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Help in Our Storms

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Acts 27:14-29
Sunday, 03 June 2012

Help In Our Storms

Acts 27:14-29

Paul is on his way to Rome to appeal his case to Caesar. A violent storm hits them; they could do nothing against it except let themselves be driven along - vs 15; As storm worsens, they grasp at ways to deal with it. Vs 17-19, 38; Hope fades, desperation sets in - vs 20, 29

Discouragement is a very powerful tool against us

Three things allowed Paul to keep his courage and "weather the storm."

God Is With Us

Acts 27:23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,

God was "with" some by angels

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

He's with us through His children

Colossians 4:7-13

Philippians 2:19-20 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.

He's with us always thru His Son (Emmanuel God with us)

John 14:23 Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Jesus came to help us understand his desire to be near to us

Hebrews 2:16-18 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

As life gets stormy & everything seems to fall apart, Jesus stands with you!

2Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

God Has Promised

Acts 27:24 and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.'

He gave us His Son to confirm His promises

Romans 15:8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

2Corinthians 1:19-20 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

We must cling to His promises if we're to overcome the storms, difficulties, adversities we're sure to face in life.

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

2Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

I Believe God

Acts 27:25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.

Faith is only as strong as the One in whom it's placed.

2Timothy 1:12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

We need courage, when our faith is tested and our confidence is shaken.

Hope that deliverance is coming when circumstances seem otherwise

2Corinthians 1:9-11 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.

We must know that when we ourselves fail, the Lord can "prop us up" and help us to stand in spite of our own weaknesses

Jude 1:24-25 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Confidence that one day, our steadfastness will reap for us eternal benefits

1John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

We Can Overcome With Faith Intact, And Even Stronger

We can have hope and confidence if we let His power work within us.

We must show the world that our God is a stronger influence than ANY discouragement the world can dish out

Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

(outline by Zeke Flores revised by jlh)

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