Journeying through life stages
Acts 27:7,8 -
And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
We read in Acts about this sea journey which Paul took as a prisoner and reached Rome to be set free. This event takes nearly a good 2 chapters of the 28 chapters' documentation, which Luke did in Acts. This event is more than what human eyes can see and human intelligence can understand. Another journey similar to this is the journey of Jonah; just yesterday I learnt an altogether awesome understanding of that journey, I always though and was told that Jonah was running away from his task out of fear. It is only when one goes into the historic details would one understand what Jonah was up to.
Coming to today's message, like I told you almost all the names in the Bible (of people, places and gods / God) I have come across have been with reason of understanding the spiritual background.
Here we read Paul travelled as follow:-
1) Come over against Cnidus
2) Sailed under Crete
3) Over against Salome
4) Came unto Fair Heaven near to a city of Lasea
If I put the meanings into place instead of the name the journey changes in something awesome.
Here we read the journey as follow:-
1) Come over against offense
2) Sailed under fleshiness (Carnal behavior)
3) Over against Salome (Clothed which symbolizes Self Righteousness here)
4) Came unto Fair Heaven ( Beautiful Heaven - Kingdom of God) near to a city of Lasea (Hairy which symbolizes Full of Grace)
This is the journey we all need to take to reach Beautiful Heavens. When we come across offense we need to pass by it not halting at or spending anytime there. Another stage which we need to overcome is our fleshy nature or carnal nature. Most people halt at this location because many nature their own desires more than the desires of God. They sometimes whitewash their carnal desires in with religion using the Name of God while not knowing Him. One of the greatest hurdles which all have to overcome on their way to Beautiful Heaven is this place called Self Righteousness. Self Righteousness is one of the greatest enemies of most anointed Persons of God.
When I was growing in the Lord and I saw the naked self righteousness of a much anointed person of God, I was warned by the Lord not to confront that person at that time or else I would be torn apart by that person.
Even today I am careful when confronting the nakedness of anointed person of God especially when it is self righteousness.
It is only when we overcome these three stages of our spiritual life we will reach our destination Beautiful Heaven which is in the neighborhood of Full Grace.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, we pray that our journey be full of grace so that we overcome the three stages of test. We are overcomers because we have the Truth is us and Truth is always victorious. Lord, You are Truth so open our eyes through your Spirit of discernment at we may see the real world...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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