Anchor In The Storm by Randal Ross

ANCHOR IN THE STORM
RANDAL L. ROSS
JOHN 15:1-14
JANUARY 19, 1992

INTRO: AMERICA IS AFRAID AND THEY’RE LOOKING FOR
SAFETY AND SECURITY.

A. AMERICA IS AFRAID BECAUSE IT KNOWS THE FUTURE WILL
BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED AT
ANYTIME IN THE PAST.

1. They are concerned, deeply insecure because they do
not know what to do about the future.

2. ALMOST EVERYONE CAN SENSE IT, FEEL IT! A STORM IS
COMING AND WE CAN SENSE THE TIDE CHANGING.

3. SO MANY DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. WHERE CAN THEY FIND
SAFETY IN THE STORM?

B. THE PROBLEM IS NOT THAT THIS STORM IS WORSE THAN
OTHERS JUST THAT THERE IS A SENSE OF NOT KNOWING WHAT
TO DO. HOW TO RESPOND.

ILL. ARTICLE IN AVALANCHE JOURNAL "WHY BABY BOOMERS
FEAR BUST"

Question: "Why are people more scared now, insecure
now this recession than they were of other recessions
that were worse?"

ANSWER: "Because they weren't around for the others.
This one really hits them. This time they have
responsibilities, they have families, bills, the whole
ball and chain, and this is their time."

THEY'RE WORRIED, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN THIS WAY BEFORE
AND THEY ARE FACING SOMETHING NEW--THE UNKNOWN. AND
NOTHING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN THE UNKNOWN.

C. THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT FINDING
ANCHORS IN THE STORM.

1. When you get caught in a storm you need to have
strong anchors that will hold you and stabilize you in
the midst of storms

2. ONE ANCHOR IS NOT ENOUGH! YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE
OR TWO ANCHORS. YOU NEED SEVERAL TO KEEP THE SHIP
STEADY AND AWAY FROM THE DRIVING WAVES THAT CAN DRIVE
YOU ON THE ROCKS.

ACT 27:29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon
rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and
wished for the day. (KJV)

D. THERE ARE FOUR ANCHORS IN SCRIPTURE THAT ARE GIVEN
TO US TO KEEP US, PROTECT US AND AMAZINGLY THAT BRING
GOD'S BLESSINGS IN THE STORMS OF LIFE.

1. FIRST IS VISION; vision is the God given direction ...


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