God Turns "Old Me's" Into "New Me's"
Katrina and now Rita hurricanes that have devastated the Gulf coast and suddenly people find themselves in storms. Life is like a voyage and the circumstances of life are like the weather.
Often we experience smooth sailing and then there are storms and sometimes we find ourselves caught up in those storms because we are sailing on the sea of time between two eternities.
Now let me say that many times we are caught up in storms that are not our fault and what I mean is we have done nothing wrong. And that is the way it was for Paul.
In Acts 27 we find Paul is on his way to face the judgment of the Roman Emperor Caesar aboard a prison ship. Suddenly, a terrible a storm rages. After three days everyone on board despairs of life.
Just as everyone runs out of food, Paul stand up and shouts, "Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.
But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of God told me, 'Do not be afraid, Paul.
You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.' So keep up your courage for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He said." (Acts 27:21-25)
In the midst of troubles, storms, tempestuous trials; we need to be aware that God is still in control and He is there with us. Paul's shipwreck on this island was no mistake – there were miracles to be performed & souls to be saved. As I look at the life of Paul I see that God turns "Old Me's into "New Me's.
I. THE PEACE OF GOD WAS ENJOYED
Paul has learned that life moves in cycles. It has its ups and downs. It arranges itself in peaks and valleys. Some days we're on the top; other days we're on the bottom.
The point is that normal living, with all of its pressure, problems, and hectic ...
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