Anchored in the Storm

Monday, March 23, 2020

Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you’. Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me” (Acts 27:20-25).

Sometimes we do not get a revelation of our calling until something happens that demands untapped reserves of spiritual and moral courage. Often the major issue is the state of our love relationship with the heavenly Father. It is developed in the heart under the influence of the Holy Spirit. When your relationship is secure, you will carry the certainty that when you ask for an egg, He will not give you a scorpion. When you need bread, He will not give you a stone.

The ship’s captain had disregarded Paul’s warning, but there was another “Captain” aboard. The Captain of these men’s souls resided in Paul’s heart. In the natural, there was no hope left for the ship and her crew. Every step that could have been taken to increase their odds of survival was overmatched by the ferocity of the storm. At the point where all natural and human resource and ability exhausted itself, Paul’s lifestyle of communion and relationship with the Lord gave him a voice.

The presence of a Spirit-filled believer is a lifeline into a different realm. Paul was that lifeline, bringing hope, encouragement, and instruction from heaven. He knew that he would be preserved to complete the commission of God. At the same time, his presence aboard the ship meant preservation of the lives on board. Our Captain wants to use us, you and I, to carry His glory in just the same way.

One word from the glory is more than enough to silence the fiercest wind and rising flood facing your family. Christ is alive in us. Our word should be His coming from the realms of glory. Nations need healing; men need deliverance. When natural disasters and pandemics threaten defenseless populations, Christians must be equipped to carry God’s response in the midst of the storms. His people are storm warriors.

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 6:19-20).

Let's Pray: 

Father, we thank You for Your faithfulness. Let Your way be made known through this storm. Give supernatural stamina and health to thousands of medical workers called upon to extend themselves beyond their otherwise challenging responsibilities. We pray the anointing to heal would rest on every believer being called to the frontlines of this battle. Send Your angels to minister alongside them and us today. Open our eyes and ears to the realm beyond the veil that we may bring Your sure word of calm and assurance into the atmosphere around us. Give us Your voice as we stand in the gap for our nation. Stop the spread of this disease. Stop the loss of life and give answers from Your realm beyond. We pray for a turnaround in Jesus’ name. Your mercies are new every morning. We look for the Son of Righteousness to rise with healing in His wings.

We are confident and covering you and yours. Send your prayer requests to us at Join us online for the Watch of the Lord, and see you ONLINE this Sunday at 10 a.m. We will continue on this journey with Apostle Paul here tomorrow!

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Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 3/23/2020