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Luke 6:47-48 “I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house that digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.”

The Mississippi River will crest in Memphis on January 8th. The city is making preparations to ensure that the people living close to the river are safe. There are some homes on Mud Island that are close but safe because they were built to survive the flood.

We have to anticipate that at some point this year we will be overwhelmed by some kind of storm. The good news is that we have time to make sure that our lives are storm proof. The good news for Memphis is that we learned a lot from our last flood. Did you learn any life lessons from your last storm?

Jesus was teaching his disciples how to prepare for their storms.

  1. He who hears my word. It’s important for believers to put themselves in a position where they can hear the word of God on a daily and weekly basis. Daily we need to read God’s word in our own one-on-one time with God. Weekly we need the word explained to us by God’s representative, your pastor. Romans 10:14 They call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
  2. Put the word of God you hear into practice. I asked someone to make me a workout plan. They sent me an extensive plan. I got excited! But it will not work unless I do it. It’s the same with God’s word. You can get excited when the pastor preaches but if you don’t do it, it won’t work.
  3. When you hear the word and put it into practice you will lay a storm proof foundation in your life. It won’t stop a storm from happening but it will ensure that your spiritual house will withstand any storm.

Dear God,

Get me ready for this flood. The rivers are going to crest but I have enough time to get my life in order. I don’t have to be caught unaware this year. Prepare me spiritually, financially, emotionally, relationally, and physically. For the next 90 days get me on a plan that will ensure that I am storm proof.

 

Though the storms keep on raging in my life, and sometimes it’s hard to tell my night from day.

Still that hope that lies within is reassured as I keep my eyes upon the distant shore;

I know He’ll lead me safely to that blessed place He has prepared

But if the storms don’t cease, and if the wind keeps on blowing, my soul has been anchored in the Lord.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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