Rising Above the Circumstances–Acts 28 Part 1

Sometimes, we have the opportunity to rise above the circumstances.  Such was this day in Paul’s Journey.  After being shipwrecked, Paul and the shipmates all made it to the shores of the Island of Malta.  There, locals began to assist.  Paul wasted no time.  He began building a fire to warm the passengers–and was promptly snake bit.  Everyone expected him to die–but instead, Paul just kept working.  In fact, by day’s end, Paul ended up healing every sick person on the island.
 
It is in the times when we feel like it is not worth fighting anymore, that we can have our greatest impact.  We do not know what will happen in our circumstances, but, we do know that God is in control.  As he leads, we must continue to trust him and pour our lives out to complete the mission he has assigned.  He will prepare, provide and protect us from any and all things that come our way.  Further, even if he does not, he still will bring us home to spend eternity with him…Not a bad option.  We have to walk with him and let him lead.  If we do, he will do more than amazing things even in the most dire of circumstances.
 
God Bless You
Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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