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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Your Ship Of Opportunity

No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”

‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭27:21-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/act.27.21-26.nlt

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What a ship to be on. Full of unbelievers. Full of fools. They didn't heed Paul's advice not to sail, and sure enough they all found themselves in trouble. They could have all gone down. But someone was on board who trusted God. Someone who was praying. Someone who had yielded their life to God -- Paul. And in that moment of crisis, God not only answered Paul's prayer to protect him, God went a step further in His goodness and generosity and decided to spare everyone on board. EVERYONE.

All believers have a 'ship' they are sailing in, and the ships are rarely filled with just believers. God places each of us in close proximity to those that do not know Him. And because we live in a fallen world, our ships often hit troubled waters. But it's in those moments that we get the opportunity, like Paul did, to show those on board the love, encouragement, and Grace of God. 

What 'ship' are you on today? Who are you in close proximity with that God would want to bless through you? What Godly wisdom can you offer the 'crew'? What encouragement can you offer to those on board? WHAT LIVES CAN BE SAVED on the ship because you are living in relationship with God?

God puts us all on ships. Do you see the opportunities at hand?

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