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Because He Lives - He Holds the Future (2 of 3)
Series: Because He Lives
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone; because He lives, I know He holds the future. It doesn't matter what your present looks like, if you know He holds the future. You can make it through dark times, if you know the daylight is going to dawn. You can go through a lot of deep waters if you know you are not going to drown. And that is what we have as Christians, we don't fight for victory, we fight from victory, Amen? Jesus has won the victory for us; we know how it is all going to turn out, no matter how bleak it may look at the present time.
If you have your Bible, in Acts 27 we read of a dark time in the life of the apostle Paul, a stormy time. I want to read beginning in verse 9. We are going to look today at this experience of Paul when he found himself in a storm and he found himself at a time when the stars refused to shine. Acts 27:9 "now when much time was spent, when sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was now already past, Paul admires them and said to them, 'Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul." Paul was a prisoner and Paul said, we better not sail at this particular time. They were on their way to Rome, but Paul said, God said this isn't the time to sail. God says wait. And they were impatient. Folks, one of the greatest causes of getting into a storm is when we are impatient and when we fail to consult God and follow God. They went ahead and sailed and then verse 18 says, "And being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship. And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars and many days appeared and ...
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