By PASTOR ROB GRANGER
Last week’s column listed four steps to successfully maneuver through a crisis. Further prayer and reflection showed me there are two more which are every bit as necessary as those listed last week. But first let’s review the first four.
1) Don’t panic. The devil will do everything he can to tempt you to fear. If he can do that, he can keep you from experiencing the victory you need. 2) Believe God. Faith is the necessary ingredient for the power of God to manifest in your life. 3) Apply the promises of Scripture to your circumstance. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). Let only your faith in God’s Word come out of your mouth, not fear of what may happen. 4) Rely on the Holy Spirit. Talk with Him and pray in the Spirit about your situation. He is your Helper (see John 14:26). He will give you wisdom, insight and instruction that will keep you calm and lead you out of your crisis.
Now, let’s add the additional two steps believers need to take to gain the victory in a crisis.
5) Trust God’s Word. It’s one thing to read the Bible or even memorize Scripture. But to trust the Word? That’s different than simple familiarity. We might acquire some surface knowledge of a subject, but when we dig deep, we become intimately aware of how something works; how someone functions.
When we trust a person, it means we “know” that person has what’s good for us in mind and won’t fail us. However, our fellow human beings aren’t always as trustworthy as we need them to be. But God is since He doesn’t exist on the same level as a person. God doesn’t just love – He IS love (1 John 4:8, NKJV). Jesus doesn’t simply give us peace – He IS our peace (Ephesians 2:14, NKJV). He is not simply wise – He IS wisdom. He does not merely save us – He IS salvation (1 Corinthians 1:30, NKJV). Therefore, trust is not just something God offers; He IS trust because He will never leave us or desert us.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Finally, one of the most consequential and most difficult steps through a crisis: 6) Rejoice and Give Praise to God prior to and during a crisis. If we practice praise and rejoicing on a regular basis, then it will be much easier for us to gain the victory when a crisis comes.
In the middle of the darkness, give God praise. When you don’t feel like it, give God praise. When the heat of the situation is at its hottest, rejoice and give God praise. Be grateful to God for the crises He’s already brought you through.
What does praise and rejoicing do? First and foremost, it “silences the foe and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2, NIV). And, rejoicing is an outward sign of expectancy.
So, keep in mind that when we come to God with praise and rejoicing, we are, in essence, saying, “God, I don’t understand what’s going on around me, but I know You love me, You have taken care of me before and I know You’ll do it again.”
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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