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Rely on God in midst of Raging River


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I love acronyms and one of my favorite acronyms that has inspired me in my Christian walk is FROG – Fully Rely On God. Today I would like to share with you how you can fully rely on God in the midst of a raging river.

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Rely on God in midst of Raging River

  1. 1. Fully Rely on God in the midst of a Raging River Empowered Bible Study Ministries
  2. 2. Welcome to Empowered Bible Study Ministries. I love acronyms and one of my favorite acronyms that has inspired me in my Christian walk isFROG – Fully Rely On God. Today I would like to share with you how you can fully rely on God in the midst of a raging river.My husband and I use to have a rafting business where we wouldtake people down the river. In fact that is how we paid for our wedding. I wasalways in awe of the river seeing its power and relating it to God’s power.The river is like our life, and to help illustrate my point I have a few pictures fromsome of our rafting trips. Here is a picture of me floating down the AmericanRiver in Sacramento California on a surf mat. In this particular part of the river itis calm with just a few little ripples and wepeacefully float down the river taking in all thebeauty along the way.Well, life is that way at times. We float down theriver of life and have periods of time whenthings seem to be going smooth, we have alittle ripple here and there but nothing to hard that we can’t handle. It is in thesetimes that it seems easier to rely on God. However, life isn’t always smooth. The next thing you know you are thrust into the hardships and trials of life. This picture is at the Rogue River in Oregon. You can see how the turbulence tosses you to and foe just like the trials of life toss us to and foe. Just about that time you think your circumstancescan’t get any worse, you hear the roar of the mighty 18 foot Rainey Falls of theRogue River. Now not everybody goes over thefalls – it is very dangerous. But justlike life, not everyone will experiencethe same trials in life.James 1:2-3 ‘Consider it all joy, my brethren,when you encounter various trials ,3 knowingthat the testing of your faith producesendurance’ (NASB)Trials come in many forms, from financial problems, health issues, moral issues,accidents, loss of loved ones and more. They can be small trials to huge, life changingtrials.
  3. 3. But each trial you go through strengthens you to be able to encourage someoneelse who finds themselves at the top of Rainey falls.So when you are in the depth ofyour trials and circumstances oflife and you feel as if you are beingsucked into the heart of the river,take courage my friend.When you feel as if you are hangingon for dear life, remember, Jesus isthe captain of the boat. He willguide you through the River of Life. So my friend, when trials come as it says in James “when” not “if”. Hold onto Jesus. 1 Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials (NASB)Peter made it clear to these suffering believers that even as they grieved now (intheir present existence), it was only for a little while compared to the gloriouseternity awaiting them.Remember my friend, this life is only temporary - what we are going throughhere is only for a little while. We live in a world of trials and temptation inaddition; the believer has to bear the added trial of persecution because of histestimony for Christ.So we ask, why does God allow Christians to go through trials? Why cant Godshield us from trials once we are saved?The answer my friend is that it is through those trials that your faith grows. It iswhen trials come that we go to our knees praying and asking for God to help.When life is going smooth, how many times do you get on your knees? It isthrough those trials that we trust God to meet all our needs and we see that Godis in control.
  4. 4. We must accept trials as part of the refining process that burns away impuritiesand prepares us to meet Christ. Trials teach us patience (Romans 5:3-4; James1:2-3) and helps us grow to be all that Christ meant us to be. When life seems to be dragging you down and you feel as if you are all alone, you are not! Christ is there! It is at this time of your life that Jesus is carrying you and helping you through the tough times of life. God is always in control! We need to fully rely on Him and Him alone. The more you study God’s word and the more you pursue a deeper relationship with God, it willbe easier to rely on God, to put your total trust in Him.In every aspect of our lives we are to Fully Rely On God! Live every moment ofevery day for Christ!So my friend, if you are feeling Froggy, Jump into a DeeperRelationship with God!For more inspiring Bible studies go to: