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The fierce waves and winds of this year feel like ‘shipwrecked in a storm.’ Unrelenting changes and unprecedented challenges have left us battered, beaten-down, broken, bewildered, and some even bitter.
But God says you are going to make it!
Act 27 Provides us an Analogy of Paul’s Journey via sea to Rome and Encountering a Mighty Storm.
1. Paul Sail from Rome
We are on a journey called life. Every day we carry on living our lives, pursuing happiness and success. Amidst the journey, God sent His servants to warn us of trouble ahead. We should seek Jesus, confessing and repenting of our sins, and accepting the gift of Salvation. Some took heed. Still, many didn’t listen.
Paul told them, “Men, I can see that there will be much trouble on this trip. The ship, everything in it, and even our lives may be lost!”
But they didn’t believe him and continued, then the storm hit!
2. The Storm
When the storm hit and raging, we need a safe place, an anchor, a Rock, an unshakeable, immovable, unchanging God. Jesus is calling us to come for safety, security, protection, and comfort. He promises to get us safely to the other side. Despite the devastation and the depression, the loss, the impact storm, we will make it safely to the other side with Jesus dwelling inside of us. Will you trust Him?
“For many days, we could not see the sun or the stars. The storm was terrible. We lost all hope of staying alive—we thought we would die.”
But God – Paul assured them of the promise of God.
“But now I tell you to be happy. None of you will die, but the ship will be lost.”
The men did not eat for a long time. Then one day Paul stood up before them and said, “Men, I told you not to leave Crete. You should have listened to me. Then you would not have all this trouble and loss.
But now I tell you to be happy. None of you will die, but the ship will be lost.
Last night an angel came to me from God—the God I worship and belong to.
The angel said, ‘Paul, don’t be afraid! You must stand before Caesar. And God has given you this promise: He will save the lives of all those sailing with you.’
So men, there is nothing to worry about. I trust God, and I am sure everything will happen just as his angel told me. But we will crash on an island.”
Just before dawn Paul began persuading all the people to eat something. He said, “For the past two weeks you have been waiting and watching. You have not eaten for 14 days. Now I beg you to eat something. You need it to stay alive. None of you will lose even one hair off your heads.”
After he said this, Paul took some bread and thanked God for it before all of them. He broke off a piece and began eating. All the men felt better and started eating too. (There were 276 people on the ship.)
We ate all we wanted. Then we began making the ship lighter by throwing the grain into the sea.
3. The Ship is Destroyed.
With Jesus in the vessel, no matter the situation, we will make it safe and secure, shipwrecked, but alive! Faith says you shall rebound and ‘really’ live, chayah! The Lord is the God of restoration. He is more than able to restore us and prepare us for the new era.
Paul’s ship was shipwrecked, but they made it safely with a fresh anointing for the new era.
When daylight came, the sailors saw land, but they did not know what land it was. They saw a bay with a beach and wanted to sail the ship to the beach if they could. So they cut the ropes to the anchors and left the anchors in the sea. At the same time, they untied the ropes that were holding the rudders. Then they raised the front sail into the wind and sailed toward the beach. But the ship hit a sandbank. The front of the ship stuck there and could not move. Then the big waves began to break the back of the ship to pieces.
The soldiers decided to kill the prisoners so that none of the prisoners could swim away and escape. But Julius the army officer wanted to let Paul live. So he did not allow the soldiers to kill the prisoners. He told the people who could swim to jump into the water and swim to land. The others used wooden boards or pieces of the ship. And this is how all the people went safely to land.
In the name of Jesus that you will make it. You will not only survive, but you will revive and thrive (chayah!)
You will live and not die to declare the glory of God.
You shall recover it all, big and small.
Only the Almighty God can promise the restoration of time lost, wasted, and ravished.
“I will restore the years the locusts have eaten.”
“Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose.”
– Bob Proctor
- I will make it through this storm.
- I am not alone, forever I will lift my soul into your presence, Lord.
- My God goes before me before I get tehre He is already there, already made a way for me.
- I am showered with grace and the gift of righteousness.
- I am never forsoken nor forgotten.
- Even inmy deepest darkness, I see His light breaking through.
- I am a light and I lead while I bleed.
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- My God fights my battles. He is my strength, song, defender, and refuge in the storm.
- I am not afraid.
- God has not given me a fearful spirit. He bestows upon me authority, love, and self-discipline.
- God richly blesses my provision.
- My God is faithful to bring healing to my soul and rescue in my storm.
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