Acts 27: 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am , and whom I serve , 24 Saying , Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo , God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
What a powerful statement "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me". Paul was a prisoner speaking to the one who held him in captivity in the middle of an ocean, caught up in a storm that threatened to tear the boat to pieces in any given moment. Be of good cheer? Did he understand what was happening, did he feel the ship being tossed about, did he see the look of terror on the captain's face, and did he hear the sound of hopelessness and despair in their voices as they try to figure out what to do?
Yes, he understood. He even warned them not to leave port; he knew the danger that waited. He felt the ship being tossed backward and forward like a toy in the middle of the ocean, he saw them throwing things overboard to lighten the load. Oh, yes he heard the desperation and saw the despair.
Paul had a visitation from God, his God and he was confident in knowing that he knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he belonged to God and was a servant of the most high. He had heard from heaven and was given assurance about his future and those who was with him. "Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee."
From the moment he receive the promise of God he had peace, confidence and joy. It did not matter what the reality of the situation was, that the storm was raging because he had a word from God. "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me."
Paul had every reason to believe God and none not to believe God. He had been in many situations and saw the mighty hand of deliverance and power of God in action. He had experience this power in his life and in the lives of others. He had learned not to look at how insurmountable his circumstance seems to be but to look to the bigness of his God. He knew in whom he believed. God, the father, creator, way maker, deliverer, rewarder of faith, peace giver, changer of hearts and circumstances, miracle worker, faithful and able to keep his promises.
I BELIEVE GOD. The centurion ruler whose child lay dying was met by a servant as he was on his way home with Jesus and told to not bother the Master because your daughter is already dead. He did not give up but did as Jesus told him to "Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe"
I BELIEVE GOD. I encourage you to do what Jesus said to do. Mark 11:21-22 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away . 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. John 14: 1 Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me. Matt 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Psalm 62:8. Trust in him at all times, ye people; Pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. [Selah. Mark 10:27 Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God. Paul believed, he had a word from God. What storm are you facing in your life today? Find the word, the promise, begin to prophesy to yourself the word of God. Then rest in the assurance that God watches over his word to perform it and will surely perform in your life when you meet the conditions of being obedient to his word, living holy and loving him. He MUST HONOR HIS WORD.
SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS IN THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the shed blood of your son Jesus that guarantees our victory in every area of our lives. We thank you for THE WORD, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Your word is truth, light, hope, help, strength, deliverance, victorious. We believe you and we believe your word, therefore we speak your word over every situation and circumstance in our lives. We speak your word over our family, marriages, relationships, disobedient children, unsaved parents, homes, jobs, neighborhood, nations, president, mayors and governors, rage, murder, violence, depression, mental illness and sickness. We speak peace, healing, love, reconciliation, ungodly soul ties be broken, healthy relationships restored, protection, we decree that those that rule over us shall hear your word, obey your word and be transformed by your word. We choose to believe you even in the midst of the storm we will not fear, we will be of good cheer because we know whom we serve and whose we are.