Carol

In the Eye of the Storm

Hello Friends,

We are continuing our blog post series entitled “In the Eye of the Storm”. If you remember from our previous post, Charlotte had mentioned the three types of personalities that were aboard the ship in the storm with the Apostle Paul. The three personalities were the roper, thrower, and no hoper.

Today we will be discussing about the the “thrower“.

In Acts 27:18-20, in order to prevent the ship from sinking, the crew threw the cargo overboard. The next day they threw the ship’s equipment away and any other things they could think of, that wasn’t necessary for their survival.

“We can disregard things in the panic!” Charlotte Gambill

She points out that the enemy will try to give us suggestions of things or people to throw away during our moment of weakness.

  • Relationships
  • Commitments
  • Confidence
  • Faith

As I was pondering and reflecting on these particular scripture verses, I was led to the Book of Exodus. Before Moses went up to the mountain where God resided, the people exclaimed, “We will do everything the Lord has told us to do.”

Moses stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Moses was getting ready to bring down the Ten Commandments, and God commanded him to quickly go down the mountain because the Israelites were worshiping an idol. The people had lost faith in Moses and in God. They didn’t know what happened to Moses. They panicked and were in fear.

And Arron took the gold, melted it down, and molded and tooled it into the shape of a calf.

The people threw away not a “thing”, but their faith (belief, obedience, and trust) in God!

Have you ever been in a situation that troubled you so much, that you didn’t turned to God and pray? Do you react or respond to difficulties in your life? If you react, you may not be listening to your Spirit. When you respond, you think things out rationally and in a calm manner.

Offense is the tool the enemy will use often to cause chaos, hate, indifference, and division between people. Has a church member or employee ever offended you? Has your spouse or sibling ever offended you?

Do you agree, that your faith might have been shaken? Did you ever make a foolish decision or decisions in the mist of your worry and panic or grief?

Prayer

Father God help us to have humble hearts and always seek you first when trouble storms come in our lives. Give us your strength to carry on. Give us ears to hear, discernment to understand, and wisdom to know and apply your will. May we walk in the Light and not listen to the lies of Satan or fall into any of his devious traps. In Jesus name Amen.

In the Eye of the Storm

 

 

 

Storms can be very unpredictable.

Thunderstorms can be quick and the clouds will pass by and move on to another location. Other storms like a hurricane that is accompanied with high winds and heavy rain can last for days. Weather conditions can change rapidly and sometimes shore residents have a little time to prepare or evacuate.

In March of this year, I attended a powerful woman’s conference sponsored by my local Assembly of God Church entitled “Uncommon”. This simulcast was led by Debbie Morris of Pink Impact. Debbie is the leader of Pink Impact, as well as she is the executive pastor of women at Gateway Church.

Charlotte Gambill, The lead pastor of Life Church in the United Kingdom, presented an in-depth mini sermon about the storms in our lives. She referenced The Book of Acts chapter 27.

 ” Life is full of storms and we need to learn how to navigate them.”  Charlotte Gambill

She points out that in the beginning of Acts 27, many things began to unfold and various attitudes and behaviors were demonstrated.

The Apostle Paul and other prisoners were now in route to Rome, Italy on a second ship. Unfortunately, because of the rough winds they had lost a great deal of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for long voyages, because it was now late in the fall. The Apostle Paul warned the officer in charge that they would soon encounter trouble ; they would be shipwreck, lose cargo and endanger peoples lives. (Acts 27:10) The officer did not heed Paul’s warning, he listen to the ship’s captain and owner.

Shortly after they started to sail, the weather changed abruptly and a wind of a typhoon strength( a Northeaster) caught the ship and blew it out to sea. (Acts 27:14) Several times in the Bible God would send the prophets, and even today he sends messengers to warn us of eminent danger. That is why is it so important to be led by our spirit which brings wisdom, and not by our flesh which can cause us to think foolishly.

What about your own life?

Did God warn you not to do something?

Did he warn you not to go to a certain place?

Did he warn you not to associate with a certain person or group?

Charlotte, points out the three types of personalities that are demonstrated during the storm. The first personality is the “roper”, the second is the “thrower”, and the final personality is the “no hoper”.

Today I like to just discuss about the “roper” or control freak.

The sailors placed ropes under the ship to strengthen it. (Acts 27:17)

Charlotte pointed out that the roper doesn’t pray and doesn’t have faith. The roper simply delegates and has many rope burns. Women can rope their marriage, rope their child or children and even rope their relationship with God.

Genesis 15 & 16: God’s Promise to Abram & Sarai’s Doubt

God had promised Abram a son, but after a period of two years, Sarai became impatient. Sarai, was a “roper”; she took matters into her own hands, and told Abraham to lye with her maid servant, Hagar.

Hagar had a son and she named him Ishmael. Then fourteen years later Sarah had a son, Isaac, and God’s promise was fulfilled.

I’m sure many of us at one time or another, have been a “roper”. We try to control a person or a situation. How does this make us feel? Do we “really” feel in control and have a sense of accomplishment?

                                      Or

Do we become frustrated, weary, and have many “rope burns”?

Charlotte encourages us to trade our “rope” for trust. She further tells us that we can experience peace from Jesus.

This concludes our first segment of our message “In the Eye of the Storm”

Blessings,

Carol

 

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Drawing Close to my Lord.

I trust the Lord to lead the way.

I seek his guidance every day.

I feel safe when he draws near to me.

My soul’s alive, my spirit runs free.

Long to see his radiant face.

Spending time in the secret place.

Learning to trust and give him control.

It’s where I can share and bear my soul.

@Carol Strang 06/14/16

Our Weakness and Limitations

Hello Friends,

I apologize I couldn’t post this blog sooner. I’m thankful, though, I was able to post this blog in the month of May.

I wanted to share an event that happened to me in March of this year. I was sitting in my car and I noticed a pretty little red lady bug was resting on my steering wheel.

The lady bug only stayed there for a minute; she opened her tiny wings and began to fly. I watched her intently as she flew around to different areas of my car interior. I thought to myself…

It didn’t matter how hard the lady bug flapped its little wings, it still was trapped! It still was limited where it could go.

Have you yourself ever been in a situation where you felt inadequate limited or trapped? I’m sure many of us have felt this way at least once in our lives. Some of us might have felt that we weren’t smart enough, talented enough, or strong enough to handle a certain task or project. I hear negative remarks like this from some of the students I work with in our elementary school. I even have heard this phrase many times, ” I can’t do this!” “This is too hard.” “I’m not smart.”

Where you ever in a serious situation that you didn’t see any way out?

It saddens me when children criticize themselves this way. We as adults should encourage our children. And yet, haven’t we, also had these very same thoughts. We might not have said them out aloud, but we still marinated in them.

Did you know that some of the men of the Bible also expressed their thoughts of inadequacies? Some women felt trapped, and thought their lives were over!

In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 4, God commanded Moses to free the Israelite slaves from the Egyptians. Before Moses accept his assignment, he asked God many questions. Moses wasn’t comfortable and in fact he was operating in a spirit of fear and doubt.

Finally, after God answered all of his questions and addressed his concerns, Moses still wasn’t ready. “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

God replied, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Moses replied, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

God saw that Moses was still apprehensive, so he suggested that Aaron his brother could be his mouthpiece. Moses and Aaron began their journey en route to Egypt.

In the book of Judges, Chapter 6, the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

The Lord instructed him to fight the Midianites. ” Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of the Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’

“Pardon me, my lord,”…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

“I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” Gideon didn’t see himself as a “mighty warrior.”

In the Book of Kings, Chapter 4, there was a widow who was in a great deal of debt. She was so broke that one of his creditors had told her that he will have to take her two sons away and make them slaves. The prophet Elisha replied, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

The widow replied, “Your servant has “nothing” there at all, except a small jar of olive oil.”

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

The widow followed Elisha’s instructions exactly. She filled every jar, and then the oil stopped flowing. The widow left her home and told the prophet that she filled all the jars.

“Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

In Mark 6 , after Jesus learned that John the Baptist was killed, he withdrew by boat to a quiet place. The crowds followed him by foot. Jesus finally came up the shore and ministered to the people. It was getting dusk, and the disciples suggested to Jesus to, “Send people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples could not figure out how they could feed so many people. They told Jesus they would have to spend, “more than half a year’s wages”.

“How many loaves do you have?”

The disciples told Jesus they had only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus looked up to heaven and gave thanks and broke the loaves. The disciples distributed the food to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. There were twelve baskets left over.

These are just a few of the stories in the Bible where people felt inadequate, limited, or trapped. God told Moses and Gideon he would go with them. Elisha was a prophet that heard from God and he knew God was able to multiply the amount of oil. The disciples were with Jesus when he blessed the bread and fish.

In conclusion, yes we are human, and imperfect. However, remember God is always with us. We can accomplish great things or be delivered from impossible situations by his sovereign hand. Never lose hope, always trusts, always believe. Greater is he who is in us, then he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

God bless.


Good and Evil part 2

In my last post I talked about the Fall of Man, the bad news for all mankind. Adam and Eve committed the first sin. This sin changed the world and creation.

Man was now separated from God. Adam and Eve had “died spiritually”, and because of their sin they would also eventually die. Where are they now? I’m not really sure. I don’t know if it really explains in the Bible where they would spend eternity.

Men and women were separated from God for a very long time. In the Book of Exodus, chapter 25, Moses, was instructed by I Am to build the tent of meeting or the Tabernacle. God gave him specific instructions. The Tabernacle was a brilliant design. There was a specific purpose for the design and all the articles that were placed in it. The people were allowed to gather in the outer court. God had designated various offerings that the people could bring at certain times.

In the inner court, behind the Holy Place, was the Holy of hollies. In this place there stood the ark of the covenant covered by the wings of the cherubim. This was where the Glory of the Lord would dwell. The only person that was permitted to enter into this place, was the high priest.

One day each year the high priest would walk into the Holy of hollies an offer a sacrifice for all the people in the camp. This sacrifice was called the Atonement, and was designed to forgive the people for their sins. This was the offering that was a temporary sacrifice for God’s people. The Tabernacle, and later the Temple, was only shadow of the coming of Christ.

In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, Jesus is referred as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Why was Jesus born? Jesus was God’s only son. He left heaven to come to earth. This was God the Father’s plan for man’s redemption. Jesus paid the price for our sins. When he was crucified on the cross, he let out the following words, “It is finished.” God’s plan was accomplished. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. Man would not have to offer any more animal sacrifices.

Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 14:6

Jesus is the Redeemer. Jesus is the Good News! God’s plan was to reconcile mankind and offer eternal life and the assurance that he would live with him in heaven. There was one condition, though. Each man must come to Jesus on their own. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son , that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Do you know Jesus? Have you asked for forgiveness? Have you surrendered your life to him? Are you committed to follow him?

If you haven’t made that decision, Jesus extends the invitation to you now.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20

If you are ready, simply say a prayer.

A. Admit you are a sinner

B. Tell Jesus you believe he is your Savior. Thank him for dying on the cross for you.

C. Make a sincere commitment to give your life to him. Tell Jesus you want to follow him.

Rejoice! I”m so happy for you. Welcome into the Kingdom of God. You are a new creation. Your sins are washed away. You are made clean. This is a day to celebrate.

I encourage you to purchase a Bible, and find a good church that preaches the gospel. I pray you will be able to associate with other committed followers of Jesus.

Blessings.

Carol