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Your Storm Perfects Your Attitude

Your Storm Perfects Your Attitude
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James 1:2-7
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 

Regardless to who you are, your stage in life, or you level of spiritual maturity, storms will come into your life. Generally speaking, we’re either about to enter a life storm, or we’re in the middle of a life storm, or we’re just leaving a life storm. The storms of life will come. Being a Christian does not exclude us from life storms.

Haruki Murakami –
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”


James is writing to Christians who are experiencing some pretty heavy life storms. They’ve been scattered throughout the country because great persecution has come against the early church. People are losing homes, property, and lives at the hand of those opposed to Christianity.  James writes to these Christians to remind them that they need to keep the right perspective in their midst of their hardship. In so many words he says to them.. “although you’re going through a storm.. Watch your attitude”
Every life storm that God allows is intended to perfect (mature) us in some area of our lives. The intend of allowing us to go through some difficult moments is that God wants us to experience His presence and power in an incredible way. Which means we must maintain the correct attitude during the storm.


Here are some keys to maintaining your attitude during your life storm:


  • Limit the Emotional reactions – Of course we’ll have emotions. We were created to respond emotionally to some degree. Just don’t stay there. Be sure you make a shift from your emotional response to a deliberate biblical perspective. The biblical perspective is that if God has allowed the life storm, then He also has provided the grace to make it through the storm. You can maintain your joy because you know God is still working.

 

  • Rejoice – Wait. Are you saying to us to be HAPPY because of the storm? Not at all. Rejoice mean to be sure that you focus on the outcome of the storm rather than to focus on being in the storm. Most times when we;re dealing with the storms of life doubt and depression may try to overcome us by keeping us in our emotions. You have to know that there is a blessing behind every storm, and that as a result of the life storm you will come out of it a much better person.

 

  • Stand still – Stay grounded in the reality that your storms change but who you are in Christ never changes. Our storms speak to WHERE we are.. not WHO we are or WHOSE we are. God allowing a life storm never reflects on your worth or value. God still love us and nothing can change that. In fact He loves us so much that He never allows us to into any life storm alone.. He always goes with us. You’re not the VICTOM.. you’re the VICTOR!

 

How you go through the storm and your attitude while in the storm all have an impact on who you will be coming out of the storm. Guard your attitude, stay focused, and keep the faith. – Bishop Edd Gross

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