Tag: Acts 27-28

Safety in the will of God!

Scripture reading for November 17th: Acts 27-28

Do you really believe that God can cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him?  (Romans 8:28)  Today, we read about events in Paul’s journey to Rome for trial before Caesar.  These events were dangerous, exciting, and could have been fatal.  But God worked them for good and His purposes stood through all the trouble!

The trip from Caesarea to Rome was nearly 2000 miles by ship.  It was decided that Paul would travel by a Roman navy ship in the fall season when travel in that direction was more difficult.  As they made their way north, the centurion in charge of the prisoners, Julius,  gave special favor to Paul by allowing his friends to minister to his needs. (Acts 27:1-3)  As travel became more difficult, Paul warned the centurion and crew of impending danger and possible loss of life.  They ignored Paul’s advice and sailed on.  A great storm hit the ship and tossed it around for days.  The crew threw the cargo overboard and after more days of battering, all gave up hope of being saved.  (Acts 27:20)

Paul, again directed with a word from the Lord, encouraged the crew and passengers.  He told them that an angel of God had given him a word, “Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” The ship would be destroyed but God would spare the passengers and crew!  All 276 men on board made it safely to shore when they followed Paul’s advice!  (Acts 27:42-44)

As Paul was warming himself over a fire after swimming ashore,  a viper jumped from the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand.  (Acts 28:1-6)  Paul quickly shook the snake off into the fire and no swelling or death occurred.  This opened the islanders to Paul’s Gospel message and he began to minister to those present with miracles of healing!

When you are committed to God, life takes on a new quality of supernatural direction and hope.  God truly does work all things for His will!  We can go through shipwrecks, storms, and even snake-attacks and trust that all works out for our good and His glory!   Are you ready for today’s episode in your life?

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Everything is working for good!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Acts 27-28

The trip from Caesarea to Rome was nearly 2000 miles by ship.  It was decided that Paul would travel by a Roman navy ship in the fall season when travel in that direction was more difficult.  As they made their way north, the centurion in charge of the prisoners, Julius,  gave special favor to Paul by allowing his friends to minister to his needs. (Acts 27:1-3)  As travel became more difficult, Paul warned the centurion and crew of impending danger and possible loss of life.  They ignored Paul’s advice and sailed on.  A great storm hit the ship and tossed it around for days.  The crew threw the cargo overboard and after more days of battering, all gave up hope of being saved.  (Acts 27:20)

Paul, again encouraged the crew and passengers.  He told them that an angel of God had given him a word, “Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” The ship would be destroyed but God would spare the passengers and crew!   All 276 men on board made it safely to shore when they followed Paul’s advice!  (Acts 27:42-44)

As if the shipwreck and storm were not enough of a trial, Paul was warming himself over a fire on the beach after swimming ashore.  Suddenly, a viper jumped from the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand.  (Acts 28:1-6)  Paul quickly shook the snake off into the fire and no swelling or death occurred.  This opened the islanders to Paul’s message and he began to minister to those present with miracles of healing!  God had placed him on this island of Malta for three months to minister the Gospel to those there!  He truly does know how to work everything out for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes!

When you are committed to God, life takes on a new quality of supernatural direction and hope. We can go through shipwrecks, storms, and even snake-attacks without fear or worry!  What an exciting supernatural life!  Today God is working all the trials, troubles, and problems that we have for our good and His glory!

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Stay With the Ship!

Scripture reading for November 17th: Acts 27-28

When God has His hand on your life and you are in His will, He will care for you.  This doesn’t mean that your life will be trouble free and that you will have clear sailing from start to finish!  The health, wealth, and prosperity message may seem encouraging, but reality is sometimes different.  God does take care of all our needs if we follow Him and listen along the way.  He is working out His purposes, not ours!

Paul, in the custody of a Roman centurion named Julius, was taken by ship on the two thousand mile journey to appear in Rome before Caesar.  This journey began in late fall, at the end of the shipping season and because of this faced some dangers from incoming early storms of the winter season.  The journey was in several stages and the progress was slower than expected because of contrary winds that kept the ship from making progress.  Paul warned the centurion and soldiers of the approaching dangers of sailing late in the season.  Loss of life and cargo as well as the ship were probable.  (Acts 27:9-11)  The centurion ignored Paul and found another ship willing to sail on to a better harbor to winter in.

Things looked good when they set out, but soon a violent wind swept in and tossed the ship and its occupants.  The ship was unable to be directed because of the wind and waves.  The storm continued many days and they threw cargo overboard and lashed the ship with ropes to try to hold it together.  They gave up all hope of being saved and refused to eat.  At this point, Paul addressed the group and encouraged them with a word from the Lord.  They would all be saved but the ship would run aground and be lost.  God had spoken!  (Acts 27:21-26)

On the fourteenth night of the storm, the sailors sensed they were approaching land.   Some sailors attempted to escape by lifeboat, but Paul warned them they must stay with the ship.  “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31)  It turned out that all were saved and made it to land.  Obedience to God is important.  We must stay with the ship of Jesus Christ to be saved!  There are no other lifeboats to take us safely to heaven’s shores!

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Ship-wrecked, Snake-bitten, God-directed!

Scripture reading for November 17th: Acts 27-28

Do you really believe that God can cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him?  (Romans 8:28)  Today, we read about events in Paul’s journey to Rome for trial before Caesar.  These events were dangerous, exciting, and could have been fatal.  But God worked them for good and His purposes stood through all the trouble!  Be encouraged today as you read!

The trip from Caesarea to Rome was nearly 2000 miles by ship.  It was decided that Paul would travel by a Roman navy ship in the fall season when travel in that direction was more difficult.  As they made their way north, the centurion in charge of the prisoners, Julius,  gave special favor to Paul by allowing his friends to minister to his needs. (Acts 27:1-3)  As travel became more difficult, Paul warned the centurion and crew of impending danger and possible loss of life.  They ignored Paul’s advice and sailed on.  A great storm hit the ship and tossed it around for days.  The crew threw the cargo overboard and after more days of battering, all gave up hope of being saved.  (Acts 27:20)

Paul, again directed with a word from the Lord, encouraged the crew and passengers.  He told them that an angel of God had given him a word, “Do not be afraid, Paul.  You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” The ship would be destroyed but God would spare the passengers and crew!  God is so merciful and His purposes will stand, no matter what trouble befalls us!  All 276 men on board made it safely to shore when they followed Paul’s advice!  (Acts 27:42-44)

As if the shipwreck and storm were not enough of a trial, Paul was warming himself over a fire on the beach after swimming ashore.  Suddenly, a viper jumped from the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand.  (Acts 28:1-6)  Paul quickly shook the snake off into the fire and no swelling or death occurred.  This opened the islanders to Paul’s message and he began to minister to those present with miracles of healing!  God placed him on this island of Malta for three months to minister the Gospel to those there!

When you are committed to God, life takes on a new quality of supernatural direction and hope.  God truly does work all things for His will!  We can go through shipwrecks, storms, and even snake-attacks and trust that all works out for our good and His glory!  What an exciting supernatural life!  Are you ready for today’s episode in your life?

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