by John Barnett

How to have a Quake-Proof Life? Trust your Father!
Seven steps to confident living
John Barnett
I Thessalonians 3:11-13

EARTHQUAKES. The total instability of things counted upon as stable is an earthquake. Life is filled with earthquakes. In a non-geological way we could say, our lives have tremors, quakes and shocks and aftershocks, don't they?

How do we prepare for the quakes of life. First of all what are they?
Here are just a few: a job loss, a cancer diagnosed, an affair discovered in the mate to whom you have always been faithful, a divorce notice, an unwed but pregnant daughter, a crippling accident, a lost savings, a pension failure, a cancelled health insurance, and need we add the loss of parents, children or marriage partners to death. There are these and countless other quakes in life. They will come, every day to someone. Does God give us any earthquake preparedness? Yes!

Open your Bibles to "Earthquake Preparedness Training First Thessalonians 3:11-13 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (NIV)

I. How do we trust God as our True Father?
A. ACCEPT YOUR CARING FATHER: Father of Fatherless & Judge of the Widows: Psalm 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. (NIV); Psalm 146:9 The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. (NIV)
B. HOLD ONTO YOUR UNCHANGING FATHER: Everlasting Father: Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV)
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