DAY 38: Take Courage! Don’t be Afraid.

Read: Acts 27:21-44

Think: Though everyone on board the ship knew it was about to sink, Paul called the crew together and said, “…take courage. None of you will lose your lives…For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and serve stood beside me and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid…God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you. So take courage!’ I believe God. It will be just as he said…” The key to Paul’s faith is that he believed what God told him. He didn’t doubt. He didn’t question. He didn’t shrink back. And he told everyone around him what he believed God was going to do. In Hebrews 11:6, we are reminded that “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” 

Act: As you come to the end of the book of Acts, take time to consider how your faith has been strengthened. Have you grown in your expectation to pray believing that God wants to do great things in your church or community or family? Have you prayed specifically and seen God do something otherwise impossible without His intervention? Have you been bold enough to share your faith in Jesus with a stranger? Have you heard God speak to you through your daily Bible reading or with a strong impression during your prayer time to do something or go somewhere that resulted in God using you to accomplish something great or small on His behalf? Has God given you courage to do something that you have never done before you began this 100 Days of Faith in Action? If you’d like to share one or more answers to these questions with me, please write to: — I’d love to hear them!

Pray: Dear Lord, I understand more clearly, by reading through the book of Acts, how much courage it takes to be a Christian. Thank you for giving me daily “marching orders” that are meant to further the Gospel, encourage the discouraged, and offer practical help to both friends and strangers on Your behalf. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who speaks to me, sometimes loudly and sometimes softly. Give me a greater awareness of Your plans for me from this day forward. I love You, Lord. Amen.

Be full of faith today!