ACTS 27:21-26..21 …Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.
33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not a hair from the head of any of you will perish.” 35 Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food. 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons…44b And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.
In 62 AD Paul was on a perilous 2,130 mile journey A from Jerusalem to Rome. There was great fear among the 276 people on the ship but an angel of God appeared to Paul saying “Do not be afraid” A. This command is included in the Bible in approximately 145 verses including; “fear not”, “do not fear”, “do not be afraid”, “encourage peace in God”, “not to worry” and “not to be anxious”. B The disciple is commanded to trust in God, not self or others, no matter how bad the circumstances are.
Paul was a prophet because God had revealed to him what was going to occur and it did. He was an encourager and that it is something we are commanded; “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, C He witnessed for Jesus to His 275 shipmates and later at Malta and encouraged brother disciples in Puteoli and Rome. D
Am I an encourager that creates the opportunity to witness the gospel to others?
Henry Luke 2/27/2018
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