Empowered to Survive the Storm

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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.

Wrap up

  • 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.

 

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