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Don't Let the Storm Get in You
By Joel Osteen - Jan 15, 2016

In the scripture, the apostle Paul faced all kinds of difficulties, but he said, "None of these things move me." We should also get to the point that no matter what comes our way, it doesn't move us. When difficulty comes, we stay in peace. We keep our joy. You may have things coming against you today in your health, your finances or a relationship. Like a ship at sea, nothing on the outside can bring you down. You can't stop the storms from coming, but you can stop that storm from getting in you.

This is what Joseph did in scripture. He was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused and spent time in prison. On the outside, there was a lot of turmoil. In the natural, he had the right to be angry, bitter and wallow in self-pity. But Joseph didn't let what was on the outside get on the inside. The feelings came. He felt bitterness, the rejection, the loneliness. But, he made the choice that he wasn't going to keep dwelling on it. He operated out of a place of peace, of faith, of hope. That's what allows God to turn things around.

When King Saul was chasing David, trying to kill him, David could have been upset thinking, "Why is this guy after me? I haven't done one thing wrong to him." Saul chased him through the desert month after month making David's life miserable. You can imagine how David could have let the frustration, the worry, the turmoil get on the inside and cause him to be sour. At one point while Saul was chasing them, David had an opportunity to put an end to it. Saul was sleeping. David's men saw it and said, "David, this is our big chance. We can go and kill him." David said, "No, don't do it. He's the king. Even though he's doing wrong, I'm going to honor his authority by doing the right thing." The only way David could do that is by operating from a place of peace. He wasn't allowing the storm inside. God not only took care of his enemies, but God promoted him and took him to the throne.

Today, no matter what storm is raging around you, don't let it get in you. You may not understand, but come back to the place of peace and trust. Stay in the place of peace and let God be your vindicator. And just like these men in the Bible, He'll take you places that you've never dreamed!

"The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:14, NKJV)
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