Foundation For The Storms Of Life by Nelson Price

FOUNDATIONS FOR THE STORMS OF LIFE
HEBREWS 11: 8 - 16
JESUS CHRIST OFFERS STABILITY. LIFE HAS IT'S STORMS, BUT CHRIST
GIVES THE BELIEVER A STABLE FOUNDATION AMID THE STORM.
AFTER A MAJOR HURRICANE HAD SWEPT THE GULD OF MEXICO, I VISITED
WITH A FRIEND ON AN OFF-SHORE OIL RIG. I NOTICED IT WAS
SUPPORTED BY THREE MASSIVE SHAFTS WHICH WERE ANCHORED ON THE
FLOOR OF THE GULF. THOSE THREE COLUMNS REPRESENT THREE SUPPORT
FACTORS IN OUR CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.
CONSIDER ABRAHAM AS EXHIBIT "A" OF THE THREE FACTORS SUPPORTING
EVERY BELIEVER.
I. C A L L I N G
WHEN ABRAHAM WAS CALLED HE OBEYED. TO UNDERSTAND THE NEW
TESTAMENT BETTER, GET TO KNOW ABRAHAM BETTER. HE WAS THE FATHER
OF THE JEWISH AND ARAB NATIONS. AS GOD CALLED HIM, SO HE HAS
CALLED US.
A. HE HAS CALLED US TO SALVATION.
I PETER 5:10 "HE HAS CALLED US TO HIS EXCELLENT GLORY."
THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED "CALLED" IS KALEO, MEANING
"SUMMONSED." A SUMMONS MEANS CEASE AND DESIST WHAT EVER YOU ARE
DOING AND COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THIS SUMMONS. GOD HAS
SUMMONSED US TO HEAVEN. IF ANYONE DOESN'T GO THEY HAVE REFUSED
TO COMPLY WITH HIS DESIRE.


B. HE HAS CALLED US TO SANCTIFICATION.
I THESS. 4:3 "FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD, YOUR
SANCTIFICATION..." THE GREEK ROOT IS HAGIOS. IT IS THE WORD FOR
HOLY. IT SOUNDS ALMOST SPOOKY TO SAY THE WORD.
IF YOU WERE TO USE A CRAYON TO COLOR HOLINESS, WHAT COLOR WOULD
YOU CHOOSE? SOME WOULD SELECT DULL GREY OR DARK BLACK BECAUSE
"HOLINESS" EVOKES DRABNESS OR DULLNESS TO MANY PEOPLE.
SOME MIGHT CHOOSE WHITE. PERHAPS TO THEM IT MEANS ABSOLUTE
PURITY -- NO STRAINS OR GLITCHES.
PERHAPS THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD CHOOSE A ...


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