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HEAVENLY CONFIRMATION

Acts 27:23-24 “’23 For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying, “Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.”’” 

HEARING FROM GOD

Paul had tried to warn the people taking him to Rome to not travel due to the danger of storms, but why should they listen to an itinerant preacher?  What did he know about sailing?  Obviously, more than them.  The Lord had told him to go to Rome, so he knew HE would make it. But in this angelic appearance he is told that ALL on board would make it.

I don’t know about you, but if I am told by someone that they have had an angelic message, I would kind of doubt them.  Who sees angels?  Who gets messages directly from God?  We just don’t know who God will use in our lives to deliver His message to us.  Don’t dismiss someone because you can’t understand how this could happen.

TEACHING MOMENT

 How do you teach your kids to hear from God?  It’s not like an angel is going to appear every day and give them directions, right?  We teach them to hear God by praying and reading His Word.  They will hear from God by obeying His commandments.  They will hear from God when they listen (and I mean really listen) to their Pastor.

Hearing from God is not some mystical event.  God WANTS us to hear Him.  He may speak in a still small voice, but if we are listening we will ALWAYS hear it. Tell your children that.  Tell them to talk to Him daily.  And then – listen.

Are you listening today?  Do you need an angel to give you God’s message?  Of course, you don’t.  You just need to stop, get quiet and listen.  God is just waiting to talk with you.  He can’t wait to have a conversation with you.  Talk!

Lord, thank You for confirming Your presence in my life.  Thank You for talking to me daily.  Thank You for giving me the direction I need to follow.

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