June 13/Acts 27

Verse 1 > These prisoners, the sailors of the ship, and Julius were about to receive a blessing from the hand of God. The blessing would be disguised in the form of a little man and a storm. The little man was Paul and from what we know abut Paul these people on the ship would hear is his story on how he came to know Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. God put us in this world to be a blessing to others and the biggest blessing we can be is to share our story about Jesus so that other people have an opportunity to receive Jesus. If they don’t receive at least they have heard. You and I must remember that we are put here by the hand of God to be a blessing and if we share our story our lives will be anything but boring!

How was the storm a blessing? Well they got to witness first hand how a believer in Jesus would handle a storm of life and how God would rescue all of them so that not one would be lost not even those who couldn’t swim! It reminds me of these words of Jesus spoken about us > John 17:12 (NLT) — 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

Without storms we would never know the delivering power of God.

Verses 9-12 > The way to prepare for a storm is to make you sure are obeying the word of God and staying in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. If you get used to obeying the Lord before a life storm you have a better chance of obeying him during the storm. I believe the Holy Spirit warned Paul of the trouble ahead and he relayed the information to the ship’s officers.

Verse 13 > When is it that we usually get into trouble? When we don’t listen to the word of God; right? It’s just a little breeze we can make it. Its just sex, a little drink, a little look, a little unforgiveness, a little lie, a little fun and no one has to know, I just want to be accepted, that crowd doesn’t seem that bad, she doesn’t know the Lord but she has a good head on her shoulders, he seemed so nice, I felt so at home, I had no idea, etc > you can add your own, little thing, that led to a storm.

Verses 14-17 > Wham! before you know it emotions run wild and you are in too deep and it becomes too hard to turn back.

Verses 18-26 > We may have been unfaithful to God but he is always faithful to us. He breaks into the storm to speak a word of encouragement. Are you in a storm now? Open your bible and let the Lord speak a word to you. Then hang onto that word even though the storm is still raging. Take courage and believe God.

Psalm 91:4 (NLT) — 4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Verses 27-32 > You will be tempted to jump ship to get out of the storm somehow on your own. Satan will whisper that you heard wrong and God isn’t going to help you. Don’t listen to him. Get rid of anything that will cause you to disobey God again. God is using this storm to shape you into the person he wants you to be; a person that trusts him more and more. It doesn’t matter if you are in the storm because of your bad judgment or because of someone else’s bad judgment, or if it was God’s making, God will use it to work it for good. Romans 8:28

Verse 31 > continued disobedience to God’s word will always lead to some kind of dead > physical, spiritual, mental, emotional etc.

Verse 35 > Sometimes your best witness to others is you praying before you eat a meal.

Verses 33-38 > One way to encourage yourself in the midst of a storm is to begin to thank God for what you do have, for how he has provided in the past, for his goodness and faithfulness. Give thanks thrills the heart of God and he will encourage you. Don’t believe me? Try it.

Psalm 50:23 (NLT) — 23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Verses 39-44 > God always honors his word. He watches over his word to see that it is carried out. Just like these guys in the story were blessed by the word of God which came through Paul you will be blessed as you obey his word and watch him bring you through the storm. Like Paul you may be in a storm not of your own doing but so that you can help others. Their salvation may happen because they observed how you handled a storm!

Jeremiah 1:12 (ESV) — 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

The storms of life are inevitable. Be like Paul stay close to God, obey his word, know his word, speak his word and stay grateful. Do this before the storm, during the storm, and after the storm. God will be honored, you will survive and others will be blessed!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Nicole M Hamilton says:

    I love what you said about maintaining an attitude of thankfulness through life’s storms! I believe being thankful for what you do have and for what God has done for you in the past is a huge key in fighting temptation and discouragement and keeping your faith and witness strong. I have found that people are much more receptive to me telling them about Jesus after they have seen how God has personally helped me through a storm, because that’s how they know that my faith is real.

  2. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul warned the sailors not to leave the first port in Crete because it was too late in the fall. Sounds like the situation of the Edmond Fitzgerald except this ship had Paul on it. He listened to God and led to saving all the sailors. When they wanted to depend on themselves and get in the lifeboat he cut the ropes on the lifeboat because salvation only comes through God. In the storms of your life do you depend on the lifeboat you outfitted or the God who promised that He would never leave or desert you?