The Power of Faith
Storms happen. Troubles arise. Trials come. This world comes with tribulations. The Bible says it. Experience confirms it. Life proves it. And this is because the fallen world we live in is suffering the effects of sin and the decisions of sinful people!
But God created us to be victors, not victims. We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. By receiving abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, we can face the storms that blow and and reign in life through Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:17)
This is what the Apostle Paul did when he suddenly found himself in the midst of a life-threatening storm in Acts 27. While on a journey by sea, a violent storm attacked the ship Paul was in and wrestled all control of its destiny away from the captain and his crew. After doing everything they knew to do, they lost all hope of survival, and prepared to die.
But not Paul! He stood up in the midst of the raging storm and “hopeless” crisis and said to the terrified sailors and passengers, “Sirs, take courage, for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” As one who knew the grace of God and the gift of righteousness, Paul faced the storm with courage, relying on the faithfulness of God and the trustworthiness of His promises. And you can too!
That is what a dear sister in our church did when the doctors told her she had advanced lung cancer. Tempted to be afraid, she chose to place her faith in God’s promises and not the doctor’s report. She said, “I believe God.” Today, she is cancer free.
Her storm ended. Yours will too. How do I know? I believe God.