MAIN THEME: STRONGER IN FAITH
TITLE: THE STORM SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST YOU
Main Text: Acts 27; Romans 4:18-21
The story we have read from Acts 27 is a real story which happened, it is not fiction
Reading through the Chapter is indeed very painful witnessing the kind of trauma the people underwent in their voyage
The Christian journey is almost similar to a journey in the waters
We all like smooth sails in life. We all like smooth sails as families. We all like smooth sails as nations. Unfortunately, the journey of life is not so.
Whether you like it or not storms will arise, waves will beat on your boat, at times you will go for some days without the sun or the stars
You will all remember that day when Jesus said, “let us cross over to the other side” and the storm came upon the boat
Mark4:35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” …….. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (NKJV)
Some storms will be small, easy to ignore, easy to forget, easy to handle
Some storms will be huge, draining all your strength and hope
Acts27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
Some people will meet storms in their academic journey, some will meet storms searching for a job, marriage, fruit of the womb, pursuing business, on their children
Regardless of the storms, God has given me a message that the storm will not prevail against you
Whatever challenge you are facing today, you will emerge victorious
No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper
Greater is He inside you than the one in the world
God is about to calm every storm in your life
You shall see the hand of God
Abraham’s Timeline Of Storms
Genesis Chapter 11:-) Abraham lost his father
Chapter 12:-) Though he arrived in Canaan, there was a severe famine and he was forced to divert his route into Egypt. As if that was not enough, they took Sarah, Abraham’s wife
Chapter 13:-) There was a serious quarrel between Abraham’s servants and Lot’s servants. This forced the two blood brothers to separate and part ways
Chapter 14:-) Lot is captured, Abraham follows up with his army, fought the kings and recovered everything
Chapter 15:-) Abraham gives a special offering to God, before it is received up vultures arrive to eat away the offering
Chapter 16:-) Sarah recommend Hagar to sleep with Abraham
Chapter 17:-) This is a storm less chapter because God is doing the talking and Abraham is listening. There is however, serious pain resulting from circumcision
Chapter 18:-) Abraham has a rare privilege to host God at his house, sadly Sarah does not recognise all this and she laughs at God’s declaration
Chapter 19:-) Sodom and Gomorrah is destroyed
Chapter 20:-) There is another famine, Abraham does not go to Egypt but he goes to Gerar. The people of Gerar behave like Egyptians and take away Sarah again
Chapter 21:-) Finally Sarah has a child but the joy and celebrations only lasts for 8 verses, all of a sudden Ishmael is seen scoffing. Sarah demands that Hagar and Ishmael be sent away
Chapter 22:-) God tests Abraham and demands Isaac as an offering
Chapter 23:-) Sarah dies
Chapter 24:-) This is a storm less chapter as it focusses on Isaac’s marriage. However, marriage is such a huge step in life and obviously it attracted some form of pressure
Chapter 25:-) Abraham dies
This is the life of the man called Abraham, our father of faith
Space may not permit me to look at Joseph, Moses, Ruth, David and many other generals. Their timelines show clearly that they had to stand strong when storms arose. We call them generals today but truly they were not designed in an easy pathway. None of us would like to go through what Shadrech, Mishech and Abednego faced. Who among us would like to be like Daniel and you are cast into a den of lions? Who would like to be like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet?
The Storm Shall Not Prevail Against You
- When the disciples woke up Jesus,
Mark4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
- Jesus evaluated Lazarus’s sickness and declared the storm will not prevail
John11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
- When Jesus reached Jairus’s place, He declared that the daughter was not dead but asleep
Mark5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
But How Did Abraham Overcame Such Storms? How Did he Become The Father Of Faith?
Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Here are the life keys that Abraham implemented in his life journey
- Against all hope, Abraham believed God in hope
- He was not weak in faith
- He did not consider his body now dead
- He did not consider the deadness of Sarah’s womb
- He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief
- He was strong in faith
- He was giving glory to God
- He was fully persuaded that God will perform His word
If all of us would passionately embrace the above 8 life principles implemented by Abraham, certainly there will be no storm too huge in our lives. I urge you brethren to do your best and stand on the above 8 nuggets and surely you will emerge as an over comer
Thank you for taking time to read through this message. I will be glad to hear your testimonies of victory. Kindly get in touch with me and let me know how this message has impacted your life. If you have any special prayer requests, kindly let me know and I will gladly pray for you
God Bless You
Bishop T. Sithole