October 27, 2017: SOAP #2885:  Job 18; Psalm 114; Acts 27-28 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 27:42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim [...]

October 27, 2017: SOAP #2885:  Job 18; Psalm 114; Acts 27-28

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 27:42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety.

Observation:   For the Roman soldiers, the decision was easy.   If the prisoners escaped, they would pay with their lives.   And since there was no way to control the prisoners in the sea, they should immediately kill them.   But there was one prisoner who had made quite an impression on the centurion in charge.   And to save that one prisoner, the centurion he would not allow any of the prisoners to be killed.

Paul's presence made a difference!   I am sure that those in danger of being killed were glad to have Paul as one of their number!

Application:   God's presence in me makes a difference in me.   My presence in the world should make a difference.   I can speak a word of cheer.   I can follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, lead me, guide me.   Shine through me.   May the love of our Heavenly Father be easily seen in me.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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