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OUTLASTING THE STORMS OF LIFE
Intro: Someone said, “Tough times do not last, but tough people do!” I don’t know about the last part of that statement, but I am certain about the first past. Tough times do not last, but people with faith in the Lord do! You can outlast the storms of life and this passage gives us a little insight into how to do just that!
Paul’s journey to
A. v.13 Deception - Calm seas fool us into believing that the storms will not come. But, the Bible says they will - Job. 14:1; 5:7; John 16:33; Eccl. 5:15-17.)
- When the severe storms come our way, we often feel as if events are out of
our control, v.15, 17. Many fall into discouragement and despair. (
- The storm ought to make us take an inventory of our life and discard anything
we do not need.
II. v.29a STORMY TIMES ARE TIMES OF DANGER
A. The stormy times that we encounter in life have the potential to either make us break us. They will either drive us to seek the Lord, or they will drive us away from Him. What happens in your life is your decision!
B. Ill. Job. His example is a good one for us. When he was squeezed by Satan, he shouted in the devils face - Job 1:20-22.
C. Simon Peter gave us an example that is to be avoided. When he was squeezed by life, he crumbled - Luke 22:31-32; Matt. 26:69-75.
D. You will either grow stronger, or be dashed upon the
rocks of bitterness and unbelief. It all
comes down to who or what you look to in times of trouble! (
III. v.21-44 STORMY TIMES ARE TIMES OF DELIVERANCE
Here is some positive help and hope for your storm!
A. v.29b Get Anchored - Paul tells us they cast out four anchors to secure the ship. They anchored their ship and were still terrified, Paul was not afraid. The reason? He was anchored deeper and he was anchored higher. Notice four anchors that will hold you in any storm:
1. v.23 The Presence Of God - Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5 (
2. v.24-25 The Promises Of God - His promises are steadfast and true - Rom. 4:21. Notice some of the promises we have to assure us of total security.
a. Brighter Days - Psa. 30:5
b. Deliverance - Psa. 34:19
Everything is for our Good -
d. Divine Grace - 2 Cor. 12:9
e. Ultimate Glory - Rev. 21:4
3. v. 24 The
4. v.44 The Performance Of God - Ill. Everyone made it safely to the shore. Ill. God is able to work it all out! He will get you through your storm and land you safely beyond it!
The Storm - Ill. These sailors listened to Paul and ate and went on
with life. There comes a time when we
have to surrender to the Lord’s will and allow Him to have His way in us. We can either bend under His hand, or he can
break us. The choice is entirely ours! (
C. v.41-44 Await Your Deliverance - Their storm ended, yours will too! Somewhere whether on this shore or on that shore, your storm will end. Until it does, submit to the Lord, serve the Lord and know that you are going to make it, 1 Cor. 15:58! God has never and never will lose even one of His little children!
Conc: If your sea is rough tonight, I encourage you to cast your anchor upon the solid Rock and tie yourself up to Jesus right now. He already knows about what you face, but He wants you to depend on Him for your need. In His presence is the place where storms are conquered.