By Pastor Adeniyi Daniel
Acts 27:1& 3- And when it was DETERMINED that we should sail into Italy, THEY DELIVERED PAUL AND CERTAIN OTHER PRISONERS UNTO ONE NAMED JULIUS, a centurion of Augustus’ band. And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
There is the determined counsel of God. There is also the determined counsel of the devil. In life we are delivered from the hands of our parents then our teachers. May God deliver our children from the hands of evil teachers. Sometimes we are in the hands of a spouse we knew nothing about before we married them. At times we find ourselves under the leadership of an impossible boss. How did you launch into the situation you currently find yourself? May God give us kind bosses.
As we go through the journey of life may God give us good friends. Good friends should be kept and added to our circle of good friends. Who has God placed in our lives to refresh us? May God place us into the hands of people who would do us good. May God give us worthy friends and make us worthy friends to others.
The human nature is blind. It is only God that knows where a person ought to be. He knows the end from the beginning. Ask God what city you should reside in. A person can remain in one spot for years unless God intervenes. Without God in a person’s life, the devil can keep that person in bondage for the rest of his life! Friends, if you don’t have God, you have no future. May God order our lives and deliver us from the hands of WHOSOEVER it is that may be holding us back in any way. If God be for us, who can be against us? A boss who does not like you may post you to another department that other do not want to go but God can turn the wilderness into the garden of the Lord! God can turn it around for your good!
Examples of the evil testament of life are: Five years passing us by with no major growth in finances, 20 years in debt, 10 years in marriage that keeps going from bad to worse, or even being sentenced to 30 years mortgage when the banks know a person could lose his/her job at any time! God sent destiny helpers to David “EVERYDAY”. May God send you destiny helpers daily! The bible reference in Acts 27 is about Paul’s ordeal on a ship. This encounter can be compared to the impossible situations that is the characteristics of many lives. Let’s take a look at the following verses from Acts 27 taking note of the capitalized words:
Acts 27:7-9 And when we had sailed SLOWLY many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. Now when MUCH TIME WAS SPENT, and when SAILING WAS NOW DANGEROUS, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them.
Paul was an “Apostle” yet suffered many things. The challenges of life does not exclude anybody. God will change your story for good in Jesus’ name! In the day of trouble, may God send counselors your way! Let’s look at verses 10 and 11 of Acts 27:
Acts 27:10-11 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
The centurion did not hearken to the prophet’s voice. The bible tells us in the book of Proverbs to obey the instructions of our father. Singles, it is not wise to decide who you will marry on your own. You just do not have all the insights necessary for the decision. There are people around you who are not right for you. Allow God to guide you. Check out verse 13 of Acts 27:
Acts 27:13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. BUT NOT LONG AFTER THERE AROSE AGAINST IT A TEMPESTUOUS WIND, called Euroclydon.
Many times in the journey of life, just when you think things have started to go well, something else happens! There are troubles in life that you can’t handle. Check out verse 15 of the same scripture:
Acts 27:15 And when the ship was CAUGHT, and COULD NOT BEAR up into the wind, we let her drive.
There are impossible battles in life. In verses 17 -19 below the bible tells us Paul and the others feared that their ship would fall into quick sand! The storm was so bad that at one point they started throwing their belongings into the sea!
Acts 27:17-19 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the QUICKSANDS, strake sail, and so were driven. And we being exceedingly TOSSED WITH A TEMPEST, the next day THE LIGHTENED THE SHIP; And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
Friends, there storms in life so severe that a man feels he has to sell all his belongings just to keep his head above water! As you read Acts 27, you will see that almost EVERY verse was about an impossible situation that it took only God to intervene! Their boat was shattered but God had already told them that there would be not casualty. Let us pray…
Father God, no matter what the enemy can assault me with, always arise for my immediate deliverance! Lord, arise for my defense! Anyway the enemy rises against me, always fight for me! Lord, don’t leave me to the storms of life! Don’t leave me to men!
Father, all the years the enemy have wasted, tonight restore them to me!
Father, you are the breath of my life. What is impossible for men to do in ten years, do it in my life in one year! Do the impossible in my life! Change my story to glory!
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it (Psalm 68:11).