In my message today I spoke about Paul telling the crew of a sinking ship to ”cheer up”; and I went on to tell the fellowship that one thing they should, and could do in a storm, is to cheer up.
It sounds really silly to say this in a time of extreme hardship and concern, yet this is clearly what Paul said (Acts 27 v 22).
Paul could do this as he knew and understood a spiritual truth that would eclipse the physical facts; God had told him that he would reach Rome and He also told him that not a single person would die from the ship.
Even in our storm we can cheer up because we have been told some amazing spiritual truths that can make any storm pale into insignificance.
Jesus told the sick man to cheer up as all his sins had been forgiven (Matthew 9 v 2); all our sins have also been forgiven.
Jesus told His disciples in the sinking boat to cheer up as He was now with them (Matthew 14 v 27); through His Holy Spirit Jesus is now with us and in us.
Jesus told His disciples on the eve of the worst day of their lives to cheer up as He was a world overcomer (John 16 v 23); because we have His Spirit in us we are now world overcomers.
My friend, it does not matter what storm you are in today, you can cheer up.
You have been forgiven, you have the Living God dwelling within you, and because of that you are a world overcomer; that is surely more than enough to rejoice in and cheer yourself up.
If that is not enough you have been accepted by God (Ephesians 1 v 6), adopted by God (Ephesians 1 v 5), been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19), been redeemed by God (Galatians 3 v 13) and been made righteous by God (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).
Now can you choose to cheer up?
The choice is yours.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can choose to cheer up because of what you have done for me and to me through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.
Matthew 9 v 2…..And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee