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In the Eye of The Storm
Jan 05 3:10 AM

In the Eye of The Storm

Jan 05 3:10 AM
Jan 05 3:10 AM

Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.

Acts 27:20 (TPT).

In Acts chapter 27, Paul describes in great detail the account of being caught in the eye of the storm while traveling the high seas.  In verse 13, he talks about how the south winds blew softly over the waters, giving the ship captain the go-ahead to set sail. But shortly after setting sail out of nowhere, a violent northeasterly storm known as a Euroclydon appeared, and the ship was caught in the eye of the storm.  With no light from either sun or stars, this violent storm tossed Paul and the crew around the ship in complete darkness. The winds howled, and the waves beat against the ship with a violent force so fierce that it felt like the ship would break apart.  At that point Paul said, “all hope of getting out of this storm alive was lost.”

Back in the 70’s, a violent tornado destroyed most of our small town of 12,000 people. I was still a rebellious teenager lost in sin and doing everything I could to destroy my future.  It was a normal weekday around 6:30 in the evening, and everybody was home from school. My oldest sister was on the phone, my two younger sisters were in the bedroom doing homework, and I was in the living room with my three brothers watching TV.  All of a sudden, the atmospheric pressure in the house became still and motionless.  Seconds later, my Dad burst into the house and yelled, “everybody get in the hallway NOW, and get down”. All seven children made a V-line into the hallway and hit the floor. None of us knew what was going on at the time, but we knew that if Dad said jump, we jumped then and asked questions later.  The next three minutes seem like an eternity, and that’s because they were. My mom covered us with her body, and my dad covered my mom with his body, while trying to protect her and us too.  

Then, out of nowhere, the house began to shake, and we heard what sounded like a freight train blasting its horn directly over us, ready to smash us to pieces. Then I heard a sound that I never heard before; this sound pierced through my heart and touched the inner part of my soul. My 275 lbs., 6 feet 3 “man’s man” dad cried out to God with tears in his eyes, “JESUS, Have Mercy Lord! Please Jesus!” Hearing my Dad call on the name of Jesus, rang out louder than the noise of the storm, and immediately, there was still and calm.  The winds ceased, and the noise became quiet. That day, God harken to the voice of a man and sent the storm around our house, without a broken window or even a missing shingle.

God can work in hopeless situation. That day, I witnessed my dad get his house in order.  This was visually demonstrated by the husband covering the wife; the wife covering the children, and thereby God delivered the family. No storm or work of the enemy can stop God’s plan for your life when you put your house in divine order.  The storms of life are coming.  We must all ask ourselves if our life is in order, to endure the storms until we see the deliverance of God.

 

And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’  Acts 27: 22-24

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Barbara Love

Excellent ~ Analogy Of The Word Of God

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 5:53 AM CST

Brenda Madison

Good Morning Rev. Pharr.....beautiful lesson and you saw first hand how your father prayed and his faith in God to protect his family from the storm. Even at a young age, God was working in your life. Thank you for that devotion and I continue to pray for you and your family God's many blessings. Take care and be safe.

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:46 AM CST

Rebecca Lamar

PRAISE GOD!! Such a Powerful testimony! God IS our protection. Psalm 91

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:48 AM CST

Brenda Robinson

What a blessing to read these words. God is Able. I will continue to trust and believe his words. Faith over fear Amen.

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:57 AM CST

Rebecca

Awesome word, Minister Farr. Thank you and God bless New Life Church!

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 10:07 AM CST

Brenda Callaway

This is a clear reminder of how God takes care of us when we trust him.
Thank you Rev. Farr

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 10:12 AM CST

Redia Bullups

Blessed to God be the glory

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 2:44 PM CST

Renee Scalzo

Thank you Minister Farr, I am truly being blessed by these devotionals.

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:12 PM CST

Contessa

Thank You Pastor Farr for your continue your testimony and your reminder of God's covering and protection over us through good time and bad. We must have faith and trust in his word!!!!

Posted on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 @ 7:34 PM CST

Chryston

So beautiful. Thanks Rev Farr. An awesome storyteller?????

Posted on Wed, Jan 6, 2021 @ 9:11 AM CST

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