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I Believe God

I Believe God

20 February 2009

Scripture:

22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ 25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. (Acts 27:22-25)

Observation:

Two weeks into a storm that had raged night and day, blotting out the sun and stars so they had no idea where they were, an angel of God appeared to Paul with some good news and some bad news.

The good news – God is going to save them because he wants Paul to appear before Caesar and in his kindness he is going to save everyone on the ship. The bad news – the ship is going down!

Paul believed God and immediately began to speak and act on the basis of what God said. Paul looked beyond the immediate circumstances (which looked more hopeless with each passing hour) to his appointment with Caesar. Paul looked beyond the impending shipwreck and saw everyone safe on the beach.

Application:

Here are some questions this raises for me:
• Do I keep myself in a frame of mind that allows me to receive communication from God when I’m two weeks into a storm?
• At what point do I believe God? When he speaks or when I can see the beach?
• What do I do when I believe God has spoken to me? Do I take courage? Do I encourage others? Do I calmly give thanks in the face of an impending shipwreck?

So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. (Acts 27:25 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, I believe in you. I believe you. I believe it will be just as you have said. Please help me to think, talk, and act on the basis of what I believe. Today I take courage in your word. Amen!

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