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Trusting god to do miracles

(and not to do miracles)

Acts Series: ¡§Completely Irreligious, Yet Radically Christian¡¨ Part 20

Pastor Jeff Christopherson

June 1, 2003

Acts 12:1-24

The Range of Our Responses to Troubles:

1. Remaining FAITHFUL through incredible tragedy.

2. Gaining an ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE through tragedy.

3. GROWING in faith through a miraculous deliverance.

4. COMPROMISING principles to avoid perceived troubles.

5. Faith becoming SHATTERED ¡V spiritual/emotional bitterness.

What to Remember in Life¡¦s Darkest Moments:

1. God is still God in the midst of my greatest

Spiritual Disappointments.

¡§It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.¡¨ Acts 12:1-4

1. God is still God in the midst of my greatest Spiritual Disappointments.

2. God is still God in the midst of my Failing Faith.

WHAT TO REMEMBER IN SEASONS OF DARKNESS:

A. God works through Desperate prayer.

¡§So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.¡¨ Acts 12:5

¡§And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don¡¦t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God¡¦s own will.¡¨ Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)

*(Jillian White¡¦s Story)

A. God works through Desperate prayer.

B. God¡¦s power is not dependant on the Object of my prayers.

¡§The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. ¡§Quick, get up!¡¨ he said, and the chains fell off Peter¡¦s wrists. Then the angel said to him, ¡§Put on your clothes and sandals.¡¨ And Peter did so. ¡§Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,¡¨ the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, ¡§Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod¡¦s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.¡¨ Acts 12:6-12

A. God works through Desperate prayer.

B. God¡¦s power is not dependant on the Object of my prayers.


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