Summary: The life of Paul was powerful because he live not by his faith, but by the FAITH OF GOD! He was aware that God was always with him.
I BELIEVE GOD!
I. PAUL ABOARD SHIP
Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. . Acts 27:21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 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 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Acts 27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Acts 27:26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. .
A. PAUL BELIEVED GOD Acts 27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God,
1. 276 men on board.
B. PAUL BELIEVE GOD’S WORD that it shall be even as it was told me
C. HOW DID HE DO IT?
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. .
1. He lived by Christ faith, or God faith.
Mk 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
He was saying “ Have the faith of God’.
2. What kind of faith does God give?
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
3. How does it come?
4. God gives it at salvation.
5. It grows through the Word. (Rom 10:17 KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
a. God faith is God consciousness.
1. Peter walking on the water
2. Feeding the multitudes.
II. PAUL ON THE ISLAND.
A. PAUL SUFFERED MUCH.
2Cor 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 2Cor 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 2Cor 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 2Cor 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 2Cor 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. .
1. He counted it as nothing.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. .