The Holy Spirit & His Spiritual Gifts
24 - A Different Kind of Miracle

Acts 28:
13 From there we sailed across to Rhegium. A day later a south wind began blowing, so the following day we sailed up the coast to Puteoli.
14 There we found some believers, who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
15 The brothers and sisters in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us at the Forum on the Appian Way.
Others joined us at The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he was encouraged and thanked God.
16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.
17 Three days after Paul's arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, "Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors.
18 The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, because they found no cause for the death sentence.
19 But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people.
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The ship taking Paul to Rome was battered in a storm and became shipwrecked. But because the ship’s commanding officer acted upon a word of wisdom which Paul received from the Holy Spirit, all 276 persons on board survived and got safely to shore in Malta.

There Paul received the gift of special faith which enabled him to go into the room of a sick man, which was full of threatening infection and minister the gifts of healings to him. Following this he continued administering the gifts of healings to all the sick people of Malta.

After three months, Paul and those who were shipwrecked set sail on another ship to get to Rome. It is in Rome that we see a different kind of instance of the working of miracles from the Holy Spirit.

Although he was a prisoner, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging while being guarded by a soldier. Romans never normally allowed their prisoners to enjoy the relative freedom of house arrest.
Yet we see God opening for Paul all the opportunities he needed to minister the good news of Jesus Christ, even as a prisoner of Imperial Rome.

Notice here that Paul was handed over to the Romans just like the Lord Jesus was. Our Savior was executed by Rome. The Jews wanted the same fate for Paul.
Paul had no problem with that, but he intended to use every opportunity God gave him to preach the good news of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Our Father,  we thank You for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that You freely give to us.
Thank You that there is no limit to Your gift of the working of miracles. Help us Lord to recognize how You daily work miracles in our lives.
Lord Jesus,  we open our hearts to You and ask that help us to use every opportunity You give us to tell others of the good news of Your salvation and we thank You,   Amen.

Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

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