I give God all the glory and honor because He is worthy of all our praise. As I look back over my life there have been many storms that have visited me. Some storms I can see and some storms I couldn't see but by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, I made it! Amen...One of my storms was when my son, Marcus Jr., died back in 2003. Brothers and sisters, it was hard on us, it was unexpected. But now I know God is the God of the unexpected. God is so good and I love Him so much. What about you? Do you love Him? My brothers and sisters, storms are going to come whether you like it or not, because life down here on earth is nothing but a storm. There are some good storms and some bad storms and as long as we are in these flesh bodies, get ready because your storm is on the way. We must learn how to speak to our storms and rebuke them in the name of Jesus. The storm I went through when my son died, that storm slapped me all up beside my head then it kicked me in my stomach and threw me on the ground and sat on me! At the time, I couldn't do anything but lie there and take it because in 2003 I didn't know how to call on Jesus for help. That's right, I haven't always been saved! I was going to Church but I didn't know how to get the devil off my back. In other words, I did not have any Word in me to speak, so the devil wouldn't leave me alone. So he tormented me day and night and night and day about my son. I know some of you don't know where I'm going with this and you will probably be wondering how I got past that storm. I got past that storm by the Word of God and His promises. That's why it's important to go to Church and hear and study the Word of God. (The Bible) Brothers and sisters, I learned how to speak God's promises over my life. When I say promises I am talking about the Word of God. So I ask you to get in a Church that is teaching Jesus and study His Word. Another one of my storms is when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I knew I had it for 3 years before I did anything about it. It was 3 years before I had my first treatment (Chemo) and it's only by the grace of God I'm still here. Brothers, if you are 40 and over, go get your prostate checked out. It may be a little uncomfortable but have it done. Don't wait like I did, go and see your doctor today. It could be a matter of life and death. Go get it taken care of. In closing, if it weren't for the Lord who is on my side, I wonder where would I be. Today, invite Jesus into your heart. Believe He is the son of God. Believe He died on the cross for your sin. Believe He got up out of the grave after three days. Believe He is sitting right hand of God the Father. I want to ask you a question, what's stopping you today from making Jesus your Lord and Savior? What's so important that you can't give your life to Jesus the One who died for you? I know we make mistakes and cause us shame. Even in our mistakes and shame, God loves us so much. John 3:16 reads: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." I love you but above all, God loves you! Be blessed. Amen...

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Marcus Chandler is a longtime pastor and columnist. Contact him at mchandler2011@hotmail.com or (501) 908-9507.