Storm Proof

 
Storms of life don’t play favorites. Christians experience storms too. 
The question is: How do you deal with the storms of life?
Do you remain calm and maintain courage and confidence?
Or do you panic, become afraid and overcome with anxiety?

In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul encounters a powerful storm on his journey to Rome. 
It provides great insight on storm proofing our lives. 

“But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.” 
-Acts 27:14,15

When we are caught in a storm or crises, we tend to: 
-Lose our compass and forget where we are headed, let go of our goals and become driven by the crises. (Vs. 15)
-Become impulsive and begin to discard the things that are important to us. (V. 18-19)
-Give in to despair and hopelessness. (V. 20) 

When we are battered by a storm or crises, what should we do?
Drop your Anchors! 

ANCHOR #1: THE PRESENCE OF GOD. (V. 23) 
We may not see God, but God sees us. 
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.” 
-Acts 27:24

ANCHOR #2: THE PURPOSE OF GOD. (V. 24) 
Storms come & go, but God will fulfill your purpose in life. 

ANCHOR #3: THE PROMISE OF GOD. (V. 25)
Storms can distract us, but God is always there & He always keeps His promises. 

ANCHOR #4: OUR PRAYERS TO GOD. (V. 35) 
Talk to God- tell Him your fears- trust Him with all your heart. 



The Gospel Seed

 

I have spent quality time in our flower garden recently, completely overhauling it and replanting hedges and flowers. Much time was spent digging up and preparing the soil, applying the right plant mix, planting and then applying the mulch. I find great joy in the finished product, and the realization that if I properly prepare the soil, plant correctly, and water then the plants will flourish and grow. The results are up to the Lord. This reminds me of the parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15.
 
There are four types of ground represented:
1. Wayside
2. Rocky
3. Thorny
4. Good.
 
The seed is the Word of God. The success in the growth of the seed has nothing to do with the seed itself, but everything to do with where it lands. If the seed lands on the wayside, or the rocks, or thorny ground, it will not have the root system to produce a healthy crop, or fruit. But if it lands on good, prepared ground, it will grow to perfection. Our job is to sow the seed upon prepared ground… through the power of the Spirit, a broken heart for the lost, and sharing the Gospel with love and clarity, I can trust God for fruit that will grow to perfection. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
 
 
 




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