Acts 27:4 “From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.”
Is anything coming against you today? How do you get to where you want to go when the winds of life push against you? How do you see vision fulfilled when the landscape of your life changes rapidly? I want to offer 5 important truths.
The Message says “Out to sea again, we sailed north under the protection of the northeast shore of Cyprus because winds out of the west were against us”
The Amplified says “From there we put out to sea and sailed to the leeward (sheltered) side of Cyprus [for protection from weather] because the winds were against us.”
They are heading to Rome, Paul’s destiny to be before Caesar, but the winds are against them. So in order to keep heading in the right direction they sail along the northern coast of Cyprus.
When you are surrendering your life and fulfilling the purpose of God you will need to navigate the many things that will come against you. These may look like signs that you shouldn’t continue (many view them as such) but these obstacles are to be overcome, not listened to. We need to adjust our lives continually in order to fulfil what God lays out before us.
““Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32.
In this interesting episode we see Satan trying to abort the purpose of Jesus by sifting the disciples like wheat. His purpose was to “…confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (29-30). This sifting seems to have already started as minutes before though they had all wanted to know the identity of the betrayer they then begin to betray the identity of Christ themselves by arguing about who is the greatest!
Satan demanding to sift the disciples is Jesus’ greatest threat to his purpose and destiny. If the disciples do not remain as disciples then who will be left when all this is over? How will the Church be born?
The winds are against Christ. How does he manoeuvre the course of his destiny so that the winds do not stop him?
““Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32. So … here are the 5 ways Jesus shows us how to keep going:
- Expose what the enemy desires to do, acknowledge the weak spots. (“Satan has asked …”)
- Expectations will fall short. This is the only time that Jesus doesn’t use Peter (rock) with the name Simon (“you won’t live up to your name”).
- Intercessory Prayer (This is the only time Luke records Jesus interceding for an individual)
- Realise there will be set-backs. (“And when you have turned back” indicates that Simon will turn away)
- Have a plan to recover ground. (“strengthen your brothers”)