I. Expect the possibility of a storm
A. Even when you’re doing what you’re supposed to do (1 Peter 5:8)
B. The importance of prayer (Acts 27:29; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thess. 5:17)
II. Express the promises of God
A. For our own benefit (1 Corinthians 11:26; 2 Peter 1:4; Psalm 42:5)
B. For another’s benefit (Acts 9:15; Romans 1:16; Galatians 3:26-28)
III. Exhibit the presence of God
A. Our faith should be evident to all (2 Cor. 4:8-10; Philippians 4:11-13)
B. Be present in the life of others (Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 10:24-25)
IV. Experience the peace that God offers
A. Will all problems vanish? Not likely! (Acts 27:21-26)
B. Again, the importance of prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
Day 51/260: Read Acts 27
On many occasions, the Scriptures tell us of the disdain non-believers—especially among the Jews—had toward Paul. He was persecuted often, thrown into prison, and eventually lost his life due to his commitment to the Lord.
Yet, there are other instances in which a great deal of respect was shown to the apostle. We see in this chapter that Julius, a Roman centurion, “treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.”
One who follows Christ does not have to do so at the expense of being kind to those outside the faith. We can disagree with non-Christians without being disagreeable. It was the apostle himself who wrote, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).
No, don’t compromise the truth. Do not condone sin. Do not give in to the temptation of rebelling against God with those around you. But be respectful toward them. Show them that Christians are not judgmental and negative toward life. Perhaps your joyful attitude could open the door to presenting the gospel to one who is currently without hope.
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Pray for the wisdom to look at the positive in adverse situations, and the proper attitude when relating to those who are unlike you.