PERSONAL ENCOUNTER SERIES … WE RELATE TO GOD THROUGH FAITH

“… for I have faith (complete confidence) in God that it will be exactly as it was told me” [Acts 27:25 AMP]

On his way to Rome Paul along with all the people on the ship were shipwrecked. We see at least three lessons from their story:


(1) You must listen to God. If you don’t, you’ll experience heartache and loss: 
“Paul warned them: ‘Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss’…But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and…the majority decided that we should sail on” [Acts 27:9-12].Notice, being in the majority doesn’t make somebody right. Who are you listening to? Do they know God? Are they walking by faith or by human reasoning? Jesus said: “He who receives whomever I send receives Me” [John 13:20].

(2) If there is ONE BIG LESSON I’ve learned since becoming a Christ follower is that the purposes of God will always overcome the plans of men. God can actually make mistakes work for your good [Rm 8:28]. Through this shipwreck Paul landed on Malta and introduced the Gospel to the people there. Here’s the point:
  • Instead of beating ourselves up over our mistakes, or
  • Lamenting the fact that someone else caused us to go in a direction we did not intend, or
  • Arguing about who’s right and whose wrong,
try to see the hand of God in it. [Rm 8:28-29].

The Apostle Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament while in jail; look at the impact Paul had and has had on the entire world by not letting his circumstances move him away from the gifting of God on his life.  


(3) Whatever we’ve lost, God can restore. God, after all, is our Redeemer; we just need the faith to believe that simple truth about God.
“They [The people of Malta]showed us every respect and presented many gifts to us, honoring us with many honors; and when we sailed, they provided and put on [board our ship] everything we needed” [Acts 28:10 AMP]. Don’t limit God. He will use people to bless you – people you haven’t even met yet. Jesus said: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Lk 6:38). After all if God is for us who can possibly be against us?

B_encouraged; God 
will bring us through adversity whatever or where ever we find ourselves if we allow Him to. After all this is one way He allows us to get to know Him and the power of His resurrection.
We relate to God through FAITH. After all God says that His Ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. If He tells us something it will come to pass if we only have the FAITH to believe and we do not allow unbelief to shipwreck us on the way to our destination.


1Timothy 1:19 
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”

Do you have 
faith (complete confidence) in God that it will be exactly as it was told you? This speaks to unwavering faith; faith that is not diluted or contaminated by unbelief. There was no unbelief in Jesus; we are capable of not having any unbelief because the Spirit of Christ who had no unbelief in Him lives in us. He heard the Father and He believed. Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.

Jesus said in Mark 11:23 [AMP], 
“Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.” [the caveat here of course is that we ask according to His will 1Jn5:14]

“… for I have faith (complete confidence) in God that it will be exactly as it was told me” [Acts 27:25 AMP]

Blessings!

Len 

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