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Key Thought- Do not let the storms of life stop you from your destiny! Read Acts chapters 26-28.
Understand, like the NT martyrs, faith can get you into trouble but don't let the storms of life define your life. Below are a few things that we can learn from the storm that the Apostle Paul encountered, as well as the storms of life.
1. In a storm you find out what a PRIORITY is.
Acts 27:18-20, “We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. 20When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved."
The economic downturn has forced many make difficult choices in their spending. Many of us have had to choose necessities over luxuries. The storms of life teach us to hold onto the most precious cargo & throw everything else overboard.
2. Don’t let storms determine your DESTINATION.
Acts 27:22-25, “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me 24and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar..."
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Some storms you didn't start & some storms you can't stop. God is with us in the midst of both. Don't let the things of life keep you from doing the thing that God has called you to do! If you have a plan B for God's call on your life, a storm will always push you to it.
3. Your destiny is always connected to OTHERS.
Acts 27:24-37, “ and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.' 25So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. ...34Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head...36They were all encouraged... 37Altogether there were 276 of us on board. (NIV)
God is passionate about reaching others through YOU! (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Peter 3:9, Acts 1:8) Just like Paul, you have a Rome to get to & a Caesar to stand before. You must live with a sense of mission & purpose. If you don't go, others may perish!
4. If you have unfulfilled DESTINY, you can't be stopped.
Acts 28:30-31, “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31Boldly and without hindrance (UNSTOPPED) he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
If You’re In The Midst Of A Storm Today, Stay Anchored
1st Anchor- The Word of God.
“16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
2nd Anchor- Prayer
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
3rd Anchor- The House of God.
“The righteous will flourish... 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:12-13