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March 30, 2014 | STANDING IN THE STORMS (PART 3): Four Strong Anchors for Life’s Stormy Seas

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Acts 27:13-44

 

We’ve been talking about the fact that we all face storms. The right question is not whether they will come, or when, but how we will respond to them.

 

Paul was a special man for several reasons:

 

He was a child of God;

He was a man on a mission;

He was a man of faith; and

He was in fellowship with God.

 

Because of who he was, Paul was anchored in the midst of that storm, even though the ship wasn’t! Even though that ship was shaken and battered, Paul was able to make it because he had STRONG ANCHORS.

 

The Strong Anchor of God’s Presence.

 

“For this night an angel of the God I belong to and serve stood by me” (v. 23a).

 

Paul found that even in the midst of the raging storm he was not alone!

It would be a blessing if we could enjoy the manifest presence of the Lord as Paul did.

 

 

The Strong Anchor of the Promises of God.

 

God said, “‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me” (vv. 24-25).

 

As Paul weathered that long, terrible storm, the Lord came to him with a precious promise.

 

The Word of God is full of promises.  7,847 promises from God to man.

 

 

The Strong Anchor of the Plan of God.

 

“Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar” (v. 24).

 

The angel of the Lord that ministered to Paul told him God’s plan was for Paul to get to Caesar and to spare everyone on board.

 

This anchor of God’s plan includes: protection and prosperity.

 

 

The Strong Anchor of God’s Power.

 

“everyone reached land safely” (v. 44).

 

Only the power of God is strong enough to be your anchor in the midst of the storm.

 

I can promise you this, no storm in this life will be able to blow you off course if you are holding on to the strong anchor of God’s power!!

 

 

If God has the power to cause an ax head to float,

If God can cause a donkey to talk,

If He has power to split the Red Sea and the Jordan River,

If God can raise the dead,

If God can tell the thunder and lightening to cease,

He has the POWER to keep you safe through the storm.

 

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