For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.– Romans 8:6
When the storms of life come where do you run for shelter and safety?
Do you slip instantly or slowly into despair?
Do you sink into the mire of your feelings?
Does the light of your faith penetrate the darkness so you can see your way through to the other side?
Or, is the light of your faith all but extinguished as you wallow in self-pity?
It’s in the darkness of the storm that we can see whom we truly serve! Outside of the Spirit of God we can only serve ourselves! Oh sure, that servitude can look pious and humble but self-pity, self-loathing, self-esteem, self-fulfillment are all carnal, worldly acts and ambitions that work to serve only our flesh, and thus, this worlds temporary ruler- that old devil Satan. He’s been defeated and is biding his time- the last place we want to be is on his loosing team!
Beware though that Together our flesh and Satan set up an appealing intricate web of ways and means for us to search for ourselves and endeavor to find our way out of the storms of life but ultimately it all fails and we still haven’t found ourselves!
Why is that?
It’s because we can only find ourselves when we deny ourselves! We can only weather the storms of life humbly and gracefully when we relinquish control to the One who holds the keys of truth and life- the Sovereign King of Kings! When we lay down our ways and walk in The Way storms become sweeter; hard times a lesson in faith; and sorrow a source of growing in grace!
Unlike the devil, God keeps His promises! Remember the flowers blooming after the rain!Remember the rainbow after the storm!Remember even Roses have thorns!
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”