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When You Cannot Face the Wind

  • When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to shore. But before long, a stormy wind beat down from shore, which is called Euroclydon. When the ship was caught and couldn't face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Acts 27:13-15 WEB.

    The Apostle Paul was a Roman prisoner scheduled to stand trial before Caesar. He was being transported to Rome by cargo ship and escorted by Roman soldiers. Soon after they left the shore, the vessel was caught in a northeaster, a terrible storm. The wind was so strong they could not face it or navigate away from it. So the ship was driven ahead of the storm for two weeks, completely out of their control. However, they were entirely under God's direction, for He controlled the wind that drove them.

    Eventually, they ran aground on a beach, and their ship broke apart on the rocks. It was the Isle of Malta. It was now the winter season, too stormy and dangerous to sail anymore. So they spent the winter on the island waiting for the weather to clear and another ship to come. The Holy Spirit began to use the Apostle Paul to heal all sickness and disease on the isle of Malta. They all came to know the Lord.

    The Isle of Malta has never been the same since Paul swam ashore that morning. He spent about three months there teaching the gospel and healing the sick, nearly 2000 years ago. Because of it, there are now more than 360 churches there. Many of them are dedicated to the Apostle Paul. Malta is still considered to be the most religious country in Europe.

    Though the storm's wind drove them across the sea, and they were helpless to steer the ship, God controlled the direction of the wind. Paul just took a side trip, and the Lord used him to bring Christianity to a remote island while on his way to Rome.

    Sometimes in life, we face storms like this. No amount of prayer, giving, or crying seems to change our course. Just remember that when a storm blows you off course, that God is controlling the direction of the wind. We will be driven right to where God wants us to be.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that You control the wind and that this will eventually pass. You will put me where I need to be. My hope is in You. I will come through this and have a testimony of Your greatness. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for the devotion today!
Mar 24
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Mar 24
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Mar 24
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

Mar 24
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank You Dion for the encouragement of this article...It keeps reminding me no matter what, The Lord is in control. Thank You for your morning devotionals. 

Today is a friend's Birthday, Jimmy Riley, he needs prayer for his health,finances & life in general. 

 

Mar 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praying for all Jimmy's needs to be met, Amen.

Mar 24
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praying with you, Sharon, for Jimmy. May the Lord draw his heart and bless him with abundance and good health. In Jesus' name, Amen

Mar 24
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank You

Mar 28
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Prayers sent for your friend Jimmy.  GOD BLESS HIM ABUNDANTLY.  PRAISE THE LORD

Mar 24
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank you

Mar 28
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

May the Lord meet all of Jimmy's needs and bless you as well (h5)

Mar 24
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank You.

 

Mar 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God you've taken me here and there in the past few years. Thank you for protecting us. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Mar 24
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. God Bless those who suffer from pain and broken hearts. God Bless us all. Amen

Mar 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes and amen Lord 

Mar 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus.You are in control.We love and worship you.

Mar 24
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Father Thank You For Of The Blessings You Have Given Me And My Family And Friends Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Mar 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for Your Blessings

Mar 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Mar 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your plans for my life, Amen.

Mar 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen my life , my hope , and my faith are in your hands Father and I will not be afraid when the storms of this life blow's up.

Mar 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for taking care and leading me through the changing winds in my life. I know that You are there and taking me to the place You want me to be, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praised be Your Holy name forever, Amen. 

We should not be afraid of the changes on our lives because God is with us always, Amen. Awesome message Pastor and Sylvia, God bless you both, Amen. 

Mar 24
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Mar 24

Oh to be driven straight into the arms of Jesus - that is my prayer!!! Thank you, Pastor Dion!!! So very sorry to have missed today's meeting, we had an important appointment to attend to, which wasn't easy to re-schedule!

Mar 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Mar 24