Acts 27:25 Keep Up Your Courage

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:25

When on a path to accomplish something, there are often many different types of difficulties that one may face. Sometimes people are warned that these difficulties will occur, other times they are not warned.

If no warning is given, many people will end up quitting the journey and go another direction. They lose all hope that they can finish the task.

Some will keep going, despite the difficulties, if they had already been warned. They will trust others that they will be able to make it.

As Paul was on a boat headed to Rome, they ran into a bad storm. He had a vision that they would survive it, though everything looked bad. He encouraged the sailors to keep going because he had faith in what God had said.

Throughout the years there have been some people who have said that being a believer is easy. The reality is that as a human being there will be many difficulties in life. As a believer, there are even more difficulties added, because the world is against the true believer of God. Many like to look at the end of the bible and see the promise of heaven and perfect life, but forget that they are still in this world and get discouraged at the challenges bombarding them daily.

The journey through life is very difficult when one has hope in God and knows what the future can hold. It is even more difficult for those who do not have hope in God.

Every believer must keep his eyes upon God and the promises of God. He has promised that anyone who trusts in Him will make it through to the end. They can have courage to keep going through the tough times.

Just like Paul, you probably have some major problems in your life that appear to be setting you back or attempting to stop you. Do not live in fear, give up or get discouraged, God is still with you in the midst of those troubles.

Remember that Jesus saved you and will continue to save you, as long as you put your trust in Him. Have courage that God will bring you through to the end in heaven for eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you not be discouraged when you face troubles; that you will put all your hope in God and His promises; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will have courage to keep walking with God; and that God will give you the strength to keep moving forward with Him.

1 Corinthians 16:13 On Guard And Strong In Faith

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Security guards have a job that must be done to protect someone or a given place or thing. As they are doing their job, they must be alert at all times as to what is going on around them. They must also be filled with courage and strength to face possible dangers.

Depending upon what a guard is guarding, will depend upon on how dangerous his position is. The higher and greater the value, the greater the chance is of someone trying to steal or destroy it.

As Paul finishes out this first letter to the Corinthian church, he tells them to be on their guard with a firm, strong faith that is full of courage.

While the world has many things that have great value that must be guarded, the believer has something that has greater value than anything the world can offer. The believer has forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

There is no price tag that can be put on how valuable life is. Most people are willing to stand strong to guard their life. Very few are willing to die. The world strives to hold on to what they call life, but which is in reality, death.

Every believer has been forgiven of his sins and give eternal life. Yet, many believers do not guard the life that has been given them. They are willing to play with sin and live in fear. The enemy of their souls is allowed to intimidate them. They have very little courage to stand strong upon God’s word and promises.

Every believer must be aware that the enemy is out to destroy him. He must stand firm on what Jesus has done and be very bold and courageous. In the end he will win, if he holds on to his faith and is bold.

The enemy of your soul is out to get you. The world does not want you, as a believer, to win. Fill your mind with God’s word and believe it. Know that you know God’s word is true for you.

As you know God’s word for your life, keep alert, watching out for the attacks of the enemy upon your mind and life. Be willing to stand strong for God, pushing the attacks of the enemy away.

God is with you and will protect you as you trust in Him and stand strong for Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you be alert to the tactics of the enemy; that you will have the courage God provides; that you will walk in the strength of God; and that you will not give in to the attacks of the enemy.

Acts 27:25-26 Have Faith In God In Rough Waters

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island. Acts 27:25-26

Plans are made all the time by many people. As they go into the plans, often things come up that appear to throw those plans out the window. It may feel as if there is no way to accomplish the plans.

During these times, many people give up on their plans. Some others will go into extreme desperate measures to attempt accomplish their plans.

Paul was on a ship bound for Rome. During a storm, the sailors wanted to give up, due to the danger. Paul told them that God had told him they would reach their goal, but not until after a shipwreck.

On the paths of life, many things are thrown into the ways of plans. Most often individuals have very little to no control over the obstacles in the way of reaching their goals.

Even though a person does not have any real control, God does. When God lays out a path for someone to take, He will do what it takes to make it happen all the way to the end.

There will be times when the obstacle is so great, that in the human mind and ways it points to that one should quit and give up the goal. The goal of salvation is like that. One cannot be perfect or get rid of his own sin. It is a great, impossible obstacle to personally overcome, but Jesus provided a way for it to occur.

Just as Jesus overcomes sin, He can overcome every obstacle in the life of a believer. If God has called a person on a path, He will make it occur, despite the problems along the way.

God has probably called you along some path in this life. At times it may appear as though you are getting no where and are failing to accomplish that goal.

Do not give up or give in to the ways of this world’s thinking. Do not jump overboard and quit, thinking it is over and you failed. It is not over yet. Trust God will bring you through to His desired goal that He called you to.

Hold onto the promises God has given you and believe that you will accomplish what He told you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has called you to do and be; that you will trust God when in difficult times; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward; and that God will accomplish His purpose in and through you.