How to be Confident in a Crisis 

March 21/22, 2020

“Most people are either about to enter a storm, in the midst of a storm, or have just come through a storm.” –Billy Graham

…after the Fast. (Acts 27:9)

-Impatience

Much time had been lost…The majority decided that we should sail on hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. (Acts 27:9,12)

“The trouble is I’m in a hurry and God is not.” –Phillips Brooks

Wrong decision + wrong time = disaster 

Wrong decision + right time = a mistake 

Right decision + wrong time = unacceptance 

Right decision + right time = success

-Imprudence

The centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and the owner of the ship. (Acts 27:11)

“Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they went they were healed. (Luke 17:14)

Jesus willingly complied with the local authorities’ protocol who were charged with stewarding the health and protection of the community at large.

-Impressionable

Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on. (Acts 27:12)

-Imbalance

When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. (Acts 27:13)

1) Drift

“The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind, so we gave way to it and were driven along.” (Acts 27:15)

“…let the ship be driven along.” (Acts 27:17)

2) Discard
3) Despair

“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” (Acts 27:20)

After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said, “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage because not one of you will be lost, only the ship will be destroyed.” (Acts 27:21-22)

Crisis doesn’t create character; it confirms it. Crisis doesn’t make your character; it manifests it.

Fearing that they would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. (Acts 27:29)

Drop some anchors.

God’s presence

Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve, stood beside me and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul.” (Acts 27:23-24)

“Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar, and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” (Acts 27:24)

God’s purpose

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

Focus more on your purpose than on your problems.

God’s Promise

“So keep up your courage men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” (Acts 27:25)

“Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)