorious Christ Centered living.
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Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today (R.E.S.T.) occurs as we intentionally surrender to God daily, which allows God’s powerful grace to accomplish God’s will and work God’s way.
🤔 HOW 🤔
We Get Up!
We Give Up ! Romans 12: 1-2
We Put Off! “The Deeds of Darkness” Romans 13:11-14
We Put On! “The Armor of Light,” which God considers being “Clothed in Christ.” Romans 13:14
We Dress Up or Get Dressed. We intentionally do so by practicing the Spiritual Practice of Ephesians 6:10-20.
What Does This Accomplish?
1. Makes us strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
2. Gives us grace to overcome Satan’s trickery or his lies and deception. Ephesians 6:11
3. Focuses us on our real enemies and not jut mere humanity. Ephesians 6:12
4. Gives us the Supernatural Strength to stand no matter what happens and no matter what is thrown at us. Ephesians 6:13
5. Focuses us on walking in The Truth: Ephesians 6:14a; John 8:31-36; John 14:6; Galatians 5:1
6. Empowers us to walk in right way living … to be righteous, as well as reminds us how holy living is important to God and us. Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 6:14b; Romans 3:20-25.
7. Empowers us to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Ephesians 6:15; John 14:27; Isaiah 52:7
8. Unleashes Faith which empowers us to deflect all the firey lies and deception the evil one targets us with. Ephesians 6:16
9. Unleashes The Gift of Salvation we have and the power God gives to make us God’s handiwork. Ephesians 6:17a; Ephesians 2: 8-10.
10. Unleashes God’s Two Edged Sword or powerful Word, to impact, transform and guide our lives. Ephesians 6:17b; 2 Timothy 3:15-17 & Hebrews 4:12
God Does What God Does 🙏
Then God gets things done through “We the People” of The Global Church, via all these Spiritual Practices, and means of grace, mentioned above. He does so as we stay alert, pray in The Spirit, with all kinds of prayers, for God’s Holy People, especially we who are His Ambassadors. He makes things happen, when we pray for the people of God to be given the words to share the gospel fearlessly.
OUR CHALLENGE IS CLEAR!
We are to get up each new day: We are to give up ourselves daily to the Lord. We are to put off the works of the flesh. We are to put on The Lord Jesus Christ by dressing up, and armoring up … or put on The Armor of God. Then, as we cooperate with God’s grace – in us – God will do what God only can do. He WILL Power Us Up!
God WILL Get Things Done!
So, as this Spiritual Warfare of these evil days rage, let us be overcomers, and let us win each day. 🙏 Let us automatically let go and let God be in control of our lives. Let us practice God’s Spiritual Practices. Let us live, as the people of God, by the grace of God for the Glory of God. Thanks be to God. Then God will do what God does. And He WILL work out everything according to THE PLAN, and He WILL bring everything into conformity with the purpose of His will. Ephesians 1:11.
I am a man who sincerely believes God still rules the winds and the waves, even in Hurricane Season; therefore, as they start coming our way, I start praying. In the 2004 hurricane season, I did not do so, and we were soaked badly with 4 Hurricanes: They are named Ivan, Charley, Jeanne and Frances. I simply said, “I don’t feel like praying about this.”BIG Mistake! I have learned my lesson! Last year, when we were threatened by a particular hurricane, I produced videos teaching people how to pray during a hurricane. Many people were amazed how God responded, and the hurricane responded, to the way people sincerely prayed. This week, I prayed a few brief prayers regarding Isaias, and it has responded to the very hand of God. I am fairly certain, I am not the only one who prayed; nevertheless, I have gotten a bit of a reputation, given I have been practicing this spiritual practice since the late 1980s, and because of the results; yet, I can assure you, I have very little to do with the outcome. It really is a God thing.
How To Pray Regarding Hurricanes
Here is a question. How may we best pray during hurricane season, especially when one is bearing down on us? Well, a hurricane needs warm water (at least 80 degrees fahrenheit.)
So, pray that a high pressure system will move the hurricane north and out to sea. It will weaken quickly in the cooler water. I have seen this happen a lot.
Pray for upper level disturbances. This weakens the storm.
Pray for dry air to move in. This too weakens the storm.
Pray for high level vertical wind shear. This tends to weaken and break the storm up.
Finally pray for it to hit low populated land masses that are already in the storms track. My preference is no population land masses. Contact with land keeps the water out of the base of the storm, and it really can weaken the storm.
Pray in “Jesus Name.” For it is Jesus, who is Lord of all, and who has been given all authority in Heaven and on the earth.
Finally, remember that God is in control, and He knows the big picture; therefore, I always acknowledge, “Lord I understand you can tell me no. May thy will be done.” So far God answers these prayers in the affirmative.
I challenge you to pray with me this hurricane season. I challenge you to believe that God does indeed rule the wind and the waves. Let’s do our part and trust God to do HIS part: I challenge you to use the prayer guide above. I challenge you to be serious in your praying and pray effectively and fervently. Then, see what God does. You will be glad you did, and so will a whole bunch of other people.
Keep on praying Saints. Work with the Creator to be a Hurricane Chaser.
If any of you have followed my Facebook posts, you will know that I keep sharing about all the miracles Vicki and I have had happen, and still do have happen, in our lives. It occured to me that some may think we have a problem free life. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Each miracle, that I shared with you all, occurs when we might be having a crisis occurring in our lives; otherwise, why would we need a miracle? I don’t know about you, but experiencing a crisis is really NOT a lot of fun.
Blinded By A Rock
For example, when I was blinded by a rock, coming out from my lawn mower, We were told by the Opthamologist, at the Eye Foundation, to be grateful I have one good eye. Take a moment to think about how you would feel if you lost your eyesight, in one of your eyes, and you were told this. Consider the pain felt in that eye continually reminding me. Consider, not being able to see, continually reminding me. It could be a bit nerve racking, if we would let it be; however, rather than get all upset, I listened, and a verse came to mind. It was Romans 8:28. While on the way to the hospital, and as I was in the hospital, I simply kept repeating this verse over and over again. When I asked a group of people to pray for me, it was well past the initial experience of losing my sight. Throughout this time, I was in perfect peace, especially once I could get things into focus (pun intended.)
Remembering What Is Important
Consider all the other miracles I mentioned, and each one could have been a traumatic experience that really could cause some really high powered angst. Admittedly, sometimes the event would even cause some panic. But the fear would go away when I focused on who God is, and as I focused on how faithful God is. We like to say, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” Well, this is actually true! I don’t know of a time when it was not true. So, given God’s faithfulness, when life is out of whack, and it needs to get back on track, crying out to God brings what is important into focus. We do this because God really is in control.
Life Is An Adventure
Yes, we believe in a miracle working God, and we look for God to work things out according to His perfect will. We give our lives, daily, to God. We want our will and God’s will to be one in the same. We follow Him, through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. I call this Proverbs 3:5 & 6 ing it. Daily we trust in the Lord, with all our hearts. We choose to NOT rest on our own mere way of thinking. We acknowledge Him, and He directs our path. This turns life into full blown living! No matter what happens to us spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially and physically, we walk the walk holding on to God’s unchanging, and extremely dependable, hands. The result is life turns out to be an adventure. As a matter of fact “Life Is An Adventure” has been our motto for decades.
Since stuff happens to good people, and since life is an adventure, it is a key principle to know that it is not so important what happens to you and me. What is really important is what we do with what happens to us. We have learned that nothing is out of God’s control. We believe, with the Apostle Paul, that God works out everything according to THE plan, and He brings everything into conformity with THE purpose of His will. (Ephesians 1:11.) We have learned it is not about God having a wonderful plan for our lives, but it is more important that we keep on plugging into THE plan of God, and then our plan will become exactly what it needs to be for the good of the Kingdom of God. We experience all kinds of joys, and we experience, sorrows and other challenges. These are challenges that we cannot face without our Lord leading the way; meanwhile, we find miracles in the midst of walking in accordance with THE plan of God, as we hold tightly to God’s hands, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your challenge is to live a really big life no matter what: Why? Because trying to live according to our mere human perceptions really can make the journey far more difficult, and I would add, it may make the journey far less interesting … or small. It makes us self centered rather than God centered. It leaves us thinking about our plan rather than THE plan. As Jesus tells us, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and everything else will be added.” This seeking the Kingdom first guidance really makes life special. It makes life out to be and adventure. And life REALLY is an ADVENTURE; additionally, a big life – a God controlled life – is a life of miracles.