Summary: First I want to talk about the flesh and how we prepare for a great storm. There are a lot of different ways to prepare. Most have seen some type of storm that we needed to prepare for. When people are preparing they start out with a list. So let us make
PREPARING FOR THE STORMS OF SIN, SATAN, AND SELF!
First I want to talk about the flesh and how we prepare for a great storm. There are a lot of different ways to prepare. Most have seen some type of storm that we needed to prepare for. When people are preparing they start out with a list. So let us make a list to prepare for a storm.
(1) Pack up some supplies. Water, food, blankets, flashlight, bathroom necessities, maybe some books, a battery powered radio, maybe some activities a communication device a some kind.
(2) Then we need some where to put those things. A shelter, maybe an under ground bunker, a cellar, a safe house.
(3) Then we may need to do a few practice drills.
In much the same way we need to prepare for the storm of sin, Satan, and self.
Let’s take a look at God’s word to see how we can prepare. We care be prepared for those hard time when the money is tight. We can be prepared for those trials that come against us and make us doubt our salvation. We can be prepared for those stumbling blocks that the devil throws in front of us. We can be prepared for that season when a loved one has died. You say well how preacher? How can I possible be prepared for all those things? Well let me show you. First turn to John chapter 3.
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
You must be born of the spirit unto Christ your sins forgiven. That is the beginning of how we prepare without salvation we can never be prepared. Then we need to talk with the master and get a list of things we will need. Well preacher how do I do that? Well you pray. Oh’ here it comes again pray, pray, and pray yes you need to pray.
I want to give you some insight to that. I have read a lot of different prayer out lines I like this one a lot.
Principle #1 We are instructed to approach Him with tenderness.
We are approaching the very Father of all creation.
Principle #2 We are instructed to approach Him with reverence.
"Hallowed be Your name" God is sanctified, we must approach him sanctified.
Principle #3 We are instructed to approach Him with respect.
"Your kingdom come"
Principle #4 We are instructed to approach Him with devotion.
"Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven"
Principle #5 We are instructed to approach Him with humbleness.
"Give us today our daily bread"
Principle #6 We are instructed to approach Him with thankfulness.
Principle #7 We are instructed to approach Him with forgiveness.
"Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors"
Principle #8 We are instructed to approach Him with an Awareness.
"Lead us not into temptation"
Principle #9 We are instructed to approach Him with helplessness.
"Deliver us from the evil one"
Principle #10 We are instructed to approach Him with genuineness.
"Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever"
Prayer is how you get your instructions.
You need to pray for God to help you prepare for the storms of your future.
Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Luke 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?