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Paul's Principles of Handling Crises
1. Paul prepared himself to pay any price to do God's will - He said, "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me." (Acts 20:24)
2. Paul was not deterred by warnings that he would be bound and imprisoned if he went to Jerusalem, but he said to them, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 21:13) Be determined to follow Jesus at all costs.
3. Paul used his wrongful imprisonment to gain greater opportunities to proclaim Christ to people who might have heard of Him before. Always look at the positive ways that God can turn a tragedy into His triumphs
4. Paul realized that even if he could not alter his circumstances he could control his perceptions, attitudes and responses to the situation. Only a small fraction of all of our fears are legitimate. Fear can actually be described as F-E-A-R (Faulty - Expectations - Assumptions - of Reality)
5. Paul took a realistic look at the situation and realized that God's will would be done even if the ship were to sink. Many people rush into wrong assumptions when faced with crisis and prematurely despair.
6. Paul picked his battles. Do not think that you have to fight every battle that comes along.
7. Paul refused to give into unbelief choosing instead to use the situation to grow in faith. Just like Abraham, Paul staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but grew strong in faith being fully persuaded that what God had promised He was also able to perform. (Romans 4:20,21)
8. Paul did not let his imaginations and subjective anxieties cloud his objective belief in God's truth. So many people allow their subjective feelings to obscure their ability to act on God's facts.
9. Paul analyzed his resources encouraging others to take courage in the facts God had given to him. When you are sure of your facts do not let anything, anyone or any problem deter you from the truth.
10. Paul did not let people discouraged him. Many will try to break your heart. Do not let them.
11. Paul focused on serving others during the crises so he concentrated on helping others. This automatically took his mind off his own problems. Paul followed Christ's example. Jesus did not come to serve, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
12. Paul was always willing to fight the good fight of faith. He did not run
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