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Acts 27 & 28 – God is able…

Good evening y’all. Praise God we made it to the end of the book of Acts. I have enjoyed the journey with Paul and the apostles 🙂

We will be going on a short break from tomorrow to be back on the 26th October with the book of Numbers. see more info on this from Courtneys blog

Today we will be studying Acts 27 and 28. Be blessed 🙂

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Acts 27

I love verses 23 – 25. God reassured Paul that he won’t die and the people with him on the boat.

“For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 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.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said”. (Acts 27:23-25 NLT)

God is not a man that He should lie, if He has said it, then He surely will do it (Num 23:19).

Isaiah 55: 11 says “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it”. (NLT)

Paul was so confident that God is able to do what He has said He would do. He didn’t doubt at all. Infact he was very calm in the midst of the storm. He maintained his peace to the point that he was asking the crew to eat and stop worrying. He knew God can’t fail or go back on His word. That gave him the boldness and confidence he needed to endure the storm.

Friends, pls don’t let the circumstance you are in now rob you of your peace.  Hold onto God’s word about the situation and let it encourage you to keep going.

Philippians 4: 6- 7 tells us to not be anxious about anything…and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. I believe Paul was living out this verse in this chapter.

Acts 28

God told Paul that he would testify of him in Rome in chapter 23 and that’s exactly what happened in this chapter. The word that was spoken was fulfilled 🙂

“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23:11 NIV)

I am so encouraged by chapter 27 and 28. I’m excited that God keeps His word. If we do our part, we can be rest assured that God will definitely do His part.

What has God promised you? Friends hold onto it, even if it feels highly impossible to you. With man it might be impossible, but with God all things are possible (Luke 1:37).

Psalm 27:14 says:
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

Be encouraged today, God is able to do what He said He will do. Keep trusting, praising and praying 🙂

Have a blessed evening basking in Gods goodness and glory 🙂

Jumbug … xxx

***With God all things are possible***

Acts 26 – Fighting against God?

Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Acts 26.

Be blessed 🙂

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The latter part of verse 14 caught my attention.

“We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,  ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will”.
(Acts 26:14 NLT)

It’s absolutely impossible to fight against God. He is the omnipotent, Omnipresent,  omniscient God. The one who knows everything and sees everything; there is absolutely nowhere you can hide or run from God. The Psalmist said it very well in Psalm139.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you”. (Psalm 139:7-12 NIV)

Some of us are struggling and fighting with God on a daily basis. We are running from what He has called us to do. Prophet Jonah in the bible comes to mind. God told him to go to Ninevah to preach His word to the people but He chose to run from God. God found him and hid him in the mouth of a whale for 3 days. Eventually Jonah got the message and humbled himself before God and did what God asked him to do. (See Jonah 1 :1- end and Jonah 3: 1-10)

Are you running from God or fighting against His will for your life? Why don’t you give up the fight today and surrender to His will. Truth is God’s will for us is always better than our own will for our lives. He knows us in and out. His thoughts for us is always good.  That’s the promise He gave us in Jer 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.
(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)

Let this encourage you today to surrender and let God have Hs way.

I will end with Matthew11:28 in the message  version.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Have a blessed night 🙂

Jumbug…Xxx

***With God all things are possible***