Two Sundays ago, as a conveyor of God’s word, I shared this message to our congregation in ICITE Building, Eastwood City where we meet every Sunday morning at 10:30AM. It was a message from Acts 27, the account where the apostle Paul encountered a storm at sea and was shipwrecked.
This is a summary and outline of my sermon entitled "Surviving the Storm: Four Strong Anchors in Life’s Storms".
Paul and his companions – sailors, prisoners and soldiers were caught in a storm on their way to Rome and at some point in their travel, to steady their ship, they dropped four anchors which did not prove to be effective.
The apostle stayed calm and positive throughout the journey and even gave encouragement to those he was with. How did he do that? He had four strong anchors in the midst of the storm and below is the first one.
Acts 27:23 “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me.”
Paul found that even in the midst of the raging storm he was not alone. The Lord came to him to minister peace to his heart.
When we face storms in our life, this is one unique thing a believer is assured of – the presence of God. A true believer – one who has a personal relationship with God, not only receives forgiveness of sins, eternal life and becomes a child of God at the moment of repentance and commitment to making Christ his personal Savior and Lord, that person also is indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. We know that God is omnipresent – but this kind of presence I’m talking about – the indwelling presence of God in a person - is unique only to believers.
Paul communicates this in his first letter to the believers in Corinth. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”