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The Anchor of Peace (3 of 5)
Series: Uncharted - Finding Divine Direction in Confusing Times
‘‘I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’’
John 14:27 (NIV)
‘‘When a gentle southerly breeze came up, they weighed anchor, thinking it would be smooth sailing. But they were no sooner out to sea than a gale-force wind, the infamous nor’easter, struck. They lost all control of the ship. It was a cork in the storm.’’ Acts 27:13-15 (MSG)
Without Peace …
- I lose my strength
- I lose my direction
- I lose my hope
‘‘When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.’’ Acts 27:20 (NIV)
‘‘Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.’’ Acts 27:29 (NIV)
1. THE ANCHOR OF GOD’S PROTECTION
‘‘For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me,’’ Acts 27:23 (NLT)
‘‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.’’ Psalm 4:8 (NIV)
‘‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!’’ Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
‘‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’’ Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
2. THE ANCHOR OF GOD’S PURPOSE
‘‘and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’’’ Acts 27:24 (NLT)
Disturb Us, Lord
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters ...
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