In today’s bible studies, we’re going to talk about standing firm when the storms of life come upon us. What do you think of when I say “storms of life”?
Usually, something negative comes to mind. But can storms be good? That depends on where you go for help once the storms come. Let’s read together what the Bible says in James1:2 as it read, “Consider it pure Joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Why do you think he wrote, “Consider it pure Joy”? How can storms or testing bring joy? Because storms can be a potential source of joy, regardless of how it feels or however bad the circumstances seem.
Storms present an opportunity for a blessing from the Lord. How can storms present an opportunity for a blessing? As we go through the storm, we recognize our need for Jesus. We experience our inadequacy and His sufficiency.
What do you think the goal of a trial or storm would be for a believer in Christ? The trial’s goal is that we would stand firm, that we would grow stronger in faith as we DEPEND on Jesus.
We learn to persevere, be patient with His timing, trust His control, and accept His way over our own. What do you think the definition of standing firm is? Fixed, unchanging, firmly loyal, constant. Can we do this in our strength?
The way to stand firm in life and hard circumstances is only by supernatural power in Christ Jesus alone, through His Holy Spirit, and only available if we choose to remain “firmly loyal” in Him.
James 5:8 says, “Be patient and stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near.” What is he telling us to do? Be Patient and Stand Firm! How do you do that? Only by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Through His Word and promises in scripture and the strength His Spirit gives us, such as love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, etc., are we able to do this? And Why should we do this, according to the last part of this verse?
Because His coming is near. And as the years go by, His coming is closer and closer. Hebrews 13:6 “also read, with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” What is he telling us to do?
To Stand Unafraid. How do you do that? Only by realizing that The Lord is our helper, our complete helper. David wrote in Psalm 121: 1-2, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
The God who made it all is our helper!. Let’s read Romans 8:26-27: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
What is he telling us to do, even when our words cannot express it? Stand in Prayer How often do you think we should be doing this? Who stands in the gap when we can’t seem to find the words?
The Holy Spirit Let’s read our next verse, I Corinthians 15:58 together, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Stand firm, never lose hope
I would like to read this last verse to you in James 1:12. Herein lies a promise from the Lord: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.” What a reward: Abundant life. -So don’t be surprised when the storms come. -Choose to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and stand firm.