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Waiting Through Storms of Life- Benefits of Fasting

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Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

““they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” KJV

Introduction.

I’m thrilled to share God’s Word with you once more as I introduce to you a wonderful theme and subject that we will consider for a few days. The theme is “Waiting through the storms of life,” which connects to our learning about the “Benefits of fasting,” and the key verse is from Isaiah 40:31.

I want to thank all of the Daily Digest Global partners for connecting with us and reading my daily post on a consistent basis.  I’m hoping that this lesson will bring us all together for an amazing experience.

I considered the word “Storm” as I was reflecting on the message God had given me to share with us. I’m unsure of the number of people reading this right now who may be familiar with the word “storm” or who may have gone through a physical or spiritual storm in life. I’m referring to overcoming obstacles that may have seemed insurmountable in life.

However, I’d like to quickly share with you two real-life examples of my own experiences with both physical and spiritual storms from several years ago. And my experience might be helpful to those of us who are unfamiliar with these words.

Let me start by defining storm in accordance with metoffice.gov.uk. While there is no official meteorological definition for a storm like there is for a hurricane, it is frequently used to refer to a deep and active area of low pressure with accompanying strong winds and precipitation.

Physical Storms of life-

I am an experienced marine engineer who has travelled on a variety of voyages on both larger and smaller ships. Storms, in my opinion, are to sailors what a wife is to a husband. This claim implies that the storm is probably made up in part of a sailor man.

We once experienced a severe storm while at sea that made it appear as though the ship would capsize. As one of the sailors on that voyage, I was in panic as well. At that point, you simply weren’t able to function—you couldn’t eat, sleep, or do anything. I was reminded of the passage from Matthew that described how Jesus calmly withstood a storm. I made the decision to keep my composure and opt to pray internally instead. We resumed our journey after the storm abruptly passed. Everything returned to normal. Please take note of the word “Calm” that I also used because I’m going to use it to describe a bird that exhibits calmness in the face of physical storms.

Spiritual Storms of life-

I want you to think of any difficult circumstance you are going through right now or might have experienced in the past as a “spiritual challenge.” Furthermore, allow me to describe the spiritual storm I went through a couple of years ago, which I would refer to as “my wilderness experience.”

About 11 years ago, just before I got married, I lost my job because I didn’t know how to handle some situations I ran into in life at the time. Anyway, my wife and I decided to postpone the wedding because we didn’t have enough money. Nevertheless, we decided to go on because we had some savings. We did, and everything turned out well in the end.

To make a long story short, after our wedding, we struggled and couldn’t even provide three complete meals per day. We believed that the only way out was to “WAIT” on God by pleading with him in prayer and fasting until our situation changed. And after weeks and months of prayer and fasting, God finally restored our financial situation. When I found a job, everything improved and returned to normal.

In order for you to learn and comprehend what it means to wait through life’s storms, it is crucial that we pay attention to certain actions and phrases that I mentioned in my stories.

I’ll encourage you to read these stories again as a final recommendation. And to illustrate what Isaiah meant by his assertion in chapter 40, verse 31, I will use the king of birds—I believe it to be the eagle—as an example. I also urge you to join me tomorrow as we examine five “benefits for fasting” areas.

Prayer.

My God! We can all agree that there are storms in life that we go through every day, every week, every month, and every year. We pray that by relying on you through prayer and fasting, you will help us through our storms of life. Amen.

Please share……..

Blessings…………

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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