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Navigating Difficult Days
The Life of Christ 17
The Life of Christ 16
Have you ever felt like you’re doing all the right things but getting only bad stuff in return?
1.) Comfort in Prayer = Vs.23-30
They went to the only One Who could actually do anything about it.
In this manner prayer becomes a refuge.
They prayed Scripture.
Luke 18:1, John 15:18
We can take comfort in prayer from the One Who faced this all long before us.
2.) Comfort in Boldness = Vs.31
Acts 9:27-28, 13:46, 14:3, 18:26, 19:8 and 28:31
The early Church gained great boldness in preaching through the things they suffered.
No one can take away what God has given you.
Time is short and lives hang in the balance.
3.) Comfort in Sharing = Vs.32-37
Koinonia says, ‘What is mine is yours, I’ll share it.’
Ephesians 4:28, Luke 3:11, 1Timothy 6:18
There are few things that will comfort you in tribulation like sharing with others.
If we can’t help each other IN the Church, we won’t help anyone outside the Church.
4.) Making Lemonade = Vs.23-37
There is a blessing in suffering persecution.
1Peter 3:8-17 and 4:19
What will the world say when we react with even greater boldness in sharing the Gospel?
Boldness to share the Gospel is a prayer that God will answer every time.
The tribulations they faced emboldened them to preach even more.
The Life of Christ 15
You Have Their Attention
“Miracles are valuable not so much for what they are as for what they indicate of the grace and power of the Lord.”
1.) God, Who Gets the Glory = Vs.11-13
When God uses you, you will walk away knowing full well that it had nothing to do with you.
Matthew 6:9, 1Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17, Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 and 19, Genesis 12:3, 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, and 28:14
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
2.) Jesus, Whom You Rejected = Vs.13-16
At one time or another, we have ALL rejected Christ.
Acts 8:3, 1Corinthians 15:9, Romans 3:23
If we don’t know we are guilty, why would we need forgiveness?
3.) Ignorance, For Which You No Longer Have An Excuse = Vs.17-18
The tough thing about hearing the Gospel is, now you are accountable for what you know.
Romans 1:20, John 16:8, Mark 16:15
We are making people accountable to God, and that’s not very comfortable.
4.) The Conversion You Need = Vs.19 and 26
What you need will not happen until you are born again.
We experience inner rest when we have peace with God and then the peace OF God.
Romans 5:1-5, Philippians 4:6-7
We are ALL guilty before God, but He never leaves us with that unbearable burden.
5.) The Future You Cannot Avoid = Vs.20-25
The simple fact is, we all will stand before Him for judgment.
John 16:8, Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 10:32-33
The judgement of God is not an option, and neither is salvation in Christ.
The message of the Gospel doesn’t ignore uncomfortable truths, but it never leaves us without hope.
You have their attention; use it for the glory of God!