Summary: This sermon deals with God's Will for our lives.
11 After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island.
12And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days.
13From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli,
14where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome.
15And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
Some people believe that everything that happens
does happen because it is God’s will.
Let’s think about that for a moment.
Right now, millions of people are not in church this morning.
Instead, they are sleeping late, going golfing, hunting or fishing.
Some are mowing their yards while others are doing odd chores.
Is that God’s will?
Right now somewhere in this world a man is beating his wife.
Somewhere a child is being molested by an adult.
Somewhere a person is being murdered.
Are those things God’s will?
2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
So it’s not God’s will for anyone to perish!
Yet the Bible makes it clear that many perish.
Revelation 20:15 says,
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
So millions of people who reject Jesus as their Savior
do end up in hell.
God has given every person free will.
We have the ability to make our own choices.
We can choose to do what we want to do
or we can choose to do what God’s will is for our lives.
Every Christian who wants to be a good Christian
wants to know and do the will of God.
All of us were born with God’s perfect purpose in mind.
The fact that we are living proves that God has a will for us.
In the Bible, we read story after story where:
It was the Lord Who allowed the birth of a child.
It was the Lord Who shut up Hannah’s womb
until it was time for Samuel to be born.
It was the Lord Who opened the barren womb of Sarah
so that Isaac would be born.
God is truly the Author of life!
Acts 23:11 says, But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."
God promised Paul that he would preach the gospel in Rome.
Then Acts 28:16 says, Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
So Paul actually came to Rome.
He was there was a period of 3 or 4 years
with many unusual circumstances.
These were all used to bring about the will of God for Paul.
Because we are here by the will of God
what can we expect in life
as we seek to accomplish the will of God in our lives?
Point #1. We Must Allow God Time To Accomplish His Will In Our Lives.
It often takes quite a while for the fulfillment of God’s will.
We have to be patient!
I spoke earlier of Sarah having a baby.
Genesis 18:14 says, Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
Point #2. To accomplish the will of God, there is always a cost.
Usually it begins with the sacrifice of yourself.
Romans 12:1-2 says,
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Point #3. Your Friends May Be involved in Accomplishing God’s Will.
Acts 27:1 says, And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment.
The word “we” in this verse in important.
Luke who wrote the book of Acts was with Paul at this time.
So Luke was included by God in accomplishing His will for Paul.