In Acts 27:22 (NLT) Paul is on a ship in the middle of a violent storm and says to everyone on board, “take courage!” Then in verse 24 he says, “don’t be afraid”, in verse 25 he says, “take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as HE SAID.” Paul was encouraging everyone on board and he was releasing his faith in the middle of a storm when in the natural there was no hope of surviving. Paul had received a word from the Lord, a word that he could base his faith on.
This reminds me of Abraham, he had a word from God that he and his wife would have a child and of course in the natural it was absolutely impossible; they were both too old and Sarah was barren! However, Romans 4:20 tell us “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (NKJV) Now, there’s faith for you!
Do you remember what Mary, the mother of Jesus, said to the angel Gabriel when he told her she would give birth to the Son of God? She said, “let it be to me according to your WORD.” So, she also released her faith before seeing the manifestation; her word from God would also require a miracle because she wasn’t married at this point.
Paul said in the text above from Acts, it would be “just as He said.” We have also received a word from the Lord that we can base our faith on, many of them in fact…… Just what exactly has HE SAID that we can base our faith on?
“Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe you receive them and you will have them” Mark 11:24.
“Whatever things you ask in prayer believing you will receive” Matt 21:22.
“If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes” Mark 9:23.
“If you ask anything in My name I will do it” John 14:14.
“Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full “ John 16:24.
These are just a few of the many we find in our Bibles. All these statements were made by Jesus. Let’s meditate on these words so we can build up our faith, take courage in this storm that we are going through right now and “walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Cor 5:7.