In the Eye of the Storm

I received this small picture frame at a women’s conference . I wrote on this rock after the simulcast with Charlotte Gambill.

This is the final post in our blog series entitled “In the Eye of the Storm”. If you remember from our previous posts, I wrote about the two types of personalities that were aboard the ship in the storm with the Apostle Paul.

Today we will be discussing about the “no hoper”.

The crew, captain, and Apostle Paul were surrounded by darkness, Acts 27:20.

Have you ever been in a situation where everything around you was falling apart? Did you go to a dark place inside of yourself? How did you feel? Did you feel trapped and all alone? Did you think the situation was hopeless?

After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. (Acts 27:21-22)

Charlotte pointed out to us that, some of our eyes maybe looking at the “damaged” ship. What is your “damaged” ship?

Get your eyes off the Storm and onto your Savior! Charlotte Gambill

“Do not be afraid said Paul (Acts 27:24)

I like to stop and reflect on the definition of the eye of the storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area, typically 30–65 kilometres (19–40 mi) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather and highest winds occur. In my opinion, it actually looks like the pupil of an eye. I found this information on the Wikipedia website.

Charlotte pointed out that the eye of the storm is past the noise and chaos.

I Am

is your Peace when your are anxious

is your Father when you are alone.

is your Healer when you are facing illness.

Charlotte pointed out that storms “starve” us. Some of us are so into our storms, that we stop reading our Bible, we don’t want to talk to our Christian friends or even celebrate with them in church.

Paul instructed the men to eat. (Acts27:34) He took some bread, and thanked God in front of all the men. The next day the men tried to save their ship, but couldn’t. The soldiers had wanted to kill the prisoners, but the Centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life! (Acts 27:35-43).

Here are some following thoughts from Charlotte Gambill.

Life is full of storms!

  • Be spiritually in tuned because God may warn you.
  • You have to learn to navigate them.
  • Learn how to speak to your storm
  • You have a voice in the storm
  • The enemy is trying to rob your voice while you are in the storm.

Do not let the winds and waves lie to you. Charlotte Gambill.

 

 

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.