JOY- November 27, 2022
(Acts 27:14-15) Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.
• Joy is NOT what happens to you.
• Joy is always a CHOICE.
(1 Peter 4:12-13) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the suerings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
#1 Anchor to a promise.
(Acts 27:22-25) But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘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.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
#2 Serve those sailing with you.
(Luke 6:38 ESV) Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
#3 Be grateful while the wind blows.
(Acts 27:35 NIV) After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged...
(Acts 27:44 NIV) ...everyone reached land safely.