Summary: Then the storm is over, its smooth sailing, we don’t realize we are in the most dangerous part of our journey.
WATCH OUT YOU’LL Get A HOLE In YOUR BOAT
ILLUS: BOAT THRU THE STORM
Imagine you’re in a small boat and a sudden storm comes up. The sky is dark the wind is howling; the waves are raging. All of a sudden there are 20-foot swells and your boat is being tossed like a twig in a stream, one minute you are at the bottom of the swell the next moment you’re on the top. As your boat cascades down the wave you see that it’d heading for a rock, you know disaster is at hand. All of a sudden, the hand of GOD moves your boat away from the rocks. You begin calling out to the lord, asking for mercy. Then you’re back on top of the wave crashing down again, you see you are getting closer to the rocks once again GOD moves you to safety. Then the storm is over, its smooth sailing, we don’t realize we are in the most dangerous part of our journey. No wind no waves everything is great. We become complacent and think we don’t need to call on GOD. We are at ease not on the lookout for danger. We are lulled to sleep and can’t see the rocks up ahead. Destruction is coming while we are daydreaming.
SAFELY THRU THE STORM
BE CAREFUL YOU’LL GET A HOLE IN YOUR BOAT
1 Corinthians 10:12 The Message (MSG)
11-12 These are all warning markers—DANGER!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Living Bible (TLB)
12 So be careful. If you are thinking, “Oh, I would never behave like that”—let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin.
God’s Spirit and Our Own Desires (GAL 5:16-22)
16 If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. 17 The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should. 18 But if you obey the Spirit, the Law of Moses has no control over you.
19 People’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.
22 God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24 And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25 God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26 But don’t be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.
THINGS THAT CAUSE HOLES IN YOUR BOAT
1. Immoral Desires
2. Filthy thoughts
7. Like to argue
8. Wild living
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT