Summary: Another tragedy that often happens when some people are going through a storm, is that they stop being faithful to God in the area of giving. So the third anchor we must throw out is
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1. When You’re In A Storm, You Cannot Depend On Human Wisdom
The sailors that were traveling with Paul were skilled and knowledgeable men. They knew what to do when they found themselves caught in a storm so they begin to lighten the ship’s load and even threw the tackle overboard.
One of the most difficult things to do when you’re going through a storm will be to resist the temptation to handle your storms in the way that you think they should be handled.
2. When You’re In A Storm, You Can Depend On Godly Wisdom
After the sailors had done all that they knew to do, Paul stands up and gives them the “Word of the Lord” to let them know that they will all survive the storm they were in.
Whenever you’re in the middle of a storm, you need to remember that God will still be talking to you, you can depend on whatever He tells you and that He will bring you through every storm that you ever face!
3. When You’re In A Storm, You Need To Drop Some Anchors
Acts 4:29 says, “Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.”
A. The Anchor of Prayer
Jeremiah 33:3 God says, “Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
Whenever a storm comes your way, don’t be like these sailors and let prayer be the last thing that you do. Drop to your knees and pray before you try to do anything else!
B. The Anchor of Fellowship
Hebrews 10:25 Living Bible says, “Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.”
So many times, Christians make the mistake of pulling away from their church whenever they are going through a storm. Satan knows that if he can get you separated from the rest of the Body that you are an easy target for him.
Another tragedy that often happens when some people are going through a storm, is that they stop being faithful to God in the area of giving. So the third anchor we must throw out is
C. The Anchor of Faithfulness
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart.”
Sometimes when people are going through a storm, they will quit being faithful to the ministry that God has called them to.
2 Corinthians 8:1-4 Contemporary English Version says, 1“We want you to know that the churches in Macedonia have shown others how kind God is. 2Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. 3They gave as much as they could afford, and even more, simply because they wanted to. 4They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God’s people.”
The Macedonian Christians were going through an incredible storm but they still remained faithful in their giving. In fact, the text tells us that they “begged” Paul to allow them the opportunity to give.
Giving to the Lord is not a financial decision. Giving to the Lord is a spiritual decision.
1 Kings 17:8-12 says, 8“The word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, 9‘Go to Zarephath and dwell there. I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.’ 10So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the city, a widow was there gathering sticks and he called to her and said, “‘Please bring me a little water in a cup that I may drink.’ 11As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, ‘Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ 12She said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar. I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’”
This widow woman was in the most difficult storm of her entire life. She only had enough flour and oil to bake one final meal for she and her son and she knew that death was imminent.
1 Kings 17:13-16 says, 13“Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear. Go and do as you have said but make me a small cake first and bring it to me. Afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ 15So she did according to the word of Elijah and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16The bin of flour was not used up nor did the jar of oil run dry according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”