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Calm in the Storm

Calm in the Storm
Jun 15 Tags: peace | No Responses Print Save as PDF

Do you ever feel like you’re out at sea? The waves wash over the boat and as it rocks back and forth, a bad feeling grows in the pit of your stomach. The expectancy of hardship to come creates fear, and fear is the enemy of peace.

God’s strength is perfect

This fear is not to be confused with a topic like the fear of the Lord, which is more a sign of respect, but true fear – the kind that causes chills to run down your spine and your hairs stand up on end. It’s in these moments where it almost seems like everything else has vanished, nothing exists outside of the glass box that contains you and whatever you are now faced with.

Truly it’s in these moments that we need God the most, and yet we attempt to cut off all ties and face things alone. We are weak vessels, but God’s strength is perfected in our weakness. There is nothing we can do on our own. We need Gods help to realize all the times we have failed and that we continue to essentially put off the very reason we have life to begin with. God.

Nothing is too big for God

Oftentimes we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed – it may not be with fear, and other times it may be all fear – but NOTHING, that’s right, NOTHING could possibly too big for God to handle. Not only can we find peace in the thick of it all, but even in the times of rest.

We can find peace in God, knowing all the things He does for us daily and consistently to allow us to live our lives, and all He asks is for us to be a representation of Him.

Love will come to save us
If we’ll only call
He will ask nothing from us
But demands we give our all.

So next time the storm comes, will you call upon the Lord? He is love, He is peace, and He is faithful. Why don’t we just give up on ourselves, our weak bodies and sinful hearts, and rely on God? He already holds the universe in His hands, why not let Him control it instead of trying to fight Him on it?

 

Why Don’t I Feel Good Enough?

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬

Before I delved into writing this article, I needed to remind myself of some things with this verse. A true struggle that I can safely say that the majority of Christians have struggled with (myself included) is this idea that we are somehow not good enough for God.

Well to be quite frank, we’re not. That’s the long and the short of it, to be blunt. So now that we have that established, let’s look into some of the lies that we (I) believe concerning this topic.

“I’m not good enough”

This is flat out a useless argument as to why people avoid the Lord’s work. Let me tell you straight up, no one is good enough to do it. We are MADE good enough through the blood of Jesus. Was David worthy of his titles and deeds without God behind him?

Would Moses have been able to free the Israelites from Egypt without God’s power? No, none of the great things that any man has ever done has been accomplished without God. So the next time you think you’re not good enough, just remind yourself that KING DAVID, the one in the genealogy of JESUS wasn’t really good enough either.

“God should use another person”

Well that may be your opinion, and as you may see that person as a good fit for whatever task may be at hand and although they may be one, it was God who called you. If He wanted to use another then that is who He would have called. Don’t be afraid to follow His call, you’ll be amazed at the things God can (and will) use you for if you simply follow Him.

“I need someone else with me”

Speaking from personal experience, one thing I struggle with about thinking I’m not good enough, not just for God’s work, but in life as a whole –  is loneliness. It inexplicably and unexpectedly creeps into my mind and my heart, and before long, I find myself on the same dangerous path I was years ago. Falling into the same old habits.

The beautiful thing about this is that God uses me anyways. God can take the worst of the worst of the worst of the worst and use it for His Glory. That’s why I come back to Him time and again, because I may feel like I’m not worth it when I look at myself, but God doesn’t see me. He sees His Son, and in Him I am made perfect.

We are His workmanship

Do you think He makes mistakes? He created the universe in 6 days. If that’s not proof enough He doesn’t make mistakes, then I don’t know what is. I’m a masterpiece! I may need to be fixed every now and then, and it may not seem like that to everyone. But to God, I am perfect, and that’s more than enough for me.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect any other author or an official position of the assemblyHUB team.

Nathan Cirone

Nathan lives in Ontario and has been in fellowship in the assemblies since he was a young teenager and is now committed to Thorold South Gospel Chapel. He was saved as a young boy and grew up going to a Boys Christian Leadership Camp (JIM Club) where he learned many different skills to present the gospel and teach people about the Bible. He also enjoys music and regularly plays worship songs both at church and camp. He has a passion for serving God in his local assembly as well as in many different camp works and in missions.

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