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Riding Out The Storm

Acts 27:9-31
(RA-1908, Program: 2717, Air date: 07.02.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION (Acts  27:20-23)
    1. The apostle Paul was a prisoner headed towards Rome.
    2. Many of us see difficulty in every opportunity, but Paul saw opportunity in every difficulty.
      1. Acts 16:25
      2. Acts 26
      3. 2 Corinthians 2:14
  2. THE REASONS FOR THE STORMS OF LIFE.  (Acts 27:9-13)
    1. There are four basic kinds of storms in life.
      1. There are storms that are just part of nature.
        1. Matthew 5:45
      2. There are storms that we ourselves engineer by our foolishness.
        1. Jonah 1-2
      3. There are storms that God sends us into for development.
        1. Matthew 8:18
      4. There are storms we are dragged into by other people.
        1. Acts 27:9-11
        2. Sometimes children get into storms because of unwise or ungodly parents.
        3. Sometimes a country goes into storms because of bad leadership.
        4. Most of the time, there really isn’t much we can do about it.
        5. This is where Paul was; he didn’t want to sail.
    2. There are five ways to sink your ship.
      1. Make your decision in haste.
        1. Acts 27:9
          1. The Holy Spirit does not push, He leads.
      2. Depend upon worldly wisdom rather than Godly wisdom.
        1. Acts 27:11
      3. Take the easy way out.
        1. Acts 27:12
      4. Just follow the crowd.
        1. Acts 27:12
          1. The majority is almost always wrong.
            1. Numbers 13-14
            2. 1 Samuel 8-10
            3. Matthew 27:20-22
      5. Depend upon circumstances.
        1. Acts 27:1
  3. THE REACTIONS TO THE STORMS OF LIFE.  (Acts 27:14-21)
    1. Dreams dissolve.
      1. Acts 27:15
    2. Labor increases.
      1. Acts 27:16
        1. As Christians we are to endure hardships, but grueling toil and labor comes with sin.
          1. Matthew 11:29-30
          2. Proverbs 13:15
    3. Resources are wasted.
      1. Acts 27:18-21
        1. Sin costs us everything.
          1. Acts 27:20
    4. Hope vanishes.
      1. Acts 27:29
        1. All sense of direction disappears.
          1. Acts 27:20
    5. Foolishness abounds.
      1. Acts 27:30-31
        1. When we try to get out of a storm in our own way it’s a form of escapism that is built on selfishness.
    6. The apostle Paul was trusting in God and was not afraid.
      1. Acts 27:22-25
      2. Psalm 107:23-30
  4. THE RESULTS OF THE STORMS OF LIFE. (Acts 27:23)
    1. It was not God’s plan that they should sail, but it did not stop His ultimate plan.
      1. Acts 23:11
      2. Acts 28:14
    2. Where God does not rule, God overrules.
    3. God’s plan for us is that we become more like Jesus.
      1. Romans 8:29
    4. Sometimes the church can make bad decisions, but Jesus said that not even Hell could stop it.
      1. Matthew 16:18
    5. God’s will is done regardless of who stands against Him.
      1. Psalm 2:3,6
    6. All of life comes down to who you believe.
      1. Acts 27:11
      2. Acts 16:31
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    2. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    3. Romans 10:9-10
    4. Romans 10:13
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