Before you begin reading today’s message please say a prayer for the founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministeries, Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Ruth Munroe, their senior Vice President and pastor, Richard Pinder, and the other six unidentified passengers (the two pilots, and possibly even Dr. and Mrs. Munroe’s daughter) aboard the private jet that crashed upon landing in the Bahamas yesterday while on their way to a Christian Global Forum that Dr. Munroe organized.
Pray for their souls, and for their loved ones who are going through a devastating time. In honor of Dr. Munroe his forum is continuing today but being shortened by half a day, as it was said that Dr. Munroe would have wanted it that way.
You don’t have to personally know someone to pray for them and their loved ones. Prayer lifts. Prayer heals.
When the Storms Come
“The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.””
(Matthew 7:25, NKJV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
We all go through difficulties and things we don’t understand. It’s easy to get discouraged and think, “Why am I having these problems?” The scripture says, “Rain falls on the just and the unjust.” No matter how good a person you are; no matter how much you honor God, you are going to have some rain.
Jesus told a parable about a wise man who built his house on the rock. He honored God. Another man built his house on the sand. He didn’t. The winds blew. The rains beat on the houses. The same storm came to both people, the just and the unjust. If the story ended right there, you would think, “It doesn’t make a difference to honor God. The same thing happens to me that happens to everybody else. I built my house on the rock, yet I’m in this storm.”
But, that’s not the end of the story. Jesus went on to tell that the man who built his house on the rock, his house was still standing after the storm. The man who built on the sand, his house washed away. Here’s the difference. When you honor God, the storms may come, but you have a promise that others don’t have. When it’s all said and done, you’ll still be standing!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the promise to bring me through every difficulty, hardship and adversity I may face. I receive Your strength; I receive Your victory knowing that my house is built on the Rock in Jesus’ name! Amen!
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Storms come and go, but only the faithful who honor God, continue standing afterwards. Today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen has been helpful in reassuring me about things going on in my life. I hope it does the same for you!
We all must go through the storm, it’s a matter of what you built your foundation upon and what you put your faith in each day. Are you the person planted firmly on the rock or in the sand, waiting to be washed away?
If you’re on sand, what will it take for you to change your thinking, your heart, and your ways to move your “house” on a rock, or just move and rebuild on a rock?
I’m going through a storm right now and I have faith that I will make it through because I humbly believe in God’s Power, Presence, Love, and guiding Light. I believe that even if others built around me using sand, my foundation as built on a rock in honor of our Heavenly Father. So I have my rain gear on and I’m going to smile through this storm, thanking God each and every day!
Natasha’s Questions of the Day
1.What do you think about today’s message?
2. How do you intend to honor God today?
3. Is your “house” built on a rock in honor of God, or sand in honor of yourself (or someone or something else)?
4. What storm are you currently going through that you hope to still be standing afterward?
5. Do you see why you must go through this and other storms?
6. What do you think is the purpose of these storms?
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