I’m taking part today in the Diamonds 2020 conference with Sara Willoughby and many other amazing bloggers/speakers! If you haven’t heard of it before:
What is Diamonds 2020? Diamonds 2020 is a free online conference for chronically ill Christians.
When is Diamonds 2020? January 23rd-25th, 2020
Who is speaking at Diamonds 2020? 16 awesome chronically ill warriors.
What does Diamonds 2020 cost? Nothing!
Where is Diamonds 2020? You can register for free at this link.
I’m so excited to share this guest post with you guys! Please welcome Anna Pustai.
JESUS IS GREATER THAN YOUR STORMS
Life is full of stormy days. I’d love to bring all of you an uplifting message, reassuring you that your life will be easy all the time, but that is not the truth. There will be sunshine brightening up some days, with laughter and pure joy. Yet, there will also be rumbling thunder-like days, dark and gloomy, complete with splitting, and cracking noises that practically explain your feelings.
John 16:33b, Jesus says,“…In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”We are told very clearly that we will have “tribulation,” or in other words, trials, troubles, problems, and more!
Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a physical storm. Wet raindrops stick to you, fear finds itself into your mind, and the wind is sweeping briskly around you. What do you need the most during a storm? You are in need of shelter and you are likely frantically looking for a place that is safe.
The same circumstances can apply to a spiritual storm. A storm is a battle between the enemy and God. God deeply desires for you to keep following Him. He does not want those wet raindrops of splattered lies to stick, or the fear to stay, He does not want the wind to carry you further away from Him.Instead, He wants us to embrace trials with joy and let them add to our faith.
While we are in that life storm, He is our Shelter. Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”We will not fear.This is a bold statement and one I believe we should all apply to our lives. How can we do this? The verse clearly tells us above: we can stop fearing because God is our refuge and a very present help.
Fear is a way that the enemy attempts to trap us. An easy response to life’s storms is immediate fear. I have struggled with anxiety for over eleven years, and can truly tell you that it is extremely difficult to break free of anxiety. However, we need to ultimately trust that God knows best, even through our storms. The meaning of trust is to truly rely on God in every area and aspect of your life.
We also need to remember what James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” We must not be discouraged, but instead embrace these storms with joy and knowledge that this trial will produce stronger faith, and reliance on God if you truly trust Him.
Dear reader, God knows best. He will be your shelter during this storm. Don’t let the enemy’s lies stick or the wind of his temptations cause you to drift away from your loving Savior. Trust Him and press on through the storm!
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Have you faced a storm recently? What are your thoughts on this post?
There are many other bloggers and speakers involved in this conference, and there is more information available than I could fit in this post. So please check out the other bloggers on this list and go to Sara’s blog for more details!
Oh, and there’s also a giveaway that you DON’T want to miss! Please check it out: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/67236cd77/
Monday, January 20th
Bethany | Spotlight
Ariel | Spotlight
Mollie | Spotlight
Hannah | Guest Post
Hailey | Spotlight
Tuesday, January 21st
Rachel | Guest Post
Caitlyn | Spotlight
Wednesday, January 22nd
Fe | Guest Post
Michaela | Spotlight
Thursday, January 23rd
Esther | Speaker Interview
Sara | Spotlight
Friday, January 24th
Alathia | Spotlight
Nathan | Guest Post
Saturday, January 25th
Abigail | Spotlight
Amie | Speaker Interview