My partner in crime, and I decided to take a one-tank-trip to a charming little waterfront town called Gulfport. To our surprise, it was adorable! Plenty of dining, boutiques, a fishing pier, and quaint old homes meticulously refurbished and painted with bright beach colors. This is my kind of town! But with every wonderful thing there is a downside; they have signs and markers indicating that with a hurricane, of category three status, it would put the town underwater by sixteen feet! As old as the homes are, I don’t think they’ve ever experienced one of that magnitude. With every good thing you must expect a downside, even following Jesus. As a follower of Christ, we have been forgiven so much, that the enemy tries to discourage us, and ruin our walk in the sight of others. Hell forbid that we should bring others to Jesus! It should be expected that we will experience some storms along the way, but nothing that comes at us will wipe us out of Heaven. So, do whatever you need to do to reinforce your structure so that it can withstand a Cat 3 hurricane, because the devil will come after you, expecting to wipe you off the map! Pray, have faith, fill your mind with God’s Word, let the Holy Spirit be your guide, and you will stand strong and endure the storms!
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9