Summary: Storms are seasonal and storms can be dangerous; however, if you prepare yourself you can survive the storm. Life like the weather sometimes brings storms into our lives.
“8 Keys to Correctly Handling Life’s Storms”
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
OPENING:- Over the past few weeks a great deal of the nation has been under a winter storm alert. Cold temperatures have put a freeze on most of the country record lows that have been around some for more than 100 years have been shattered. I heard one weather man say about a low record of -3° that had stood for over 100 years was shattered Tuesday morning with a low of -15° below and that was not the wind-chill factor.
Storms are seasonal and storms can be dangerous; however, if you prepare yourself you can survive the storm. Life like the weather sometimes brings storms into our lives. I know we all would like for life to be 70° to 75° with sunshine, nice tropical breezes, and gentle ocean waves; however, sometimes we find that a storm has come up in our lives and if you do not correctly handle life’s storms you will find yourself like the victim of Katrina, displaced, shattered, lost, or even dead.
UNDERSTAND:- what you do in the storm is vital to your success through the storm.
TODAY I AM GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT
“8 Keys to Correctly Handling Life’s Storms”
8 is the number of new beginnings, circumcision of the heart for boys are circumcised on the 8th day of life. If you remember and practice these 8 keys of correctly handling life’s storms you will have a new beginning.
Now before I deal with the 8 keys to correctly handling life’s storms I want to mention some of the incorrect ways of handling life’s storms.
Alcohol, drugs, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, wrath, emulations, strife, seditions, murders, suicide and such are all works of the flesh to correctly handle life’s storms you must operate in the spirit. That’s the foundation of which we will build this message.
Mark 6:45-52 “45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened”.
Vs #45:- And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. Notice “he constrained his disciples…” The word constrained means to order, to force, to command. This was a journey that the disciples were sent on not one that just decided to take.
1. The 1st thing to understand about correctly handling life’s storm is that you are on a divine journey. John 15:16 says “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…” It is a journey that is ordered by the Lord. It is a divine call, on a divine journey, for a divine purpose. I am striving for higher education. I’m trying to get something – understand it’s not me but a divine call on a divine journey for a divine purpose. I thought it was just me wanting something, but if it was just me I would have given up a long time ago. The Bible says in Psalms 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”. So many times we think I desire a big house and God will give me that because he said he will give me the desires of my heart. However, when you understand you are on a divine journey for a divine purpose the desires of your heart is what He places in your heart and you strive to achieve that desire.
Vs #46-47:- 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.. WATCH THIS:- the ship was now in the midst of the sea” The disciples are exactly where God wanted them to be because He sent them.