Greetings, my friends! I pray all is well. Each day is a new beginning.
I thank God for the chastising HE gives to me every now and then. He tells me it is time I modify my behavior. My pastor, Rev. Felix G. Williams, III had warned that sometimes a storm comes into our lives to correct our actions. He warned that sometimes our behavior needs to be modified and adjusted, and that is why we end up in a storm of correction. Rev. Williams gave another important warning. He said that one of the reasons we end up in storm of correction is because of the people we hang out with; people we hang on to; people we allow onto our "ships". I know it is really hard to let go of certain people in our lives, but until we realize it is because of them that we get in these storms of correction, we will continue to be whipped by God. Those such people may be our very own family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, hangout buddies, and our teammates.
I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. I take heed to the lessons of my past experiences; I no longer get fool so easily by the "pleasant conditions" because I have a spirit of discernment and I try my hardest to not give way to pessimistic attitudes. In fact, the Spirit that lives within us helps us to move away from such attitudes and behaviors. Friends, discernment only comes by being obedient to the will of God, staying in the Word, and praying regularly and continually.
I am proud to say that in my small circle, I do have folk who can unlock the storm door on my behalf. They know how to pray and they intercede on my behalf. When they do, God hears them. I thank God for those such people who are in my life. The unknown author(s) of the Book of Hebrews, in Chapter 12:1, reminds me that "since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." In verse 2, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." I thank God for carrying the cross for me. As a gratitude to God, I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. I pray you will do the same, that is, if you are tired of being in storms of correction.
Therese from Belize