Empowered to Survive the Storm … Acts 27 (NIV)
Teacher: homework late – can’t figure out my email.
Just before the final exam in my finance class, a student approached me. “Can you tell me what grade I would need to get on the exam to pass the course?” he asked. I gave him the bad news. “The exam is worth 100 points. You would need 113 points to earn a D.” “OK,” he said. “And how many points would I need to get a C?”
As you start on your journey to destiny
- You have a God breathed destiny that uniquely designed you to accomplish for His Kingdom.
- The way you start out is not always the way you arrive. God’s promises may have potholes and speed bumps along the way.
- Getting where God wants you may not be easy.
- God is going to get you where he wants you.
- God can provide favor even among non-believers.
- Your character and conduct gains you favor with others (Centurion Julius).
- Proverbs 18:6 (NET) … A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
You can rationalize or you can rest on God
- Storms usually start small and build.
- You can cast off baggage and try to strengthen your ship and lose hope.
- Paul … “I told you so” … when God sends a word of wisdom – “listen to Him”.
- When our efforts fail, God has a word of hope … my God has decreed my destiny is to …
- God uses Paul to save others – he wants to use you to save others.
Do this when in the middle of a storm
- Storms are not meant to last – but to go past.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 … No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.
- In a storm, we can forget to take care of our needs.
- Strengthen yourself whether it is food or manna.
- Not every storm is because God wants you go through it. Surviving a storm may be as simple as listening to sound advice.
- If God gives a word of wisdom: “Listen to Him”.
- God has shown you favor – share it with others.
- Because of Paul 276 people were saved.
- Because Paul touched the Centurion, the other prisoners were saved.