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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 26, 2011 - Another Storm!

By Doug Clay

When the weatherman calls for a possible storm, you need to take him seriously. But have you ever considered that one of the ways God blesses us is by taking us through a life storm?

Wayne Cordeiro says, “Because of God’s love, He will go to extremes to get your attention. God’s love is not a Hollywood-type romance, nor is it always soft and poetic. Because of God’s love for Jonah, He sent a storm. His program of blessings doesn’t always come wrapped in soft velvet. It may be delivered to you via hurricane force.

“In God’s arsenal of attention grabbers, you’ll find everything from irritating people to crowing roosters. He also stocks highway maniacs and nagging family members. But one of God’s favorite tools to arrest our attention is a storm. It’s a strange way to deliver a blessing, but it works. And later on, you’ll come to appreciate God’s love if you understand God’s methods.”

OK, so the next time a storm whips through your life, remember how these literal storms from Scripture illustrate truths about our life storms ...

STORMS CAN CORRECT US. Sometimes storms crop up when we are heading in the wrong direction. Remember Jonah? He was headed in the wrong direction, and God intervened to correct his course by sending a storm.

STORMS CAN PERFECT US. Sometimes storms blow into our lives for the purpose of perfecting us. Remember Peter? Initially he had faith to get out of the boat, but during the walk he lost focus.

STORMS CAN DIRECT US. Sometimes storms emerge because God wants to accomplish something we don’t know about. Remember Paul? Being shipwrecked on the Island of Malta was not on his radar, but I bet if you asked the people who Paul prayed for and were healed if they were glad he was there, they would say, “Oh yes!”

I know it seems like a strange way to be blessed, but God knows what He’s doing when He allows us to go through a storm.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4, NIV).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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