Summary: Paul received the promise but the journey wash hard. God was with him, the Journey of life.
“Why won’t you die” Acts. 28:1-6
1 When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.
3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.
4 When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live."
5 However he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.
6 But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.
This morning Devil is asking some of you, this very question, and this morning Devil is thinking this in himself. The very same weapon I used on the last generation, the very same tactics I used on that country the very same tactics I did with other family worked. They are no more, there hope is no more, there health is no more, there generations are not more, there finance is no more,
He is asking to you to day, why won’t you die? Why wont you give up?
Why wont you quit?
.Acts. 28 Speaks about a great man named Paul
1. Last night and angel of the Lord appeared to me
A. Whom I am.
I belong to God. I have an owner. I am not an orphan. I belong to some one. If I am late some one will looks for me. If I don not show up some one will check me. If I disappear there is some one who realy care for me. I am not my own. I belong to some one. He is a rich King. He is my savior.
B. Whom I serve. I have a master. I have some accountability. I have to report to him on time. I have accountability with him. He is not bully boss. He cares for me .I am a bond slave (Dulos). I have no right. All my will belong to him.
C. He told me there would be a shipwreck. I believe that there was a shipwreck.
Then He told me that hang on to the piece of boat. (stay where you are) you will be rescued with the piece of ship.(stay in the boat, stay in the church, do no give up in Jesus, do not give up on church)
D. Hold on to the pieces, if that is all you have
Acts 27:44 – they got there on pieces (planks) of the boat.
The ship was broken into pieces but only pieces but they hold on to the pieces of ship and reached the shore.
2. Life of Paul.
His life in prison
Traveling with out any tiredness.
Almost dead numerous times
Persecution from different places and people.
Determination to fulfill the perfect will of Go. (Beat him, almost dead but when the life came back, he said let’ go back to the next village and preach)
Faith – prayed with handkerchief. No one ever done it before this way – so I am afraid to do this – he did not say that, he followed the voice of God.
3. Islanders showed mercy.
God will use the pagan people to show mercy.
People of island were Egyptians. They gave gold and silver to them.
4.Paul realized that there is no fire.
A. He put logs in the fire
When he saw that there is fire. He did not say let the pastors worry about it, let the secretary and board worry bout it. He noticed there is no fire and he decided to do some thing about it. If there is no move of God in the church, in the choir, in the preaching do something about it, pray about it fast about it , kneel down about it. The reason you are noticing it because God wanted you to be a part of it. God wanted to use you to bring the revival in the church.
B. He did not pray about it.
A natural remedy for a natural problem.
You do not need to pray to find that you need t pay tithe. You do not need to pray and find out that you need to be faithful. Any natural problem can be solved with a natural remedy. Do not waste to pray when you can just use a natural remedy. If you don’t ware warm cloth you will get sick. You do not need to pray about. Get a warm cloth and ware it. If you improperly lift weight your back will break. You don’t’ need to pray about it. Just do not lift improperly.