If God is for me . . . who can be against me?

Storm-Tested . . .


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By Greg Laurie







Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.

—2 Corinthians 11:25


I don’t know whether you’ve ever been shipwrecked. I haven’t. But the apostle Paul was shipwrecked three times. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked” (1 Timothy 1:19 NLT).


I have seen people like this—people who have had their faith shipwrecked. When they experience a tragedy, they say they’ve lost their faith. I would suggest that maybe they didn’t have real faith to begin with, because the faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.


I think all of us hope for clear sailing in the sea of life. But we will all have shipwrecks in life, things that happen that don’t make sense. The Bible says, “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1:3–4 NLT).


If your faith can’t stand a test, then it isn’t real faith. Get rid of it and replace it with real faith in a real God. I believe that when Christians go through a crisis, their faith should not be destroyed. They should not lose their faith. Their faith should grow stronger because they’re clinging to the Lord in the midst of it.


There are times in life when there are no storms at all. There are no shipwrecks. Thank God for those days. But after you have lived a while, you know something about storms. One is always on the way—maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, maybe not for a month, or maybe not for a year. But a storm will come. So be prepared for it.

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24.12 | 06:44

I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!

06.12 | 03:38

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Chri

29.11 | 08:39

Great prayer for the children, we must pass it on!

27.11 | 20:15

A very timely word!! I needed to hear that today. Thank you Miss Shelly

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