THURSDAY 26TH JAN.,2017
TOPIC: HOW TO AVOID SHIPWRECK (3)
TEXT: Acts 27:13 “And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete….”
You can’t afford to be guided by circumstances alone. ‘When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they … sailed along the shore of Crete. Before very long, a wind of hurricane force …swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm’ (vs. 13-15). It’s foolish to ignore what God says, even when your circumstances seem to contradict it. Things may look good to you right now, yet you could be sailing straight into a storm. Hence, ‘this decision must be okay because I feel so good about it’ Do you know God’s Word is yea and Amen- His Word cannot change and He cannot lie. Feelings can lie, and if God says, ‘Wait in the harbour,’ you’d better do it because the Devil can arrange undesirable circumstances if you put out to sea. Notice the words: ‘When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted’. When it comes to the important decisions in your life, prayerfully engage your heart to seek God in retreats- fasting as you are led. Moses encountered God’s ways and then His acts to the children of Israel (Psalm103:7, Deut. 32:9-13). Stand on these Scriptures: ‘Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make straight your way before me’ (Psalm 5:8). ‘Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long’ (Psalm 25:5 ). ‘Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path’ (Psalm 27:11). ‘Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground’ (Psalm 143:10). When you pray His Word, He will empower you and enable and guide you to take definite steps to go in the right direction.
Meditation: Eze. 36:27, Psalm 16:11
Gen. 27; Matthew 26; Esther 3; Acts 26