|I BELIEVE GOD!
I. PAUL ABOARD SHIP
Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no
small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. .
Acts 27:21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and
said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete,
and to have gained this harm and loss. Acts 27:22 And now I exhort you to be of
good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the
ship. Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am,
and whom I serve, Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before
Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Acts 27:25
Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as
it was told me. Acts 27:26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. .
A. PAUL BELIEVED GOD Acts 27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good
cheer: for I believe God,
1. 276 men on board.
B. PAUL BELIEVE GOD’S WORD that it shall be even as it was
C. HOW DID HE DO IT?
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I
now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and
gave himself for me. .
1. He lived
by Christ faith, or God faith.
Mk 11:22 And
Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
He was saying “ Have the faith of God’.
2. What kind
of faith does God give?
Rom 12:3 For
I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
3. How does
4. God gives
it at salvation.
5. It grows
through the Word. (Rom 10:17 KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God.
a. God faith is God consciousness.
1. Peter walking on the water
2. Feeding the multitudes.
II. PAUL ON THE ISLAND.
A. PAUL SUFFERED MUCH.
2Cor 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool)
I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more
frequent, in deaths oft. 2Cor 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty
stripes save one. 2Cor 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned,
thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 2Cor
11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils
by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in
perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
2Cor 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and
thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. .
1. He counted it as nothing.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. .
2. Yet he was chief of apostles
2 Cor 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled
me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the
very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. .
III. I BELIEVE God!
A. MAN IN AFRICA.
We prayed for him in a hospital for cancer of his leg. He
believed God and kept singing ‘I believe, I believe God’. The new x-rays could
not find one trace of cancer.
(Mark 9:23 KJV) Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe,
all things are possible to him that believeth.
Acts 27:44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken
pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
Acts 28:1-10 1.And when they were escaped, then they knew
that the island was called Melita.
2. And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for
they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and
because of the cold.
3. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid
them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his
hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though
he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no
6. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen
down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm
come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
7. In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of
the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days
8. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick
of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid
his hands on him, and healed him.
9. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in
the island, came, and were healed:
10. Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we
departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
IV. Snake bite!
A. Paul believed Jesus’ words in Mark 16.
1. Our experience with snakes in
Africa and Central America.
B. Signs and wonders follow Paul because he lived by the
Faith of God.
C. Revival followed the ministry. Mark 16 again.
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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