Stay on your ship

Acts 27:27-32 (MSG)

On the fourteenth night, adrift somewhere on the Adriatic Sea, at about midnight the sailors sensed that we were approaching land. Sounding, they measured a depth of 120 feet, and shortly after that ninety feet. Afraid that we were about to run aground, they threw out four anchors and prayed for daylight.

Some of the sailors tried to jump ship. They let down the lifeboat, pretending they were going to set out more anchors from the bow. Paul saw through their guise and told the centurion and his soldiers, “If these sailors don’t stay with the ship, we’re all going down.” So the soldiers cut the lines to the lifeboat and let it drift off.

The ship here represents what we are to cling to, our safety, our Lord. Our safety is assured when we remain in Him. While it may be tempting to abandon it, don’t jump ship!

In the midst of a storm, fear can take us away from our destination and lead us toward death. This is what happened to the sailors as they deviously disobeyed Paul by letting down lifeboats.

While there are many lifeboats we can jump on during our storm, what you might think is a lifeboat is often a trap, a lie that will drift you far away from your Source, your Ship.

These so-called life boats may present themselves in different ways such as idols, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy or pride. They are a death trap leading you away from truth. Paul says, ‘if you don’t stay with the ship, you are going down’.

It’s time for us to CUT THE ROPES to our alternative life source (our back up plans) and stay on the ship. Stay on the course God has shown you, don’t take any shortcuts and your ship will arrive safely!

When you encounter Jesus

Acts 26:12-16 (MSG)

“One day on my way to Damascus, armed as always with papers from the high priests authorizing my action, right in the middle of the day a blaze of light, light outshining the sun, poured out of the sky on me and my companions. Oh, King, it was so bright! We fell flat on our faces. Then I heard a voice in Hebrew: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me? Why do you insist on going against the grain?’

“I said, ‘Who are you, Master?’

“The voice answered, ‘I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down like an animal. But now, up on your feet—I have a job for you. I’ve handpicked you to be a servant and witness to what’s happened today, and to what I am going to show you.

Paul’s experience with Jesus had completely transformed him. One moment he is persecuting Christians and the next he is turning people around him into believers!

There was no denying it was a dramatic encounter with the King that left him changed forever.

This is how quickly Jesus can transform those, who are yet to find Him, into divine relationship. In an instant, in the flash of a light we become a new creation.

When you have a supernatural experience like this, when you encounter Jesus, you will come across pretty crazy to most.

Festus’ response shows his unbelief by labelling him as insane (See v24). But Paul’s passion generated a different response in King Agrippa saying “keep this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!” v28

Your encounter with Jesus has the potential to change those around you. So believe that God will touch you in a supernatural way, transform you, set you on fire and release you into sharing the gospel and turning hearts toward the King of Kings.

What really matters

Acts 21:10-13 (MSG)

After several days of visiting, a prophet from Judea by the name of Agabus came down to see us. He went right up to Paul, took Paul’s belt, and, in a dramatic gesture, tied himself up, hands and feet. He said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: The Jews in Jerusalem are going to tie up the man who owns this belt just like this and hand him over to godless unbelievers.”

When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?”

Paul was so unaffected by what people might do to him. He had no fear. No matter whether he was arrested or murdered, all that mattered to him was that he was obedient to Christ.

What a great example for us to follow. If only we would adopt that same mindset and forget what others might think is the right decision.

We need to trust God no matter what lies ahead and just follow His lead.

The issue, Paul says is, ‘even though I will go through very troublesome times, what God wants to do through my obedience is all that I care about.’

God wants to do miracles through your obedience. So next time you hear that still small voice, don’t hesitate, but obey! Yay!

Invite the outsiders

Luke 5:29-32 (MSG)

“Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. “What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and ‘sinners’?”
Jesus heard about it and spoke up, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting outsiders, not insiders—an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out.”

Jesus has a heart for the lost, the sick and the hurting. While He did spend time making disciples, He avoided the Pharisees who thought they had it all together.

He ate with those who were unsaved, uneducated, sinners and others whom society looked down upon.

Why would He spend all His time with the healthy when He could be far more effective at showing God’s love to the broken hearted?

It is important for us also to extend invitations to the sick; that is, those who need a Saviour and are yet to find Him.

Sharing a meal with someone releases a spiritual connection enabling God to open their blind eyes. There is a presence during a meal setting to transform hearts and bring healing, caused by a covenant created between those sharing the meal.

Jesus broke bread to signal a relationship covenant with those He ate with. We also need to create an atmosphere for God to unite with the lost. As we bring the Holy Spirit to the table and invite outsiders, we will see changed lives inside and out.

God’s favour is on you!

Ecclesiastes 9:7-8 (NIV)

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.”

Did you hear that? It is NOW that God favours what you do.

How have you gained such favour with the King? Did you do something special to deserve this? No. You only continued in faithfulness.

Your loyalty and dedication has risen as a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Now it is the time of favour for you, your time of reaping and multiplication. Whatever you put your hand to will be blessed.

Wherever your feet tread will be your territory. Remember to have joy in all you do. Be glad and be thankful for it is now that God’s favour is upon you!

Not by words, but by the Spirit

Acts 20:7-12 (MSG)

We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.

Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.

Imagine that! While you are speaking, someone just falls asleep and drops out of the window! How humiliating.

Was Paul boring and monotonous as he spoke on into the night? I’m sure he tried to be exciting and persuasive.

It took a very sudden and dramatic disaster for God to get everyone’s attention. Through the Holy Spirit Paul raises Eutychus from the dead.

I love this! When we are weak, He is strong and His strength is shown through our weakness.

Paul’s actions while operating in the miraculous were far more powerful than hours of preaching about it. Without the manifestation his speech is dead.

God will follow through with signs and wonders as we enter into a place of faith and truth. As He reveals truth through His Word, we will never fail to be amazed at the miracles that will follow.

Every chance with God

Luke 18:27 (MSG)

“No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”

Jesus is reminding us here that we cannot do things in our own strength.
Although we are tempted to push and strive we will just end up disappointed and stressed because we are coming up against God’s desire to help us.

Imagine a father desiring more than ever to buy his son his first car. The colour and model are exactly what the son likes and the father longs to surprise him with it knowing he will be overjoyed.

But what if the son does not accept the father’s gift and decides instead that he would work overtime to pay for it himself. Soon, the son realises he can’t possibly work hard enough to pay for it and with regret, wishes he had taken up His father’s offer.

We must believe God’s Word and take up His offer. If it is God’s promised gift, and we trust Him to do it on our behalf we will be able to see things that would otherwise have been impossible come to pass.

What is in front of you that you know you can’t do on your own?
Don’t even try. That’s right, you can’t aside from Him no matter how hard you try.

But when you trust God to do it you have every chance in the world to see it happen!

After the pruning…(prophetic word: video 5)

Have you experienced a real shake up recently?
At the time you really could not see a way out or how you could overcome?

The bible talks about pruning and the increase that follows. Check out this latest prophetic video to discover the harvest blessing that awaits you…

One thing fast on the heels of another

Amos 9:13-15 (MSG)

“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.
“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel:
“They’ll rebuild their ruined cities.
They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine.
They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables.
And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land.
They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.
God, your God, says so.”

What a great promise from God! Things have been unfolding at a fairly consistent pace until now. You’ve been moving, but just not as fast as you had hoped.

You have been waiting for this moment when God would speed it all up and propel you into a snowball effect of exponential growth. Well, wait no longer because things will accelerate so quickly that only by God’s grace will you keep up.

As quickly as you plant, you will harvest, plant and harvest. You look around and more harvest, more blessings!

Amazing! Things that you have planted years ago will be reaped in this season. This is abundance, overflow and multiplication.

God will position you in your land and securely plant you there. No longer will you be tossed from place to place but blessings will come to you.

He has saved His best wine for now and will transform water into mature wine. Wine is pouring and overflowing off your mountain so let it flow down over your head and completely saturate you in His glory!

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