Acts 27:13-44

Acts 27:13-44

Acts 27:44Vintage message from August 17, 1997.

The problem is, with our lives oftentimes, we fail to look at the signs. We fail to look at the warnings. We fail to look at the seasons. We only look at the circumstance we want to be in. How many times have we made decisions based on what we felt the circumstance should be of our life?…

In life, oftentimes, there are things we want to do, but there’s a warning tag attached to most of what we want to do. And you know what? When we step into these things that we want to do, and we begin to experience the hard times, one of the first things we do is we look up to God and say, “God, why did You do this to me?”…God didn’t do it…

Much of what we do it life seems fun. Much of the decisions that we want to make in life seems easy, but if we make them too quickly, if we don’t heed the warning signs, this is what happens. All of a sudden, a storm that is uncontrollable blows down on us…Have you ever felt like that? Found yourself being battered by the hardships that life brings you so that you actually began to despair of life itself? You gave up all hope?…Let me tell you, there’s not a storm you can find yourself in, that if you’ll just stop and trust the Holy Spirit, that He can’t bring you through…

But understand, if we disobey the warnings that are put before us, God will allow us to be destroyed. You know, as much as God loves us, and as much as Jesus died to take away our sins, to give us the right to stand before God and not be judged but be accepted into eternity, God still allows for us to make the choice to be destroyed. Men are dying all around us every day who’ve heard the gospel, who understand that they’re being destroyed in their life by the storms of life, they’ve heard the gospel, they’ve been given the warning, but they’re still choosing death. They’re still choosing to run away from the One Person Who can truly save their life…

Sometimes it doesn’t feel like you’re going to make it through those hard times. Sometimes you don’t see how you can make it to the other end, and you worry and you worry and you worry, or you see people around you who are worrying themselves to death because they don’t see an out. They don’t see an end. They only see the destruction happening to them, and they need an example…

All of us know that life can be hard. All of us know that we can experience some very rough times. Let me tell you, God’s Word has a very clear direction and answer. If we put our faith in what God has already told us, if we’ll just heed the warnings, we won’t find ourselves in those predicaments. But if we do find ourselves in a storm, especially a storm that we chose to sail into, we don’t have to despair. We just have to come back to our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. Turn to His Word and allow Him to give us direction.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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