“For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin, no matter how it comes or where it leads) has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation, He will [always] provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place, that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (I Corinthians 10:13 AMPC)
“If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word, and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13 AMPC)
“So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgment of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His Word.” (Hebrews 10:23 AMPC)
“And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24 AMPC)
This is a testimony of the awesome faithfulness of God in the midst of a harrowing storm of life. I live in southwest Louisiana and on August 27, 2020, a category 4 hurricane named Laura slammed into the coast near the Texas border. The storm didn’t lose much steam once it landed but it barreled north right up the highway running by my house.
I confess that I underestimated the power of this storm very much. Looking at the weather on my phone it wasn’t going to be even 100 mph winds. How wrong I was! I did everything I could do to prepare and I prayed over our property and ask for the angels to come and protect our homes and property. My mother and sister came up from their small town which was further south. We all settled in for a long night as we claimed Psalm 91 over ourselves.
You might be wondering why didn’t I evacuate? Well, for one thing, I didn’t have the gas or the money to be gone for an extended period of time. I made the decision to trust God with my house and possessions. I had to come to the place where I either believe Psalm 91 and God’s faithfulness or I don’t. I chose to believe His Word and stand on it.
About 1:30AM the power went out and the winds were steadily increasing. My sister and I kept decreeing and declaring the Word of God over the property. Every time the wind would scream and the mobile home would shake, we would shout all the louder. I’m sure anyone walking in would have thought we were crazy, but I guess you had to be there to appreciate what we were doing.
We fought fear every time a big gust of wind would rage against the mobile home. This went on for five hours. The winds were sustained at 120 to 138 mph for five hours. I kept looking at my phone weather and it kept saying the winds were only 85 mph. Maybe five hours ago that was true but not at 4:00 AM in the morning. The eye of the storm went directly over our area so we got the winds coming and going. It was merciless. Finally, at 7:00AM or so, the winds died down and it was eerily quiet.
My sister and I cautiously opened the back door and we were shocked at the devastation to the woods and the trees all around us. My light pole was cracked but hanging on by the PVC pipe of the meter. My cheap plastic greenhouse was torn up. My back yard was filled with huge tops of pine trees and the huge limbs of the oak tree fell right by my office window. My shed was untouched as was my add on washroom. When we went to the front yard to see a huge oak tree was completely uprooted and fell four inches from my car. My flimsy little front porch was intact to my amazement.
I looked up and the roof had some shingles missing and my skirting was messed up a little but not that bad. I stood in awe of what God had done with my home and vehicle! He preserved everything that was important to me and the things that weren’t was destroyed. Even my internet dish wasn’t moved nor was my chimney. It was really amazing to see how God was faithful to keep me in this horrible storm in a mobile home that could have been totally destroyed considering how destructive the winds were.
It’s been two weeks since the storm and I’m still without power, but God supernaturally has provided me a generator to use, He has brought money to me supernaturally to buy things I normally wouldn’t be able to do. His faithfulness is sure and it is so AWESOME!
When I went out on my porch to sit with Him I realized that the only reason that flimsy porch didn’t blow away (which it should have), is because it is a place of fellowship for us. I sit with Him every day on that porch just talking, reading His Word, and worship. He loves that little porch as much as I do. Throughout this trial, His faithfulness is still being demonstrated to provide favor, provisions, everything I need. Every day when I meet Him on the porch I must spend ten minutes just thanking Him for everything He has done for me. Truly Psalm 91 is real in my life. “A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near to me.” I saw many homes totally destroyed, and yes, good people live there. I can’t answer and won’t answer the “why” question that some got hit and others didn’t. All I know is that God is faithful to me and He showed it by the very obvious protection of my mobile home and vehicle. They both should have been destroyed.
God is faithful to His Word–His promises. The question is “do I believe it?” Do I believe in my HEART? There is a big difference in head knowledge and heart knowledge. Head knowledge is hope, heart knowledge is faith. Faith lives in our hearts. I have learned over the last several years to actually depend on God to be my Husband. He is my provider. I really do depend on His provision to live day to day. And day after day, He has never failed to show Himself faithful to me.
What’s happening now? Well, the linemen are working down our road and we should have power by the weekend, so we can once again meet in our church. I’m getting a new light pole just in time for them to turn my power back on. The insurance adjuster is coming out to assess my roof. I believe God will grant me favor to receive money to get a new roof! I was in need of a new one anyway. It’s true, God turns what the enemy meant for evil, for our GOOD.
I know a lot of people here in Louisiana are hurting and trying to rebuild. Please keep us all in your prayers. I just want to encourage you that if you can believe God’s Word, you can trust and depend on God to protect you and take care of you…no matter what.
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