Paul our Example
Acts Chapter 27 and 28
Paul goes to Jerusalem and he is arrested. Paul appeals to see Caesar. He
and other prisoners get on a ship to go to Rome. If Paul had not appealed to
Caesar, Governor Festus and King Agrippa would have released him.
In the natural it would have been better
for Paul to have not appealed his case. But in the spiritual God had other
plans for Paul-to share the gospel in Rome.
It should be noted that Paul appealed
his case because he was innocent, not guilty. God will not bless you if you
lie to get set free or to appeal your case. You may think you are getting
away with something, but God does not honor lying. Especially Christians who
lie. A Christian who lies is taking the Name of the Lord in vain.
Start Reading Acts 27
Vs 10-11 Paul does not start a riot just because the centurion did not
listen to him.
all hope of being saved was abandoned. What Paul had said in verse 10 was
happening. Paul tells them they should have listened to him, but instead of
condemning them, he comforts the men. Here is the good news, because Paul
was a man of God and had a destiny to be filled, the lives of others were
The soldiers start listening to Paul. And Paul encouraged them to eat. He
did not see the soldiers as his enemies. They were just doing what they were
paid to do.
Vs 37 42-44
276 persons life saved because of Paul having the mind of Christ even if he
was wrongly accused. And none of the prisoners escaped. This is amazing.
Chapter 28:3-6 Powerful portion.
The fire in the storm.
All of us are going to through the
storms of life. At times our lives even get shipwrecked. It may all seem
hopeless. But in the midst of the storm God will bring the fire of revival
in our lives. The Holy Spirit kindles something within us. We feel like we
have new life and sense His warmth. The fire needs to be stirred up more so
we need to throw sticks in the fire. You know what the sticks are? They are
the things of the past. Our failures, bondages, sins, unforgiveness,
bitterness-whatever it may be. They must be thrown in the fire (consumed) if
we want the fire of God to burn in our life. If we hold onto them the fire
we will be drenched by our sin.
Here is something else to learn from
this story. As Paul when to through the sticks in the fire, a viper attached
itself to him. The serpent (satan) wants to attach himself to you. He wants
to stop you from throwing the sticks in the fire. He wants you to get so
focused on him and all his demons that you will forget about confessing your
sins and repenting. He will try to get you back into doing the very things
that need to be thrown in the fire.
What did Paul do? He shook the viper
off. He did not get worried, he just shook the viper off and keep putting
sticks in the fire. You need to shake satan and his demons off. Do it right
now. Shake them off. Start confessing your sins right now. OUT LOUD. DO IT.
EVERYTHING OUT IN THE OPEN AND INTO THE CONSUMING FIRE SO THAT YOU MAY BE
WARMED BY THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD.
Here is something else to look at. Paul
was the great Apostle Paul. Yet he is the one getting sticks to fuel the
fire. He was humble enough to be used by God to help others to be warm.
Donít get prideful with what God does in your life. Be a vessel he can use.
I meet guys all the time that are so spiritual in the jail and think they
know everything and then they get out and fall flat on their face.
Vs 8-11 Because Paul was humble enough
to gather sticks, and then shook off the viper when it bit him, God used him
to be a vessel of honor who prays for the sick and they are healed. Everyone
was getting healed. You see even though Paul was wrongly accused, he did not
get into a pity party. He was a vessel of honor in ALL circumstances.
Vs 14 Because of Paulís godly character,
when they set sail again and arrived to shore, Paul was able to stay with
friends for 7 days. That is the favor of God. Do you want the favor of God.
Then be a holy vessel of honor. Walk in the character and power of God.
1 Peter 2:18-24 (NASB)
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all
respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who
are unreasonable.  For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience
toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.  For
what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it
with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you
patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.  For you have been
called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an
example for you to follow in His steps,  who COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS
ANY DECEIT FOUND IN His mouth;  and while being reviled, He did not
revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept
entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;  and He Himself bore
our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to
righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.