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Rise Above The Storm

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it high above the storm.

While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring high above it, gliding with ease.

The eagle does not escape the storm, it just simply uses the storm to lift it higher.

It rises on the winds that bring the storm into its world.

When the storms of life come upon us, and all of us will experience them, we can rise above them by setting our minds and faith toward God!

The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that brings sickness, pain, tragedy, failure and disappointments in our lives, and make something good come from it.

We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life which weigh us down, but it is how we handle them that counts.

“But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

Two Reasons Why God Tests Us

by: Daniel N. Brown

We all know that athletes need endurance training for physical stamina
and mental toughness. When game time arrives, he or she will be ready
to do battle and will have a greater chance at victory. If the athlete
does not go through the necessary preparedness, he or she may not even
be allowed into the game.

It’s the same in our walk with God. We really shouldn’t expect that we
can just ask God for some great position in life with out any
preparation. It’s the tests and trials that He allows us to go through
that are what prepare us for the greater things He has in store in the
future.

There are two reasons why God tests us. The first reason is:

1. To Produce Patience
James 1:2-3 tells us, "Count it all joy when you fall into various
trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
There is a huge misunderstanding of what the word "patience" actually
means. Most people will say that it means to "wait." But, that’s not
true. If you look up the word "patient" in Webster’s Dictionary it
actually means to bear trials without complaining.

God doesn’t want to hear someone complain anymore than you want to
hear someone complain. Not only that, but complaining only reinforces
your situation. Whatever you talk about and focus on becomes magnified.

God uses tests and trials to bring patience into our lives because He
wants us to develop a good attitude. A good attitude then, will make
us the kind of person God can use. We will become perfect and
complete, lacking nothing.

The second reason God tests us is:

2. To Make You Perfect, Complete, and Lacking Nothing
James 1:4 says, "Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

God sometimes allows storms into our lives to test us so that He may
accomplish a purpose in us. And, that purpose is to prepare us for
greater things (Psalm 107).

If you’re facing some challenges in your life today, just ask God to
hold you up, strengthen you, and help you learn what He is trying to
teach you.

Keep in mind that not all storms in your life are from God. Many
times, you can create your own storms by making poor decisions. The
best thing to do in these cases is to ask God to help you learn from
your mistakes.

God can use your own storms to teach you things and use them to bring
you increase. Always remember Romans 8:28, "All things work together
for good to them who love the Lord and are called according to His
purpose."

Be encouraged if things are not what you think they should be. God has
a wonderful plan for your life and He may just be working on the
inside of you right now. Maybe you’re just learning patience. If
you’ve already learned patience, maybe patience is having it’s perfect
work, making you perfect and complete, to where you will lack nothing.