Saturday, August 27, 2011

Encouragement in Life’s Storms

“Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

v.22 – “now I urge you to keep up your courage”
v.25 – “so keep up your courage”
v.36 – “they were all encouraged”


You can receive God’s encouragement by:
  • Joining with other Christians 1 Corinthians 12:27; Hebrews 10:25
    • v.2 – “Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica was with us”
    • v.3 – “…allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.”
  • Remembering His presence is with you Matthew 28:20; 2 Timothy 4:17
    • v.23 – “Last night an angel…stood beside me…”
  • Remembering that you are His possession 1 Corinthians 6:20-21; 1 Peter 1:18-19
    • v. 23 - “Last night an angel of the God whose I am…”
  • Remembering that you are His servant Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:15-16
    • v.23 – “…whom I serve…”
  • Remembering His promises Isaiah 43:1-3; Romans 8:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24
    • v.24 – You must stand trial before Caesar…”
  • Remembering that God answers prayer
    • v.44 – “…everyone reached land in safety.”
    • v.24 - “…God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”
  • Believing Him Hebrews 11:1; Mark 4:39
    • v. 25 - “…for I believe God, that it will turn out exactly as I have been told”


You can encourage others by:
  • Being with them in the storm: Luke, Aristarchus, Paul
  • Praying for them
    • v.24 - “…and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”
  • Ministering to their needs 2 Corinthians 1:4
    • v.34 – “Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive”
  • Setting a good example
    • v.35-36  – “…He took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then He broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.”
  • Telling them of God’s greatness and power to save
    • v.22-25

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