Acts 27 29 "Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved."

Paul was a prisoner on a ship headed for Italy. A storm came up. God had revealed to Paul that He would save everyone who remained in the ship. The angel in his vision told him not to be afraid because he must be brought before Caesar, therefore, he must be brought to Rome. Moreover, the angel told him that God would also give him the lives of all the men who sailed with him. Paul was a witness to the 276 men throughout this voyage. When the crew of the ship began to flee in the smaller boat, Paul told the Centurion that if they didn't stay in the ship they wouldn't all live. They would need the crew of the ship to guide them safely to the shore. Although I'm sure if they had left God would have found another way to save the others.

When we find ourselves in a bad situation it's hard to wait on God. The shipmen wanted to try to make it to shore in a smaller boat. They could have been thrown against the rocks and killed. They were in too much of a hurry to wait on Paul's God to save them. I'm afraid that's the way we get sometimes, too. We get in too big of a hurry to wait on God so we try to do it our way. We let down our little boat and off we go. God wants us to abide in the ship. He wants us to wait on Him to bring us to safety. Sometimes we will be shipwrecked, other times we may find ourselves in a dry, hot desert, but where ever we are, God wants us to abide in Him.


Acts 27 29 "4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

Without Jesus we can do nothing. We are nothing alone. I can't imagine spending one day without Him. In verse 4 of Acts 27 He tells us to abide in Him and he says He will abide in us. We can only bear fruit if we abide in Him. We can only have prayer answered if we abide in Him. I want to abide in Him every hour of every day. The problem comes when I start getting stressed out. The day gets hectic and long, everybody wants something - right now, the ship is rocking back and forth and about to sink. Sound familiar? Or sometimes it's not a day, it's a person - I've just had all I can take from one particular person. I feel like if I don't punch them out or at least give them a piece of my mind I'll explode! (Problem is I don't have enough mind left to give any away!) These times kind of sneak up on me - like a storm at sea - and if I don't abide in the ship, I smash against the rocks. I can do nothing without Jesus, I can't even make it through one rough day without Him. Without Him I would be out there on the sea of life without a sail, without a rudder, without an oar and without an anchor. Pretty soon the sharks would be circling my boat, waiting for their next meal. Now, you can try living your life without Him if you want, but ever since I watched Jaws many years ago I've been terrified of sharks! "Abide in me." Stay here in me, let me take care of this, you can do nothing on your own, leave this to me. I must remember these words the next time I'm having a bad day (or a bad person)! Such a simple plan of safety. "Abide in me." Only three little words but with so much meaning! There is only one place Christians are really safe and that is abiding in Christ!




Without Him I could do nothing,
Without Him I'd surely fail,
Without Him I would be drifting,
Like a ship without a sail.

Without Him I could be dying,
Without Him I'd be enslaved,
Without Him life would be hopeless,
But with Jesus, thank God I'm saved.

Jesus, Oh, Jesus
Do you know Him today? You can't turn Him away!
Oh, Jesus, Oh Jesus
Without Him, how lost I would be!

By Mylon Lefevre




I hope you're abiding in the ship!



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