HOPE AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE

Part 4 – Attitude That Gives Us Altitude
(Acts 16:640)

August 23, 2020
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

1. GOD CLOSES ONE DOOR BECAUSE HE WANTS TO OPEN A BETTER DOOR.  (Acts 16:6-8)

A. Acts 16:6-8  Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.  8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. (NIV)

B. Because something is happening here that has happened to your life already and will many more times in the future.

C. God closed a door so God could open another door.  And He has done this in your life and maybe is doing this in your life right now.

D. Proverbs 16:9  In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (NIV)

E. Sometimes there is a time of darkness before God turns on the light.  Don’t panic in the darkness.  The light is coming.

F. Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

 

2. BEING FAITHFUL TO GOD DOESN’T ELIMINATE DIFFICULTIES FROM COMING INTO YOUR LIFE.

Romans 8:28  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  (NLT)

 

3. A POSITIVE CHANGE IN OUR ATTITUDE IN HARD TIMES CAN RESULT IN A POWERFUL IMPACT WHEN GOD IS INVOLVED.

A. Acts 16:25-26  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. (NIV)

B. Acts 16:27-30  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”   29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  (NIV)

C. What does Paul teach us about the keys to our attitude in Acts 16?

1. Believe what you believe about God.  Believe that He really is in control and that He loves you and is intricately involved in your life.

2. Actually praise God in the hard times of life.

3. See this moment as an opportunity for God do something powerful in your life.

4. Allow the Lord to fill your heart with peace and wait for Him to do “what and when” in a way only God can do.