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January 31, 2022 7:00 am
Adrian Rogers will look what explanations we live on promises about a man was in a crisis to go to sleep really thought about this verse of Scripture here the case of Israel shall be slumbered asleep is the Lord is no need for both of us to stay up all night I go to sleep while you stay away. The Bible says that will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on the because the trust welcome to love worth finding the true profound truth.
Simply stated by Adrian Rogers troubles come and go every day but every so often we come up against an unexpected circumstance that is off court part one of today's message. We learned that life is not a problem to be solved. It's a mystery to be lived life is in a series of good than bad. Good and bad run parallel happening simultaneously working together.
If you have your Bible turn to acts chapter 12 as Adrian Rogers shares part two of Christ, of every crisis. How do you handle a crisis. What you do in times of crisis. I wanted you before thoughts today, but now because you will.
You may need them right now some of you will listing me right now are in the very midst of a genuine crisis, but if not you will be number one, we should respect. Respect the mystery of God's providence of God's providence as you look in this chapter, there is one word that comes through. It is providence that is going to see the hidden hand of God. God is going to be working in a mysterious way and inexplicable way. God is going to be in the shadows arranging things, moving things that people cannot see and that may be very true in your life right now God is working but you cannot see God work. You may be in the middle of chaos right now.
Nothing safely making sense. Everything that you thought you had nailed down is coming loose and the devil is pulling nails.
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Just because it doesn't make sense to you doesn't mean that it does not make sense. Many of us have many questions as we look at this chapter we would say well why did God let Herod the king anyway is in God. God God S. Gleick, Herod, be the king of our God tournament for all and why. Why should James be killed and Peter release. Does God have favorites is God capricious as God lost control and why all these things happen. A friend I want to tell you something we do not live by explanations life is not a problem to be solved it is a mystery to be lived and you have to back off sometimes and just simply say what I'm going to call the hidden hand of God, and you need to respect that. Now most of us most of us had the idea that we go through life and that life is all good and then like it's bad that he gets good again generally is not that way. Life is not like 40 miles of good road and then 10 miles a bad road and 60 miles. A good road, no joy. Life is more like a railroad track one rail good and one rail bad and the good and the bad same be running parallel given notice that there seems to be certain troubles and life and we can always just make them work out together. Good and bad same to Ron on parallel tracks. Now it was going to stand that.
So where we're wanting to get to the time of life will be to bad things happen you know, so I'll be glad when all this is over, and so then we can do what will you do if you're in school I'll be glad in schools over that I can start doing what I want to do if the children will be glad when the children are grown so that I can do what I want to do when I'm sick. I'll be glad when I get well so that I can begin to serve God is a will the good and the bad.
They are there and they are working together is is in life, mysterious is alive mysterious bears bad things the good things God and the crucible of his wisdom. He mixes these things together for his glory. And we know that all things work together for good.
Only by explanations friend you will never ever explain God live my promises and so you never get all figure out you should respect. Listen to this the mystery. The mystery of God's providence.
Allow God to be God. And just because it doesn't make sense to you, doesn't mean it doesn't make sense if you crisis don't demand understand okay number two you should request the ministry of God's people about what is the ministry got people it is prayer look now in verse five Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing the church on the God for him. Now there seems to be no hope for Peter. Peter is in the maximum-security prison is guarded on the outside with two guards by the door. There are 16 guards who are guarding Peter.
He must've been fairly important for 16 personal guards to guard him and besides all of that he's chain guard on this hand and exchange of God 11 hand about a man who is in a pickle.
He's in a pickle. And on top of that he is sentenced to death and wicked king says soon I'm going to execute you now that friend is a crisis.
You may think you have a crisis but Peter is really a crisis. There seems to be no hope for Peter. Nor is shot every door except one mess want to go straight up. That was the door they could not shut in a crisis. There's always prayer the devil mocks our schemes laughs in organizations ridicules our talents, but he feels our programs now. These people don't praying peers in prison they going to pray they don't have money to bribe Herod to get them out of prison they don't have political influence, but they going to pray my laugh, but friend, the devil did someone is wisely said the devil's when he sees the week of signing up on his knees. Prayer is under God and God isn't God and God controls the universe we need to learn that that when we speak and when we're praying. We are praying to God and so there's the faith of the prayer and then there's the focus of the prayer look in verse five. Again, the Bible says. Therefore, prayer was made without ceasing of the church, under God, I watch this for him. They were praying full. It was a prayer not only with intensity, with specificity, what did you pray for this morning. You know some of our prayers are so vague. If God would answer them we wouldn't know it. If God didn't answer then we would have to admit Lord save the loss this morning whether somebody just say and say well I pray somebody save me and I was present on site you know that was your part.
I know is my prayer somebody else's prayer we would have these vague general prayers.
At least when there praying for Peter Mansour came they knew was an answer to prayer is that right. It was made for him. Write about it when you visit somebody and they say to you all. Come see us sometime. I'll come see you sometime. They don't mean that not a way to say this. Hey man, I guess on the finest think you've ever seen in the freezer, cajole, combine next Saturday at five and will have a cook at they mean.
That's with specificity what you praying for what you asking God for hot when you say hello. I want to do this if I do that if God would answer your prayer with even you see there's the focus of the prayer. It was for Peter and God answered now when you crisis respect the mystery of God's providence friend request the ministry of God's people. Voicemail is that you enjoy voicemail as you call and you get a recording onto glad that heaven has an installed voicemail. Do you imagine praying and hearing the following thank you for calling heaven, your prayers are important to us. Please select one of the following options press one for request for us to for Thanksgiving, press three for complaints, press four for all other inquiries. I'm sorry that all the Angels are helping out the centers right now. However, your prayer is important to us and we will answered in the order in which it was received. Please stay on the line if you check your loved one that has been assigned heaven press five and then enter his or her Social Security number followed by the #if you get a negative response. Please hang up and try area code 666 for reservations at heaven please enter JOHM followed by the numbers 316 you get that later foreign answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs the age of the year of life on other planets and where Noah's Ark is please wait until you arrive. Our computer shows that you've already prayed once today.
Please hang up and try again tomorrow. The office is now closed for the weekend observe a religious holiday. Please pray again on Monday after 9:30 AM if you're calling after hours and needed emergency assistance, please contact your local pastor. Thank you for calling heaven onto glad it's not particular added as a goddess is called by me and I will answer they peers.
The third thing with you in a crisis. Number three. We should rest in the mastery of God speaks is the mystery of his Providence. There's the ministry of his people, and there is the mastery of his peace in the midst of the storm look in verse six and when Herod would have brought him forth the same night watch this Peter was sleeping nine Peter sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. I'm aware they were sleep is all previously and the keepers before the door Prison there is the next morning he is to be executed and there is asleep and you know you sleeping so sound that the angel asked to punch him in the ribs to wake him up.
A look, look, if you will, in verse seven, and behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him and light shine in the prison and a small side and raise him up Peers. Peter sound sleep the night before his scheduled execution. This is please. This is peace in the midst of the storm.
I thought about this as I read this is a wine how good Peter sleep in such a crisis well number one he's no longer afraid of death. He seen the risen Christ I've told you before a man is not ready to live into is no longer afraid to die Peter as saying the risen Christ and for this man. Death holds no real terrorist walk number two. He knows that God's people are praying for him. Peter knew" work bombarding heaven for him and that's the reason he was asleep and also he is aware of God's presence because he knew that the Bible says he they keep with Israel shall be the slumber sleep, I heard about a man was in a crisis a good sleep and he thought about this verse of Scripture. He they keep with Israel shall neither slumber and asleep is the Lord is no need for both of us to stay up all night good night I'm going to sleep while you stay away. The Bible says that will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on the because he trusted in the friend listen to me turn your problem would hand rolling on the Lord.
I don't care how big it is, there is the mastery of God's peace thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on the again Paul says in Philippians 4 be careful for nothing that Ms. don't worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God. Listen to the peace of God which passes all understanding shall guard shall key your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. They thought they were guarding Peter and present no God's peace was guarding God's peace said Garrison about all right, respect, Mr. God's providence request the ministry God's people. Prayer morass in the mastery of God's peace in the midst of your storm. I don't care what thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed only because he trusted in the take your eyes off the storm and put them on the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, last of all, rejoice, rejoice in the majesty of God's power.
Now do you think that God was out of control when the change was to think that God was out of control when Peter was put in prison who God is only his throne must begin in verse seven that in the old angel of the Lord came upon him, that is upon Peter light shine in the prison, and he smoked it on the side and raise him up, saying, rise up quickly and his chains fell from his hands and the angel said in him.
Guard thyself and bind all my sandals and so he did and he said a man cast thy garment about the and follow me and went out and followed him was not that was true, which was done by the angel with all the solvation when they were past the first of the second Ward they people walk around past visa cards. They came to the iron gate which lead us on to the city which opened to them of its own accord this iron day just opens up its own accord. And Peter walks all out.
It is an incredible story of God's power. But now I want to know is this a went out and passed on through one street and forth with an inverse 10 the angel departed from the angel took him only so far this in a heartbeat. So long I want to see how God's powers working here. Some people might've thought that God was weak and couldn't do anything that God was unconcerned and did not care and you may feel that in your problem you miss it. Where is God where is God is God able, doesn't God care is ever interesting thing that that Peter was deliverance came at the last moment I mean God is very leisurely in this line does not affect all of this story is marked by lesion with Angel going to wake up this bitumen rib calls on get out. What time is nevermind what time it is will make a jailbreak MAPI bully close P but only samples MAPI put on your coat. I'm if you make a jailbreak view get dressed up as you going out having put on your shoes and everything what is I hate they were going out in class when snaking out of this place where going out in real class that such leisure about the whole thing God moves in majesty and leisure and they walk out and through the first Ward 2nd Ward is down day, just swings open and then the angel leaves after that.
I'm gate opens. Peter is going to go where the prayer meeting is kind of people are there at the house. The door shut the front gate is locked and that having a prayer meeting that will Peter now is made this prison break, so he goes everywhere that prayer meeting knocks on the door will made comes in she looks through the peephole. She letting Saint Peter come in, so she goes back to God. As the door they say Road you must be having a vision, would you go. Leave us alone whimpering to pay to get out prison is Peter over here let me in. The juvenile was easy for him to get out of prison and was to get in the prayer meeting is an amazing guy if the Lord did open a prison motivated because that garden gate open to whatever was I was to learn lesson. Prayer is never an excuse for laziness. Now there is no way that Peter could open a prison gate.
There was a way that other gate could've been open how we can change water and wind that we can fill earthen pots can we Raise Lazarus from the dead, but we can take the great close off.
You see there certain things that we can do. And prayer is never an excuse for laziness, but you love the balance of the word of God. But here is God moving in majestic power. God is still on his throne now in the last part of this chapter, we don't have time to get to it, O King Herod's stricken dad because of his arrogance and his pride in the Eaton of worms is a gruesome type of thing and but you see the hidden hand of God in all and listen to me. If you are in a situation and God doesn't deliver. You remember he didn't deliver Jane is not because he can't and of God is not working according to what you can see it doesn't mean that God is not working and evil seems to succeed. Just remember that the success of evil is only temporary. Woodrow Wilson once said I had rather temporarily fail with a cause that must ultimately succeed than to temporarily succeed with the calls which must ultimately fail if you are Christ's, some of you are in a real crisis. We give you four things to remember number one don't demand understand you never figured out number two. Remember the resource of prayer. Number three.
Put your eyes upon God and rest in his love and number four expect God's power to move in his own time and in his own way and friend.
He will do it. He's the Christ of every crisis you want to be saved you prayer prayer like this. Dear God, I'm a sinner and I'm lost.
I need to be saved and I want to be saved.
Jesus died to save me. You promised the same if I would question. I do trust you right now with all my heart come in my heart, forgive my sin save me, Lord Jesus prayer from your heart and me, save me cheese and then thank him for doing tell him that you not be ashamed that you make it public that you will follow. Lord I pray that many will do that in your name I pray, amen know if you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now. We would love to celebrate you and invite you to our website and specifically to our find God's love page you'll find answers that you may need about your newfound faith.
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