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Trusting During the Storm - Part 4

THE PROMISES OF GOD            Page 2

** Would you agree that it was the will of God, that Paul would travel to Rome and witness for the sake of the gospel there?

Absolutely, "so you must witness at Rome also".

** As you recall our study last time, what were some of the elements of God's will for Paul, in getting him to Rome?

1) He was imprisoned for two years in Caesarea and witnessed the whole time to Felix.

2) He appeared before Festus and King Agrippa.

3) He sailed during the most dangerous time of year for that region of the world.

4) He spent two weeks being tossed like a cork by a violent typhoon.

5) He survived a shipwreck and the threat of being killed by the guards.

6) When he finally got safely on shore, he was bitten by a poisonous snake. (Acts 28:3)

** Did any of these things prevent Paul from receiving the promise of God?

No! They actually were all used to accomplish the very thing that God had promised. Paul's ministry was enhanced by the two years he would then spend under Roman guard.
cf. Acts 28:30-31

** How do the lessons learned from Paul's experience help us to be equipped for what God has for us to do?

If our only desire is to do the "will of Him who sent me" (John 4:34), we will trust the Lord no matter what elements of life we encounter in the fulfilling of His promises to us.

The promises of God are broad in scope and touch every area of our life as Christians; they include, but are not limited to, promises made to the Afflicted, to Backsliders, Children, Orphans, Widows, the Penitent, the Righteous and Seekers. They encompass the spiritual blessings from God, the goodness of God as well as the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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