Acts 27:22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship
Acts 27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
1. My question to you is this:
What "Ships" are you abiding in? What "Ships" are you holding onto that are causing your life to continuously fall short of your goals, and perseverance? What "ships" are hindering your walk and your Salvation?
Some of my "ships" I need to destroy are listed in the picture. I wrote them down on my white board at home so I could focus on the message Yah was giving me.
You see, not all "ships" are tangable. Meaning you cannot see them in the physical relm, but Spritually they manifest into: Pride, Anger, self-centered, self-reliance, self-doubt, discouragement, lack of faith, and asking questions when all we need to do is Know that God will make a way. There are Many Many More "Ships" that you can Identify.
2. Now our next question is: How do we know God will make a way?
Acts 27:22 Tells us that Only the Ship will be lost. If we surrender ourselves to God and Have 100% faith in Him that He Will, Only the Ship will be destroyed. Acts 27:31 Tells us that if we abide in the ship, we cannot be saved.
God Tells us in Scripture that No Matter what we face, He will be with us and we will not be harmed. Just like the Angels who appeared to Paul, God told Israel, (us) that:
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
3. How do we know that God Will/Has already done for us what He said He Has?
Lamentations 3:22-25 (EsV)
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Proverbs 16:1-4 (ESV) The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (ESV) For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
4. What must we do in order to destroy the "Ships" that hinder us?
*For me keeping a journal helps. I write down how I am feeling, what I am thinking and I try to find ways to retrain my mind. Did you know that many things we think or feel are caused from abuse or trauma that we faced in life? By holding on to the past, we do not enjoy the present, and our present is what determines our future. By that I mean the choices we chose to make. If our past is deciding the Now, then our future is determined to never change and always reflect what once was.
*Identifying triggers that cause us emotional stress or ill feelings.
A trigger in psychology is a stimulus such as a smell, sound, or sight that triggers feelings of trauma. People typically use this term when describing posttraumatic stress (PTSD)
Common Triggers include:
Acceptance- Respect- Be Liked- Be Understood- Be Needed -Be Valued- Be in Control- Be Right Be Treated Fairly- Attention- Comfort-Freedom-Peacefulness-Balance-Consistency-Order-Variety-Love
When your brain perceives that someone has taken or plans to take one of these important things away from you, then your emotions are triggered.
You react with anger or fear, then you quickly rationalize your behavior so it makes sense. You may lose trust in the person or situation. You may lose courage or react in a way that could hurt your relationships in the future
* What does Scripture say about controling our emotions?
Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
One of our ways to escape the tempation is to identify our "Ships." The tempation to lash out when we think we are being harmed or taken advantage of. When our past is telling us things that are no longer true, we need to know how to battle our own minds better. This begins with Introspection.
* Introspection. ... In psychology, the process of introspection relies exclusively on observation of one's mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one's soul. Introspection is closely related to human self-reflectionand is contrasted with external observation.
The use of introspection as a tool for looking inward is an important part of self-awareness and is even used in psychotherapy as a way to help clients gain insight into their own feelings and behavior.
* What does Scripture say about self-awareness
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. "A Ship can take you anywhere, can get you close to your destination. But some ships are toxic and need to be destroyed. The vessel cannot go where the cargo is needed and the cargo cannot be destroyed where the vessel wrecks." - Liz Marie Angel of Ephesus 2019
Below is a sermon on Acts 27:22 and the Storm that Had to happen in order for Faith to Grow
Steven Furtick: It Had To Happen Elevation Church