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Summary: Life is a hodgepodge of experiences—some good, some bad. There are people who say that life is a struggle, and others say life is good. I have heard different people say that life has its hills and valleys, or they say it has its ups and downs. Bu

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4-16-04

Title: Four Anchors

Text: “Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.” (Acts 27:29).

Bible Reading: Acts 27:13-36

Introduction

Life is a hodgepodge of experiences—some good, some bad.

There are people who say that life is a struggle, and others say life is good.

I have heard different people say that life has its hills and valleys, or they say it has its ups and downs.

But, I would bet that all of us would say; “I have good days and bad days.”

Folks, human beings do not live on an even plane with every day a good day, and it’s a good thing when we realize that truth.

We have a tendency to rejoice when all is well, and to fall apart when it’s not.

I know people who show by their face how their day is going.

They can’t hide it.

They smile and act full of life when things are going good.

But, when it’s not so good they pout and complain and appear defeated by their problems.

In today’s lesson, there are three simple truths that will help us when we face difficult times.

1. (Truth No. 1) Storms (troubles) do not mean that God is showing His disapproval of something we have said or done.

When we have troubles, it doesn’t mean that God is mad at us.

2. (Truth No. 2) To be in a stormy (troubled) moment is not sinful.

Trouble comes to all of us; no one is off the hook when it comes to life’s problems.

3. (Truth No. 3) There are anchors to hold us steady in times of stress.

So we need to know what the anchors are.

Our text shows that Paul’s experiences support these truths.

I’ll read Acts, chapter 27, verses 13-36.

Here is where Paul is being taken to Rome by ship.

A storm threatens to sink the ship, but God has other plans for Paul.

This is how the experience is recorded in God’s word.

READ FROM THE LIVING NEW TESTAMENT

-PRAY-

Paul had four anchors that held him steady just like the four anchors on the ship.

The first anchor: He Had a Firm Faith in God.

We can see his faith in the statement he made to the sailors, in verse 23:

“…last night an angel of the God (to whom I belong and whom I serve) stood beside me..”

Paul believed with all his heart that God was real, and that he was a child of God, and he served God as well as he could, even when he was under arrest and his life was in danger.

Faith in God is absolutely essential to sustaining a steady nature and a good spirit.

If you believe in God, and you were saved through faith in His Son, you can have this same assurance that removes all doubts, about the outcome.

Believing in God leads to the knowledge that God is in control; He’s in control of our lives and everything that surrounds us.

He is powerful.

I don’t believe that we have any idea just how powerful He is.

And think about it; He’s on our side, He’s for us and He’s always close.

When we are in trouble, we can count on our God to help us.

Even though He doesn’t always remove our troubles, He will always give us the grace to get through the trouble.


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