Tag: Acts 27:34-37

Acting in Faith!

Scripture reading for June 11th: Acts 27, Psalm 116, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures:  Acts 27:34-37 “”. . .Therefore I urge you to take some food.  For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”  And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.  Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.  (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.)

Paul had warned the ship captain not to sail because of a coming storm.  But the ship had sailed and the storm arose, threatening to sink the ship.  Paul was encouraged by an angel who assured him not to be afraid because God had granted protection to Paul and all who traveled with him.  He shared this message and encouraged the men to eat.  He acted prophetically by faith in God’s Word!

Faith Confession: Thank You for Your Word that brings faith and encouragement of Your divine protection.  Thank You for angels who serve You and us, the heirs of salvation.

Psalm 116:5-7 “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.  the Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me.  Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”

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Encouragement through breaking bread!

Scripture reading for June 10th:  Acts 27

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 27:34-37 “”Now I urge you to take some food.  You need it to survive.  Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”  After he had said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all.  Then he broke it and began to eat it.  They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.  Altogether there were 276 of us on board.”

Paul was a prisoner on a ship headed for Rome in the storm season of approaching winter.  He had given the ship’s captain some advice–a word of knowledge about the fate of the journey.  The advice was not taken and now trouble had come upon the ship and they had been storm-tossed for 14 days.  Paul again gave insight by the Spirit about how to survive.  They must all stay with the ship and they also must take some food.  Paul demonstrated his faith and courage by taking bread, giving thanks, breaking it, and eating!  This encouraged all on board and they all safely survived the breaking up of the ship!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers take notice the pattern of Paul: taking, giving thanks, breaking, and eating!  This was the pattern of Jesus at the Last Supper!  He did this in front of the whole company on the ship and they were encouraged!  “He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.  They asked, and he brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.  He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert.”  (Psalm 105:39-41)

 

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