Impacting Life’s Disasters #2 – Getting the most out of your storms

IMPACTING LIFE’S DISASTERS
Getting the most out of your storms –

Pastor George Lehman

 I want us to talk about: –

Getting the most out of the difficulties, sorrows, hurts, pains, disasters that we will face in this life. Summed up in one word “STORMS”

So that we can come out victoriously even when you have been knocked down many times.

2 Corinthians 6:4,6-7,10(NLT & NCV): “In everything we do, we try to *show that we are true servants of God.  We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.  We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness…  We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything… 10We have much sadness but we are always rejoicing”.

*Not by our effort but by the Holy Spirit Power.

This is Paul’s personal testimony, which God has given to us so we can draw strength and victory from.

He says :- “With all these ‘storms’ – hey!! We are still standing”.

We talking about “Getting the most out of our storms”.

#1 Last week we spoke about “You’ve got what it takes” –

 

I want to share the following 3 thing you can count on:

1 – Count on storms to come.

2 – Count on strength for the storm.

3 – Count on joy in the storm.

2 Corinthians 6:4 :- “We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (all kinds)”.

Do you know storms come to make us – not to break us?

#1. Count on storms to come.

There are 3 kinds of storms we encounter.

a) Storms caused by everyday life.

Troubles = pressures of this life

Do you experience any of these pressure Storms?

Pressures of money – financial problems, family problems, marriage problems, peer pressure, job pressure, health problems.

These are common to all of us, some more, some less than others, but they are a part of our everyday life.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 :- “So, don’t worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own, sufficient for each day is its own trouble”.

Don’t ask why – ask how I can get the most out of my storms.

b) Storms caused by the actions of others.

“Hardships” and distress brought on by others.

Bible examples: David/Saul – Joseph/Brothers.

I’m sure we can all tell stories how others caused hurts, offences, troubles, heartache and pain for our lives.

We all experience the actions of others at one time or another in our lives.

There are many hurting people that don’t go to church – because of people.

“It’s our choice to get the most out of our storm”.

c) Storms caused by our own mistakes.

“Storms” – The one with our own signature on it – our own name written all over it.

How many of you have brought storms on yourself by intentional or unintentional stupid mistakes or decisions?

It’s so easy to blame others and not take ownership for many of the stupid calls we have made in our life.

Anonymous :- “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them”

For the most, we expect so much from ourselves – but – we say and do things that bring misery and pain and storms, and even disaster into our lives.

Paul called them “calamities”.

#1. Count on storms to come.

#2. Count on strength for the storm.

2 Corinthians 6:7 :- “We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything”.

What is Right Living? – It is our response to the storms of life.

When we live it out right – we come out right.

The opposite is also true –

When we live it out wrong – we come out bitter and all twisted.

In other words, life can hurt you or help you.

Life can make you a better or a bitter person.

2 Corinthians 6:6 :- “We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience and kindness”.

a) God will strengthen our purity.

How do we purify Gold? – Turn up the heat.

b) God will sharpen our understanding.

What understanding is he talking about?

Our greatest truths are learned in our greatest storms.

 c) God will stretch our patience.

Patience is always learned by repetition (herhaling) – the same things

over and over and over.

That is why God lets the storms blow into our lives because He is more

interested in character than our comfort.

d) God will shape our kindness.

Let us be honest, the hardest time to be kind is in times of crises and storms.

When things go wrong we become so self focused on our problem, our hurts, our pain, our storms…

We can have all the excuses in the world – about pressure – but when we treat people in an unchristian, unkind way, it just shows God will have to keep the storm going so you can change your attitude.

Crises bring out the ugliness or the loveliness in you.

#1. Count on storms to come.

#2. Count on strength for the storm.

– Count on joy in the storm.

2 Corinthians 6:10 :- “We have much sadness but we are always rejoicing”.

James 1:2 :- “Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds”.

How can God say that?

Because –

Joy is a matter of choice – It is an act of your will

Joy is a matter of obedience

Philippians 4:4 :- “Rejoice in the Lord always”.

It has nothing to do with how you feel – over 80 times we are instructed to be joyful in God’s Word.

Joy is matter of focus -Think about this –

What you are focusing on is the direction you are going right now.

e.g. White piece of paper with a small black dot.

You see, it is all about focus.

Focus on getting the most out of your storm.

Job 40:6 (NCV) :- “Then the Lord spoke to Job from the storm”

Ask God to speak to you in your storm and be ready to respond.