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Summary: The story of Horacio Spafford from his daughter’s book tells the true story of his life. The sermon helps us deal with the struggles we face in life.

"It Is Well With My Soul

PSALM 46:1-11

[1]To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

[2] Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

[3] Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

[4] There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

[5] God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

[6] The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

[7] The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

[8] Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

[9] He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

[11] The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

We all have days when we’d like to run away from it all.

Sometimes our hurt is so bad our spirit throbs inside us.

Our dreams fall apart...our hopes fade.

Our lives become wearisome drudgery.

A marriage goes bad...

Health problems develop...

Financial problems come up...

A loved one dies...

And we are tempted to give up....

Though problems will still be a given,

though difficulties will still touch us,

though hardships will be a part of our lives,

there is always a reason to keep going.

We can press on!

We can hang in there!

We can go on...when we want to give up

Horatio G. Spafford, was born in North Troy, New York,

on October 20, 1828.

As a young lawyer

Spafford established a very successful legal practice in Chicago.

Despite his financial success,

he always maintained a keen interest in Christian activities.

He enjoyed a close and active relationship

with D. L. Moody...Phillip Bliss...

and the other evangelical leaders of that era.

Spafford was described as:

“a man of unusual intelligence and refinement, deeply spiritual, and a devoted student of the Scriptures."

Horacio Spafford had a close relationship with God.



Verse 1:

1 ....God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

· Notice the descriptive words in this verses:

· Refuge: it means "a shelter or hiding place."

· Strength:... "our security, boldness, might."

· Present: He is always with us.

· Help: this word means "aid or assist."

He doesn’t leave us to our own struggles alone.

· Trouble: it means "tight spots...misery, distress, agony, suffering, aggravation, ."

· In: this preposition means "not before or after

but during, in the midst of".

· In all these problems...

God is our refuge, strength, and a present help.

· God is nearer to you than your spouse

and closer to you than your best friend...

· The Bible says in Psalm 139:

"Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Thy hand will lead me, And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.".

· Jesus said:

· "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20.

· "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." John 14:23.

Horacio Spafford had a close relationship with God.

But things started to happen to him when he was 43 years old.

On October 9th of 1871, the Great Chicago Fire started.

According to legend, a Mrs. O’Leary’s cow

kicked over a lantern in a barn to start the fire.

16 hours later, 3 and 1/2 square miles of Chicago

were burned to the ground.

Spafford’s holdings were wiped out by this disaster.

The Spaffords had a consistent history of acting on their faith.

After the Chicago fire,

they devoted countless hours to helping the survivors.

In November of 1873, Horatio Spafford planned a trip to Europe

to hear Moody preaching his revivals.

As winter began to chill their Chicago home,

Horatio, his wife Anna,

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Kendall Simpson

commented on Apr 13, 2013

According to some reports Spafford cited the account of the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4 whose son had died. When the prophet Elisha asked her how she was her response was, ?It is well.? However the honesty of this response is called into question?not only due the recent death of the woman?s son, but also this statement made by Elisha: ?Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her:? (2 Kings 4:26-27 KJV) In the NIV it says: ?She is in bitter distress.?

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