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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This Is A Wild Confrimation Read This-Strong Hope and Comfort

I sent the weekly email to the bible college students, I did the message yesterday, this  morning I spark up E-Sword, devotions first as always , well today Meyers devotion was my message, the text of what I sent to the students, thus I am prompted by this confirmation to post this today , as it seems this word is for the bride of Christ wild.
First Meyers and than what I sent out for the weekly, just now, wow.




June 17

COURAGE IN LIFE'S STORMS
"There stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve, saying, 'Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee.' Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken unto me."-- Act_27:23-25.

SAID A boy to his mother, "What is fear like? I have never seen him."
Paul might have said as much, because his life was hid with Christ in God. He had learned to detect the voice of Christ. Some cannot do so, for it needs the practised ear and the obedient will. But all through his Christian career the Apostle seems to have derived comfort and strength from special revelations. Through the murky darkness of the storm, Christ's ministering angel sped to his hammock, and standing beside him, bade him be of good cheer. And there is no storm that beats on our life which does not bring God's angels also to our help, though we may not see their forms or hear their voice. The one condition of Angel-help is that we belong to their Master. We must be able to say: "Whose I am, and Whom I serve."

The Prayer of Faith. In Act_27:24 the R.V. rendering is "granted." It signifies that Paul had asked and God had granted his prayer, and given him his request. What a promise this is! It is said of Miss Havergal that she went to stay with a family not one of whom was definitely for Christ. On the first night of her stay she wrote her well-known hymn, "Take my life, and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee." And during her short sojourn under that roof she won for her Lord the entire household. So we may claim that all who sail with us in the ship of our life shall become God's children.
The Courage of Faith is consistent with Commonsense. Even though Paul had God's assurance, he felt that he must do what he could, as though all depended on his sagacity. Faith ought not to make us act presumptuously or foolishly. Holy calm and stillness rule in the heart of him whose mind is stayed on God.
We are likely to encounter many storms in our life before we anchor in the Fair Haven of Eternity, but in the heart of every cyclone there is a point of rest; and in the fiercest storm that sweeps our world, we may hide in the secret place of the Most High, and sing Psa_46:1-11.

PRAYER
By day and by night, in life and in death, may I ever be true to Thee, O Lover of my Soul, my ceaseless Friend, my unchangeable Saviour. Into Thy hands I commit my spirit! AMEN.


 The Anchor Of Hope

Act 27:9  And when much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast was now already gone by, Paul admonished them,

Act 27:10  and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the lading and the ship, but also of our lives.

Act 27:11  But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship, than to those things which were spoken by Paul.

Act 27:12  And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to put to sea from thence, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter there; which is a haven of Crete, looking northeast and south-east.

Act 27:13  And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close in shore.

Act 27:14  But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is called Euraquilo:

Act 27:15  and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven.

Act 27:16  And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat:

Act 27:17  and when they had hoisted it up, they used helps, under-girding the ship; and, fearing lest they should be cast upon the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and so were driven.

Act 27:18  And as we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw the the freight overboard;

Act 27:19  and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship.

Act 27:20  And when neither sun nor stars shone upon us for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was now taken away.

Act 27:21  And when they had been long without food, then Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss.

Act 27:22  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

Act 27:23  For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve,

Act 27:24  saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee.

Act 27:25  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken unto me.

Act 27:26  But we must be cast upon a certain island.

Act 27:27  But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven to and fro in the sea of Adria, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some country:

Act 27:28  and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.

Act 27:29  And fearing lest haply we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day.

Act 27:30  And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under color as though they would lay out anchors from the foreship,

Act 27:31  Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Act 27:32  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

Act 27:33  And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take some food, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing.

Act 27:34  Wherefore I beseech you to take some food: for this is for your safety: for there shall not a hair perish from the head of any of you.

Act 27:35  And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all; and he brake it, and began to eat.

Act 27:36  Then were they all of good cheer, and themselves also took food.

Act 27:37  And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

Act 27:38  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

Act 27:39  And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they perceived a certain bay with a beach, and they took counsel whether they could drive the ship upon it.

Act 27:40  And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosing the bands of the rudders; and hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach.

Act 27:41  But lighting upon a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the foreship struck and remained unmoveable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves.

Act 27:42  And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

Act 27:43  But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stayed them from their purpose; and commanded that they who could swim should cast themselves overboard, and get first to the land;

Act 27:44  and the rest, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. And so it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to the land.

First a theological note of interest;The first verse in my text, read what Barnes says, this is a fact.


Because the fast was now already past - By the “fast” here is evidently intended the fast which occurred among the Jews on the great day of atonement. That was on the tenth of the month Tisri, which answers to a part of September and part of October. It was, therefore, the time of the autumnal equinox, and when the navigation of the Mediterranean was esteemed to be particularly dangerous, from the storms which usually occurred about that time. The ancients regarded this as a dangerous time to navigate the Mediterranean. See the proofs in Kuinoel on this place.



Paul admonished them - Paul exhorted, entreated, or persuaded them. He was somewhat accustomed to the navigation of that sea, and endeavored to persuade them not to risk the danger of sailing at that season of the year.

The day of atonement was around when this happened a saving took place, it cost, people would not listen to Paul and so they paid, he was praying the angle came and spoke to him, all will live, all will live, Paul goes out encourages the fearful people the anchor of hope, it is not this ship, it will be torn to bits, the anchor of Hope is the lord,. The one who gave the word of hope. The word is our anchor of hope, the lords presence, his ministering angels on our behalf, the trinity, amazing, hope still floats.

The meat of my message is the following;

Act 27:22  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

Act 27:23  For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve,

Act 27:24  saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee.

Act 27:25  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken unto me.

Verse 25 is the key, Paul believed God, what was said, he believed and was of cheer, many have a bible, it is the whole word, and many have one with dust on it, what a privileged to have that living word, that anchor and to believe what it says no matter how bad the storm gets.

I have always said,”The best sermon will come from a person who is going through it, has, or is on his way out, it has meat, passion, power, suffering, humbleness, brokenness, these things bring a hope, a faith that can not be put out, all have an eclipse of faith, but as an eclipse passes by so does our unbelief, or it should.

In the USA, one state has a Christian flag, did you know that? Do you know what state?
Little Rhode Island, where my wife was born and raised and I spent most of my life as a native Californian in little R.I., and ministering up and down the East Cost. The flag has an anchor, and it says Hope. It was made to be as it is. Rodger Williams Providence R.I. Founder, that place was the first spot, time on earth a place was made where tolerance of faith and single word only came in. He was banished by Puritans in Boston and R.I. Was a prison colony and Indians, Williams made very good friends with the native Americans, the out casts, the first Baptists Church in America is in Providence R.I. Amazing city, in parts, my old ground, I miss New England, and trees, this barren desert is a different storm, one of wind and sand. Little American History lesson, it has a point, the flag, the anchor, hope, a prison colony, yes, in our text the people, the main characters were almost all prisoners and the rest guards, and bloats men, but mostly prisoners.

Are you I a prison of your own making today? There is a way out, there is hope. Jer said by the lord;

Jer 31:16  Thus saith Jehovah: Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith Jehovah; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

Jer 31:17  And there is hope for thy latter end, saith Jehovah; and thy children shall come again to their own border.

Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning, we all know a morning could last a week, a month, a year, several years, but hope deferred makes the heat sick...hope, we must find hope in all things. The bible, prayer, service, hope, if mixed with faith in hearing the word, than once you say, yes, this means what It says and 3rd shipwreck or not I am going to make it by the blood of Christ, and the Power of his Spirit.
The Websters First ed. In E-Sword says of hope;

Hope
HOPE, n. [L. cupio.]

1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.

Hope gives pleasure, joy, but the flesh or good intended wish, or desire equals pain and anxiety. So many today have this anxiety, this pain and it is i9n the Church, it should be the beacon of Hope, hope is 100% different than a desire, so much pain, by so many non Christian desires, and even Christian good desires, we can base nothing on a desire a wish, but an anchor hope.

Yes beloved, there is hope in your end, there is hope and light at the end of that tunnel, the hope has a key that unlocks that prison you made for yourself and sets you free. Think, Paul was a prisoner, we have to get saved to be a slave, a bond servant of Christ, or we are not a holy prisoner but just a criminal.

Let this hope set you free, joy is abiding, a smile is hard, but the anchor still holds, even if the ship your on, your life, is battered. This is the mark of a bond servant-HOPE, in all things HOPE.
Than we can encourage others , fear not, I believe and we are a witness in jail cloths with a white robe waiting in Glory. WE see the grave cloths, we should see the white robe of righteousness, this fact, this bible promise, gives hope.
Yes;
'Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a thing accomplished is sweet to the soul'. Proverbs

It is normal to feel the way all do at times, like giving up, it makes the heart sad, but the N.T. The new covenant set us free, so we should stand on the word, and be ambassadors of free, freedom offered to all the other prisoners on your boat, called life.

May the lord bless you and keep you beloved.
Till next week, lord bless
Dr. Danny Abaldo -Dean

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