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Posted on 29 Jul 2015 10:50

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Acts 27:22 – 25; 29 (KJV)

22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

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

Yesterday, I wrote that the Presence of God as an anchor for us in the midst of the storms that occur in our lives. I reminded you of the song that says:

In times like these, we need a Savior; In times like these, we need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure; Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

The Presence of God is an anchor for us in a storm but knowing that God has a plan for us is another anchor that holds us steady through the storms of life.

In Acts 27:24, Paul quotes God’s angel (who visited him in the night):
Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

God told Paul,“I have a plan for your life.” Just knowing that God has a plan for your life will steady you in a crisis. You are not in it for nothing!

Every Christian ought to have a sense of destiny. You are not here on earth just to take up space; God has a specific purpose and plan for your life. Storms are simply temporary setbacks and character development on your journry toward fulfilling that purpose.

Absolutely nothing can change God’s ultimate purpose for your life unless you choose to disobey Him.

If you choose to reject His plan, He will allow you to do that, but the Scriptures teach that no outside person can change God’s plan for your life. God leaves that up to you. No matter what happens on the outside, external forces cannot alter God’s purpose for your life as long as you say, “God, I want to do your will.”

God’s purpose is greater than any situation you will ever experience. God has a plan beyond the problems you are facing right now.

Beloved, it is a dangerous thing to focus on your problems more than on your God and His purpose for your life.

God is greater than your storm and His will be done … in spite of the storm. In fact, God will use the storm to carry out His plan for you and in you!

More tomorrow.

God bless you is my prayer!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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