The mighty hand of God’s providence is woven throughout this story. The boat comes to an emergency landing on the island of Malta. Nobody dies. In fact, an angel Paul had announced that no one die because God has a higher purpose - to show not only the fury of his power in the storm, but in his great mercy, sparing their lives.
I remember going on vacation 11 years ago we had a plan and a map showed me every highway and town I needed to go through. It even pointed to the final destination. But the map wasn’t enough – I soon found out that if I didn’t may attention to the road signs along the way I would get lost.
That’s exactly what happened to me on my way home from my first trip. I thought I was on the right road…as I looked at the map it appeared I was headed down the right highway, but when I finally started paying attention to the road signs I realized I was off track.
I needed the map, but it was the road signs that kept me on course.
The same can be said for our entire life! God has given us a practical life map to live our lives for Him. He’s pointed to our final destination. The Bible tells us which roads we should travel. It explains everything we need to know for this trip through life on our way to heaven.
But just knowing the direction, the highways is not enough. We need some road signs to help us make sure we are headed in the right direction.
Another way to say this is – sometimes we need to now “what now?” What do I do when I don’t know what to do? Where do I turn when I don’t know when direction to go?
Have you ever been that frustrated? You just didn’t know what to do or which way to turn?
In the end the problem was that you were not reading the road signs. God posts them along our way – but we have to pay attention.
So the next few weeks I want to discover together six road signs for life; six specific signs that, if you follow them, will guide you in the right direction – always. This a 100% guarantee. If you answer these questions and follow God’s direction you will be assured of the right answer.
How do I know? Because God’s Word guarantees it!
Proverbs 2:9 promises: “you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time.”
Did you catch that? “you will know how to find the right course of action every time.”
If you want to make sure you are always going in the right direction, if you want to make sure your decisions are always the best, then follow these six road signs.
But settling into a rut is dangerous. As Will Rogers used to say, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there!”
What does it take to get you moving? There are THREE common motivators:
PAIN – motivates us to change. Often it’s not “seeing the light” that gets us going, but “feeling the heat.” You delay the dentist appointment until the pain is unbearable.
PRESSURE – when the doctor says “Lose 50 pounds or die,” or the boss says “Improve performance or be fired.” The problem with pressure as a motivator is that it doesn’t last. When the pressure subsides, so does your motivation. There is a better motivator.
PERSPECTIVE – when you see the big picture, or when you’re inspired by a challenging vision or purpose. Then, you realize that you’re wasting your potential.
Now, here are four steps you can use to break yourself out of a rut:
ASSUME responsibility. Refuse to be either an Excuser (rationalize failure) or an Accuser (blame others). Instead, be a CHOOSER and choose to break out of the same old routines.
BELIEVE your church can change! Stop saying “I can’t” and start saying “God can!”
CLARIFY what you really want. Write down specifically what you’d like to see change.
DON’T WAIT for ideal circumstances. Stop saying “When things settle down ….” Do it now! “One of these days” is really NONE of these days.
PRAY THIS: “God help me this week to do something differently today and to do it better. Give me your strength to change my life.”
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It’s a tragedy to get up out of your bed and come to a place of worship every Sunday and never experience the presence the power and the presence of God – that’s a real tragedy.
But if the truth be told, I believe that that is a trend that is fast becoming the order of the day in many of our so called churches today.
Church is not what it used to be – one time ago our grand-parents and those who went before us, even though they didn’t have cushion pews, air conditions and all the sophistication of music, sound system, and other technological aids, one thing I do remember is that they had a genuine love and sincerity for the things of God and for the worship of God, but we losing that by the day and what has replaced it for the most part is a form of godliness and a performance based worship where folks are seeking first and foremost to please and satisfy themselves while failing to remember that worship is about God and God alone.
And so my brothers and sister, we who are here must do all that we can to avoid that kind of spirit, especially in this day and age when everything around us is falling apart and nothing much seems to make sense anymore.
The Church of the living God cannot become a playground where people come to hang out on Sunday for two hours or so then go back home to eat peas and rice….. If ever a time we need the power and the presence of God is now.
Yes we are doing a lot of things right but if those things are void of the power of the Holy Spirit then we are no better off than the rotary or Toastmasters clubs that meet weekly just the way we do.
I don’t know about you, but at this stage of my Christian journey, I can’t settle for a just “casual – like everyone else” kind of Christianity – a mediocre kind of praise and a getting by kind of worship – I don’t know about you but God has been good to me, he has done great things in my life and I haven’t come this far to settle for just business as usual, I want to experience the power of God every time I enter into these door’s.
A lot of people asked for a copy of the poem I used at church tonight here you can download a PDF by clicking on the blue link below. It is also posted of my Facebook.
I pray that it is a blessing to you as much as it is my now i did not write it i found it many years ago. Feel free to download and comment.
P.S. Pay no attention to the look of my blog i have been so busy doing websites for others my site as been put on the back burner.