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Bible Study: Navigating Life’s Storms, Plus Tim Tebow’s New Book “Shaken”

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Sometimes in life we go through storms and we go through trials, but through these difficult times, we can grow stronger in our faith. The Bible says that when we go through trials of different kinds, we are actually blessed because it is developing deeper character, wisdom and revelation. The Bible also discusses that we must build our life on the rock (Jesus Christ), not on the things of this world (people, money, false security), so that WHEN the storms of life come, we will be able to endure.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

You see, PI Girls, if you haven’t had a trial or storm of life, it’s not a matter of if it will happen, but rather when it will happen. Trials and loss come to everyone at some point in their lives. How will you respond when things don’t end up as planned or when you experience deep pain or loss? Will you throw in the towel and give up on your faith, or will you run this race with joy, hope, endurance and discipline, trusting in the Almighty God that He has a divine plan?

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:24-27)

 

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When I lost my dad at 14 years old, I had Jesus as my foundation, my anchor and my rock. I didn’t put my trust in people, in things or in the temporal earth. I knew my dad was found with his face in the Bible when he passed and that he was with Jesus. I had a supernatural peace knowing I would be reunited with my father again and that I have my heavenly Father—that no matter what, the Lord is with me and God says He will never leave or forsake you.

 

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We need to get to a place in our lives that when storms or tough times come, we can rest in the trust of our Abba Father like a child does. We need to get to a place where Jesus is our everything and we can walk in our lives with the full confidence that whatever happened that may have hurt us or broken our hearts, Jesus can heal it. We know that God is trustworthy and that his track record is just TOO GOOD. Yes, God comes sometimes in the midnight hour, but we know He has us in the palm of His hands, He spoke and created the universe, and He created us in our mother’s wombs. PI Girls, isn’t it amazing that God knew us before we were even born (Jeremiah 1)? Wow!

Remember, faith is things we are hoping for, but the circumstances may be dark, where we don’t see light. We may be envisioning something that seems impossible, and we hope for situations to turn around that seem bleak. Guess what? The moment you need to get on your knees to petition and pray to God is when there’s the chance for a miracle. Once we are at the end of ourselves, it opens the door for God to do what we could NEVER do ourselves. I think God does this so we truly know it was HIM that did it. Amen?

 

Florida's Tim Tebow smiles after winning the BCS Championship NCAA college football game against Oklahoma 24-14 in Miami, Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

[Image: Florida’s Tim Tebow smiles after winning the BCS Championship NCAA college football game against Oklahoma 24-14 in Miami, Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)]

Along the lines of faith, storms and just trusting God with our lives in general, I wanted to mention football player Tim Tebow’s new book called Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. The book is set to be released in October 2016, so keep your eyes out for this!

Also, realize that even people in the spotlight go through hardship and persecution. Look at Tebow—he was praying publicly at football games and even wore the famous John 3:16 verse on his cheeks while he was a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He had some critics or people who didn’t agree with his unashamed faith, but God always showed up and defended Tebow with miraculous signs and wonders confirming the verse and backing him up.

 

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Recently, Tim has been on and off the field, but has been active in the sports arena and has likely gone through some kind of trial in discerning his career. Regardless of Tim’s job title, we all know he is a mighty man of faith and the fact he is a child of the Most High God is what matters—THAT is his identity—not whether or not he is on a football team. In addition, God has used him MIGHTILY in hosting the Night to Shine prom evening for special needs kids through his organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation. God is using Tim’s story and life in big ways, and also through Tim’s new book. Tebow is also apart of the new Fox show, “Home Free,” with Mike Holmes to help couples compete for a brand new dream home.

[Sources: washingtonpost.com; espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/10spot-divisional/tim-tebow-phenomenon-gets-eerie–adam-schefter-10-spot; timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/stand-with-night-to-shine]

[Source: http://www.fox.com/home-free/article/%E2%80%9Chome-free%E2%80%9D%C2%A0returns-thursday-june-16-on-fox ]

[Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/sports/football/in-tebow-debate-a-clash-of-faith-and-football.html?_r=0]

PI Girls, who is your anchor and your one and only when life throws you curveballs and doesn’t go your way? Who do you run to? I pray you run to Jesus and the Word of God that will never fail you and will uphold you during the rough seasons. God bless you!

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