God Will See You Through
January 20, 2008
INTRODUCTION: For many years it had been Paul's prayer to visit Rome.
Acts 19:21, "When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, 'After I have been there, I must also see Rome.'"
Romans 1:11-12, "For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established -- that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me."
Romans 1:15, "So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also."
Romans 15:23, "But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you"
One way God oftentimes blesses those who obey Him is by granting their desires.
Psalms 21:2, "You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips."
Psalms 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart."
"You take care of the depth of your life (ministry) and God will take care of the breadth"
"You make much of Him, and He will make much of you."
Note the contrast in Proverbs
Proverbs 10:24, "The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted."
It is in Acts 28 that Paul's dream becomes a reality; his desire is granted. It has been a long time coming. He spent 2 years in Caesarea in a Roman prison, two-week long storm at sea, and his four shipwrecks.
Paul could have easily written a song that Mosie Lister wrote in 1958
TILL THE STORM PASSES BY
In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
Many times Satan whispered, 'There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by'
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.
When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by."
I believe the process (journey) that God takes us through is as important as the destination, if not more so.
I. THE PLACE. 1-2
A. THE PROMISE. 1a
"escaped" (made it safely through)
Acts 27:22-25, "And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, 'Do not b ...
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