Sunday, November 9, 2008

Go Eric!

Today, we had an awesome message in church. Our pastor has been doing a series on prayer. Today he touched on the hazards that happen in our lives and how we handle them in relation to prayer. The sermon was focused around Acts 27:29 in which the Apostle Paul was being taken to Rome via ship. He had advised those in charge not to go... but they decided to go anyway, and got into trouble.

In the middle of the chapter (verse 29) Paul writes, "Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come."

How often have you been in the midst of turmoil, in the midst of a squall? You can't see the way in front of you, you may be confused and exhausted... trying to keep your head above the circumstances that push you to and fro. You feel exhausted from what life has been bringing your way, and you are simply praying for morning to come. You are waiting for a break.

When circumstances come we are encouraged to Trust God (Acts 27:25). Paul was told by an angel that not one person on that ship would perish. He chose to trust that what God said was true.
We are to Surrender Control (Acts 27:29-32). Paul told the men to cut the ropes of the skiff and stay in the ship. Lastly, we are to move forward in faith (Acts 27:35-36). Paul began to celebrate by eating, believing that God would do what He said He would do and rescue them - likewise his shipmates saw Paul's attitude and did likewise to strengthen themselves.

God promises deliverance to those who love Him. Psalm 50:15 "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will glorify Me. Ps. 91:15 "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

In light of our country's current economic situation and other circumstances that we, as Christians, will soon face our God will deliver us. We MUST trust Him.

Great message Eric. Thank you for being a tool of the Almighty to deliver a message that was much needed.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Oh, I do miss pastor Eric... he's a keeper!

Hope you guys had a restful weekend. We're all exhausted after lots of swimming, but it was a great time, nonetheless. Have a super Monday~

Talk to you soon. love, me