Revelation 22:11-12  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  

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1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. John 3:18-19 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting  life.

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                                         Sailing Successfully Through the Storm
                        

                 Text: Psalm 55 v 4-14

 

In this Psalm of David if you are not careful you could easily get confused. David  Started in verse 4 by saying his heart is in pain, It is pained within me , and the terror of  death has fallen  upon me , fear and tremble has fallen upon me and horror has overwhelmed me and David said oh that I have wings like a dove, for then will I fly away and be at rest , lo then will I wonder far off in the wilderness and I will hasten my escape from the windy storm and the tempest.  Verse 9 say destroy oh lord and divide their tongue for I have seen violence and strife in the city day and night, they go on thereof mischief and sorrow in the midst of it, wickedness are the midst therefore deceit and guile depart not from their midst, for it was not an enemy that reproach me I could burn because I know how to deal with such enemy, neither was he that hated me because I would have known he that hated me. It was not he that magnified himself against me. Then I would have hid myself from him because it is not today that I began to hide in cave. I could have done that perfectly well, but it was thou a man my equal my guide, my acquaintance, my sweet counsellor. Together we work into the house of God.  My company my confidant, my friend and then it go on in verse 15 to say let death seize upon them and let them go down quick into hell for wickedness is in their dwelling and among them. As for me  I will call upon God and the lord shall save me, evening and morning and noon day will I pray and cry out aloud and he shall hear my voice.

My prayer for any of you that open your mouth to pray to the lord is Ďhe will answer you. David was going through a terrible time in life and certain things began to heat him hard. As if it was not enough all the challenges he had with Soul on one  hand, then his own son Absalom came and rose against him in another hand and in reading this scripture  we will begin to ask which of all these people was he referring to here, and in looking at it, when you read the passage that say my contemporary, my confidant, my associate that we walk together into the house of God, you will say it could not  have been Saul or Absalom . Then we began to understand that it was his bosom friend, close  to him called Ahitophel that betrayed him and he started to work in consonant of his enemy and David began to say this is just too  much for his heart to bear, this was a period in the life David  when he was faced  with heavy storm of life.     I know there is someone reading this who is going through one storm of life or the other and  battling on your path through the storm of life, you are begging to say where will I go from here. Everyone believes that storm is bad thing but storm has a purpose in the life of man. Whatever storm you are going through my word for you is that keep going, why? Itís because you will soon be out of that storm in Jesus name.

            A storm can be defined as unpleasant situation or temporary resistance to achieve your purpose, or the resistance that prevents you from getting to that destiny. But the Good thing about storm is that storm is no respecter of people because even Lord Jesus Christ experienced some storms in his life, but at the same time our lord Jesus uses it to fulfil  various purposes.  Isaiah 29v6- Thou shalt be visited of the lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. Psalm 83v5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. Isaiah 28v2 Behold, the lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the with the hand. So we can see that Almighty God use storm to fulfil different purposes but here we see a strong man and  the one after the heart of God we see him cry and he was crying after the betrayal of Ahitophel who joined Absalom against him, storm comes in different ways, the storm that made David to cry was the storm of betrayal and David began to describe all the various kind of feeling going on in his mind, and he said the terror of death has fallen upon him. I donít know  the kind of storm you are going  through that look as if it has thrown you into pit of hell I want to tell you that you are not alone in the  experience, also you are not the first person. But within it all God is by your side. David also said storm of life can be fearful and can make one tremble , sorrow, hot sweat overwhelm him by reason of his sweat and he went on to say if only I have wings like the dove  I would fly away like the dove to a place I will rest. There is no short cut through storm it would still come, to someone, this storm is part of life. In verse 8 he said I will hasten my escape from windy storm and tempest and I began to wonder how he intend to hasten his escape, he was experiencing pain. Today your own storm could be struggle with admission, rent, joblessness, finances, for some other is their health , for some other is fruitfulness, for some is combination of many things and when those combination come they begin to race up things like depression, fear , trembling ,agitation, what will happen tomorrow , David said I will hasten my escape from windy storm and tempest many said I people react in different way to storm some keep away from church when they are going through such trial this is gimmick of the enemy, the first place you should think of going is the church because when you begin to stay away from church you run away from brethren and from the truth. Psychological you begin to run away from God, when you say YOU want to quicken your escape from the storm or runaway from the storm, how do you intend to do it? There are several implication for trying to run away from storm:  It shows rebellion against God.  It also display cowardice, it also involve losing useful life experience that you can use to comfort others, running away from storm will prevent the almighty God from been Glorified . It makes one in conformity with Christ  and the fellowshipping with his people, it lessens the values you place on eternity.


 

The real solution to every storm can only be found in Jesus Christ.  Psalm 107v29- He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. You cannot give up now just because everyone else is including the strongest is giving up. If you keep moving your own storm will be over and the sun will shine again. But you must know that God is always by your side.  If we go back to the last verse 16 and 17 of our text David now said as for me I will call upon  God and the lord shall save me.