Survival Secret #1: The Father Wants to Rescue You!
Part 1 of 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm
By: Elizabeth L. Creecy
"He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm"
Have you ever found yourself in a difficult season? Maybe it was with someone you love? Perhaps it was your career? Or perhaps you just felt the world was against you!
Whatever the situation was, did you feel overwhelmed and full of anxiety, stress, worry, or fear? Or worse, did you feel hopeless and contemplated giving up?
Maybe you saw the storm slowly come upon you. Or perhaps you all of a sudden woke up in the middle of it. Whatever your situation was, were you also frustrated, confused, and annoyed at how this could happen? Were you wondering where God was?
I get it. I have been there too. It’s easy to focus on the problem. However, God doesn’t want us to focus on the negativity in the problem or even the problem itself; but on the opportunity for God to be glorified.
I am very comforted when I read in the Bible how trials, problems, and hardships are great opportunities. I know, I know, I know what you are thinking. ….But I don’t want any problems; I want to live a simple life. Amen, I get it, but unfortunately, we live in a fallen world. Plus, without trials, what would grow your character? Your faith? Your endurance?
Check out what the Bible says about trials:
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while
(1 Peter 1:6).
No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who have been trained by it
For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil
(1 Peter 3:17).
Wow, look at all that hope! 🤩 God is saying this storm that seems too much for you is only temporary. It will end. One of the biggest lies most humans believe or start doing is that they see the issue carnally instead of spiritually. I know I fall into this. I go by only what I can see, but that is not faith! For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). It’s like what 1 Peter 3:17 says, you might be suffering for doing what is right, but the world won’t like that. Let that sink in for a second!
It’s so easy to forget this truth: Satan is the king of this world (2 Cor. 4:4)! If God didn’t allow us to go through these trials, I think we would be more inclined to appease and feed our selfish desires. We would fall back into the ways of the world instead of renewing our minds to the Word of God. Part of surviving the storm is having a godly or Jesus-like mindset. I’m not sure about you, but trials help me grow closer to God. My problems help me to remember how blessed I am. Yes, it’s easier said than done. I haven’t arrived, but each trial is becoming easier and easier, especially when I ask God to do what He wants with it.
Well, if this is resonating, keep reading! I will discuss the top six things you can do to successfully navigate the storm over the next few weeks. You must understand that you cannot survive if you don’t entirely give it to Jesus. Jesus is the answer. He is the way! Follow Him.
Get ready to learn how to successfully survive the storm over the next 5 weeks. Let’s start with SURVIVAL SECRET #1: THE FATHER WANTS TO RESCUE YOU!
First off, difficult seasons can be trying for anyone, but we have a Father that loves us. He gave Jesus for you. That is saying something huge. Imagine giving your child up for humanity.
It can be pretty simple to forget that truth – or worse – feel absent from God. Please remember, the Father sees you as worth saving. The Father wants to go out of His way to keep you. You are the apple of His eye. You are engraved on the palms of God’s hands (Isaiah 49:16).
God loves you so much that He is going to look for you. Jesus talks about this truth in Luke 15.
3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away (Luke 15:3-7 NLT)!
Jesus explained how the Father would instead leave 99 sheep to search for you if that means you are safe. We both know you are the safest with Jesus. God is willing to leave the sheepfold because He knows the sheepfold are safe, whereas when you leave the sheepfold, you are in danger. God does NOT want you in danger ever. That is why He sent Jesus – to save us. Why would He leave the 99 for you? Because that is how important you are to Him. You are HIGH VALUE to the Father. That’s something you can remember to tell the enemy off too! Can you say? 🥳 WINNING WITH JESUS?!?!🥰. 🎉
God loves each one of His sheep so very much that He is always willing to seek out each one of us when we get lost. When He finds you, He will rejoice! With this parable, the big picture lesson is that there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. Joy happens when just ONE sinner repents! WOW!
When you get swept in the storm, and Jesus needs to come and rescue you, there is probably something you need to repent. It’s okay. Do it and move on.
Jesus understands how important it is to diligently search for the lost one. Not only does scripture say this, but I have experienced it myself. When storms come, and I allow myself to be washed away by them, Jesus has ALWAYS come searching after me. My experience with being storm chum🦈 has also taught me that there was usually some lie I bought or something I needed to repent. The cool part is the Holy Spirit always gently but with authority shows me where I was wrong and acted with evil. When God and I reconnect, He embraces me and reminds me of the truth – that He loves me and is for me! He then reminds me I can trust Him. You know what, if I am honest with myself, Jesus has always come through! 🙏🏼
If you are a bit like me, sometimes you are too consumed by your carnal sight to remember God’s truths. That’s okay. Recognize, Repent, Recalibrate and Receive God’s forgiveness. I have learned that sometimes the Unloving Spirit will try to trip me up again. I have to stay alert and sober, just like 1 Peter 5:8 says.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
One of the devil’s most excellent tactics is to pervert the truth. Perhaps an Unloving Spirit is trying to convince you, you are worthless. Maybe that Spirit is trying to tell you how crappy you are, and you will never amount to anything. All the Unloving Spirit wants to do is make you believe you aren’t worth loving and that you are absolutely unlovable. The Spirit wants you to consider the lie that God doesn’t care about you and that He would never care about you! Yet, there’s literally an entire Bible that says the complete opposite consistently!
I am here to remind you today that as “real” as those thoughts can feel, don’t buy them. I know, I know, it can be hard to spot that little serpent. The Unloving Spirit is sneaky. It didn’t matter when the Spirit came in; it just matters that you stop buying those lies and stand up to it in Jesus’ name.
Next time you notice that Unloving Spirit trying to gain control, you stand up to that Spirit and remind them who is boss! Remind the Spirit that you are so important to God 💕 that God gave Jesus for your life. Remind that Spirit that even if you are lost, you can trust that Jesus is coming after you! You tell that Spirit you are made righteous through Christ Jesus. You have to stand up to that Spirit the second you realize it.
Sometimes, life will go so fast that you won’t notice you were even in that storm. That’s okay. Don’t get mad at yourself. Again, that’s what the devil wants. Learn from it! However, once you repent, God has already forgiven you and forgotten about it. You have to have that same attitude. Let it go!
Part of surviving the storms is to remember that you are so important to God and worth rescuing. He wants to save you. IF you need His help, I encourage you to pray. He hears you!
PRAYER: Father God, thank You for loving me so much. Please forgive me on the days I choose not to believe in or see Your love. Help me to remain in Your love and Your truth. Help me rely on You and not be fooled by the devil. Father, give me discernment where I need it and help remind me to focus on You and nothing else. Thank You for saving me and giving me Your mercy. Thank You for forgiving me, and thank You for giving me, Jesus. During every storm, help me to acknowledge You and only You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.