Resist the Enemy, Not the Storm

You can not fight a storm. But you can prepare for a storm and you can survive a storm.
I lived in South Florida for a few years, so I know how to prepare for a storm, especially in hurricane season.

I take stock and be sure I have plenty of water and food to hold me over, I check my batteries incase power goes out, I secure anything outside that could be caught in high winds and cause more damage, I secure my windows, fill my car with gas incase I need to evacuate, have a go bag ready, let family members know where I am, and plan an exit strategy. Then I hunker down and wait the storm out.

I don’t think there is ever an opportune time for a storm, but it is always best to be prepared and keep your calm. No amount of panic or complaining is going to stop the storm. It is a force to be reckoned with.

BUT! At the end of the storm the clouds do go away, the sun does come out, and even if there is some clean-up to do, you survived.

It’s interesting how we are prepared for the natural storms, but not the spiritual storms.

Different areas are known for certain storms, whether it be hurricane, tornado, flood, or fire. You know what to expect for the region you live in.

Likewise, if you are human then you are going to have some storms in your life. Your storm is going to be personal, but not limited to just you; we ALL have storms. Storms come in the form of an illness, death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, a wayward child, loneliness, depression, confusion, fear, anxiety…

Even change can be disconcerting and cause its own type of storm, like a change of life, a new job, a move, new school…

I am going to share something the Lord spoke to me during a personal storm. I was in my favorite chair, reading my Bible and devotional, and then BAM!

“Resist the enemy, not the storm.”

If you have ever been caught in a rip current, then you know the feeling of panic and fear. An inexperienced swimmer tries to swim against the flow of the current, exhausting themselves and increases their chance of drowning. It is a scary thing to be pulled away from shore, but if the swimmer swims at a right angle, across the current, parallel to the shore, they will survive.

Storms in life can feel like you are caught in a rip current; and the current is carrying you away from what is familiar.  You may try to hold on to what (or who) is being pulled away, and you panic, setting your focus on the storm rather than the One who controls the storm. Big mistake! You can no more control a storm than you can catch the wind in your hand. But there is One, and only One, who can control the storm and is never caught off guard. You can be sure no storms come unless He permits it.

“Resist the enemy, not the storm.”

I am thinking about the disciples in the boat with Jesus when a storm broke out. Can you imagine? Waves crashing over the boat, the swells in the sea rising and falling, the sky so dark not a star can be seen, I would be terrified. The disciples were afraid, too. But where was Jesus?

In the Amplified, Matthew tells it this way:

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus was sleeping. And the disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we are going to die!”

He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once} a great and wonderful calm {a perfect peacefulness}.

The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Wow! The disciples were caught in a storm, Jesus was in the boat with them, and Jesus calmed the storm.

“Resist the enemy, not the storm.”

When we are in a storm, we are tempted to doubt God’s promises. We are tempted to think He does not notice the storm and we must take matters into our own hands. Or we get scared and think God has abandoned us. Maybe the storm has caused so much pain you look to other supplies of comfort, or you get angry and open your mouth and start acting… well, you know.

You would do well to remember this:

  • The thoughts you are having; you know the ones, the thoughts that paralyze you with fear and doubt, and go against what the word of God says; they are coming from the enemy of God and your soul. You must take captive your thought and resist the enemy.
    2 Corinthians says “The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete.

The Bible says it this way in James 4:7, “So submit to {the authority of} God. RESIST the devil {stand firm against him} and he will flee from you.

  • God will not leave you alone in the storm. When you are in a storm, this is when He is the closest to you. Do not measure your circumstance by your feelings. Psalm 34:18 encourages us with this promise, “The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in their heart, truly sorry for their sin).
  • Just because you are going through an uncomfortable season, and yes, it is painful, but it does not mean that He loves you less. God is a good Father, and if a storm comes it is because He allowed it. You can believe that He will use the storm for your good and His glory, if you let Him. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know {with great confidence} that God {who is deeply concerned about us} causes all things to work together {as a plan} for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
  • Even Jesus had storms in His life as He walked the earth as man. It would do us well to remember He said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have {perfect} peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous {be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy}; I have overcome the world.” {My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.}

Friend, no matter what storm you are in, you are not alone, He will carry you through. Do not give in, do not give up. Stand! Make the devil pay for messing with you. Do not give in to your emotions. You will feel the emotions, the emotions are not bad, feel them and give them to Jesus. He knows. He understands. Resist the impulse to do what seems natural, and move in the supernatural, and you can only do this by keeping your focus on Jesus and not the storm.

How do I keep my focus on Jesus?’

Consider Psalm 27, written by a man who had fearless trust in God even when the armies were encamped around him. David knew that only God alone could save him. I recommend reading the whole Psalm, but my favorite verse is 8. David must have asked God the same questions we ask Him, and this was His answer, and this was his response…

“When You said, “Seek My face {in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need},” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I will seek {on the authority of Your word}.”

Do not try to swim against the current, you will only wear yourself out. Instead, lay back, look up, and let God carry you through. I am not suggesting you sit there like a tree stump, because faith is a verb, I am saying to posture yourself before your God and King, submit yourself to Him, and wait for His instructions and His victory to manifest.

Again, I say, resist the enemy, not the storm.

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