Stay in the Boat!


Salvation is in the boat.

Acts 27:30-31

And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, … they would have cast anchors out of the ship,

Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.


Bible accounts of boats

1. When Paul was being transported to Rome on a ship, a sudden violent storm arose.

There were 276 people in the boat.

The first reaction of the sailors was to stabilize the boat and put down anchors, but it did not help.

The first reaction of the soldiers on board was to kill the prisoners, to prevent escape, as if the prisoners could escape into the violent waters and live.

There was no way to save the boat, yet Paul told them that unless they stayed in the boat, they could not be saved.

The boat could not save them, because eventually it would be broken up, but God would keep them safe until they got close enough to shore.

Then, when it was time to leave the boat, the boat was broken up, and the men were able to swim or float on boards to shore.


2. Noah and his family were told to build an ark and get into the boat at the proper time. He also could not leave the boat until God showed him it was the right time.


2. When the apostles were on the Sea of Galilee, a storm arose with Jesus sleeping in the boat. They thought they were going to die until Jesus calmed the storm.

Even though they initially thought they were going to die in the boat, the only safe place was in the boat with Jesus, who could change the storm.

When to leave the boat

None of the people in the above stories left their boat until they could see the shore ahead of them.

Timing is everything.


Bible stories and our own personal storms

There are so many cases of people leaving situations when things got difficult.

Although it seemed they escaped that situation, the storm followed them wherever they went.

So they did not really escape, but relocated the storm.

They “jumped ship” at the wrong time, and got hurt anyhow.

Storms come so we can learn to overcome them, and be victorious.

How can we face and endure perilous times ahead, if we cannot even handle the storms of life common to all people?


child custody battles,

rebellious children,

missing children,

job problems or job loss,


danger in neighborhoods,


death or loss of loved ones,


personal enemies


This is where we have to trust God to get us through the situation. He will help us gain victory if we give it to Him.

In every storm, God will give us some kind of boat to climb into.

It may be a person, a group, a supporting situation, a church, but there is always some security somewhere that opens up, even if it appears small to us.

We are to grab hold of that “boat” and stay there, and trust God.

He is our real boat.

The physical support (boat) is only secondary.


Perilous times

People talk now about escaping to somewhere unknown because perilous times are coming.

This is especially true of those that live in cities. They want to escape to the rural areas.

If they leave where they are at, how do they know where they are going?

Or if the new location is any safer than where they are?

We have to understand the devil and his minions are everywhere, so any location could be unsafe, even if it appears safer than the current situation.

It is best to hold your place, until you have directions to leave, and God shows you

1. When it is finally necessary to leave

2. Where you are going


Shelter where you are at

The Lord knows that not everyone can just leave where they are.

In fact, most people will not be able to relocate, because they are just not able to do this.

Issues of age, disability, finances, etc.  prevent relocation.

God will build you a boat where you are at, even if it is the most dangerous place on earth.

Troops will be coming down the street, and killing everyone, but they will skip your house, because God has his angels around it.

Psalm 91:7

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.

A tornado will wipe out a neighborhood, yet your house will remain safe.

A famine will hit your area, yet God helps you find food.

A plague, a highly contagious disease, will spread, but you will remain healthy.


Have Faith in Him who Reigns over all things

The Lord reigns.

He who submits to Him will abide under His wings.

Read Psalm 91:

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 

my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you 

from the fowler’s snare 

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, 

and under his wings you will find refuge; 

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, 

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, 

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, 

ten thousand at your right hand, 

   but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes 

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” 

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, 

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you 

to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, 

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; 

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; 

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; 

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

28 Responses to “Stay in the Boat!”

  1. We all fear death and unpleasentness, its built into us as a survival instinct. Fight or flee? If we are to become martyrs, should we fear death, or have faith in Christ, with a sure knowledge of the ressurection. Do we have faith in ourselves that our lives are such that we know our name is in the Lambs Book of Life.
    We know that the Lord will sometimes allow the wicked to destroy the good, this, so that their punishment is all the more justified Remember how Christians were buried alive in China, by the red Gaurd. How fanatical muslims are murdering Christians in areas where we are in minority.
    Live or die its all the same to the Lord.
    When he comes in Glory, he will bring with him those that have died and are worthy to take their place, those still on earth will rise up to meet him. See 1 Thessalonians cpt 4 v 13 through 17. Also chp 5 v 9,10, 11.
    Only the wicked need fear, for they have no faith so they have no hope in Christ.

  2. Amen Marianne, amen David Morris
    This is the difference between fear and trust. It has implications in all our relationships, But primarily in our relationship with God.

  3. Only Peter had enough courage to get out of the boat and was able to walk on the water. Many will always stay in the boat and miss out on a blessing. Sometimes it may be necessary to stay in the boat other times you need to get out. The key is to be led by the Holy Spirit.

  4. This post is a great case against the rapture theory. It illustrates the fact that God always tests His people, and while He might protect some people from time to time, there is simply no precedence for a rapture.
    Add to that the fact that heaven is not a place for people to go. The bible does not teach that the dead go to heaven, but that they wait for the resurrection when the messiah comes (returns). The concept of heaven and hell was invented by the Catholic church and is simply not biblical and Jesus never taught it. Therefore, heaven is not an option for a place of protection.
    So we will all face the tribulation together, but the question is, “what will we be facing?” Many people mistakenly believe that the world will be ruled by an Antichrist dictator who will send out his goon squads to kill anyone who won’t accept his mark – a chip in your hand or forehead. And that you won’t be able to buy anything without the chip, so the idea is to retreat to the country and grow your own food and hide out till it’s all over.
    First of all, none of that is going to happen, and secondly, I don’t think God wants His faithful to run and hide rather than to stand up and proclaim His coming.
    So what if you die? An instant later you will be resurrected and meeting Christ in the air at His second coming. Now that’s the easy way to avoid the tribulation! Way easier than cowering in a cave somewhere for several years. After all, the true purpose of life is to come to the Lord so we will have eternal life, which is all that really matters, right?
    Sure, there will be great natural disasters and an atomic world war, but so what? That stuff will happen even if God doesn’t exist. You could become one of those “Doomsday Preppers” and build a bomb shelter and stock up on food and weapons etc., but to me, all that is for non-believers who think they will end up in a post-apocalyptic world like in Mad Max or other Hollywood depictions, and are thinking they will have to survive to re-populate the planet. I kinda feel sorry for those people. Little do they know that soon after There tribulation there will be a whole new planet with our Lord in charge. All the worlds troubles and evils will be gone. And all of their preparation will prove to be worthless.
    We need to prepare by getting right with God, not by stockpiling supplies. All you need is a bible and you will be ready to go. And we should not be worried about our own souls, but we need to spread the word of God and save as many other souls as we can. That is the job we are tasked with and we need to carry on with it until we can no longer do so.
    Everything else is just a waste of time, as far as God is concerned.

  5. Some of Jesus’ teaching on heaven and hell:

    Luke 23:42 (one thief being crucified said to Jesus) And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

    The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16
    19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And [r]besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

    Matthew 10:28
    Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Matthew 23:33
    You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

    2 Peter 2
    4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

  6. Amen, Marianne. Beautful words of encouragment. God desires to encourage and strengthen the weak who are fearful. God was the Ark of Salvation which held Noah and family. And the Ark was made flesh and now He is become our soul’s Boat of Salvation. We are safely on board even if the stones are flying as they did with Steven and the countless contemporary martyrs of today.

  7. Paradise is not heaven, see above parable Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was at ease, seperated from the rich man in torment. Paradise is the waiting room for final judgement.

    • hi david

      that made me think

      do we go straight to heaven when we die, or to paradise, and then wait for the resurrection?

      jesus told the thief, “this day you will be with me in paradise.” he did not say “heaven.”

      • Before His resurrection, Paradise was the only place for “OT” saints to go, until Jesus completed His atoning work. When He “led captivity captive”, He led them to heaven. I’ve always understood Paradise to be the Greek-derived word in the NT for the Hebrew name Sheol (the place of the dead). I guess this Paradise was/is the Catholics’ foundation for Purgatory – ? I think it was in I or II Cor 9 (don’t have my Bible right here), Paul wrote that “to be absent from the body is to be present w/ the Lord”… not Purgatory, nor Paradise, but heaven.

        • BEAUTIFUL.

          Cindy, have you read the Book of Enoch?

          In it he describes deep vessels in the earth that house the souls of the dead, where one was separate from all the others.

          That is where the Saint’s were held until our Lords finished work.
          I used to know exactly where this was expressed within the Book itself, but I’m sorry, I can’t recall at the moment.

          But here is a link for you. It is a wondrous read.

          Be Blessed in Yeshua the KING of kings and LORD of lords.

  8. Hebrews 9:27
    And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

    John 14:1-3
    1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

    Whether there is any difference between Paradise and Heaven I do not know, but either will be better than Hades or Hell.

  9. When we die, we go to a waiting place, where the wicked are seperated from the rightous. This is the place where those who died without the gospel are taught the gospel and given the opertunity to repent, and join the faithfull. 1 Peter chp 4 v 6
    There are a number of similar scriptures by various authers in the New Testament

    • hi david

      interesting . but that verse could also mean spiritually dead, and not physically dead. you would have to come up with more scriptures to establish that point.

  10. The spirit is what makes a person alive.Remove the spirit and the body is dead, and rots and is buried for health reasons. Most cultures observe this.
    Two classes of spirit dead, rightous, and unrightous. Rightous go to paradise and rest and enjoy. The wicked go to a place where they are tormented by their memories of their wicked ways, a type of Hell. They are awaiting the wrath of
    G-D. The original comment was about paradise if I remember correctly. A place for spirits awaiting judgement. Jesus and the repentant thief went to paradise as spirits, their bodies remained behind. The unrepentant thief did not go with Jesus to paradise, but to the other place, hell see previous.
    My understanding of spiritually dead are those still living, but deny Jesus and the Gospel, some vehament in their denial. You more than most would be aware and perhaps acqaintded with some of this kind of people. Their spirits are also classified as spiritually dead, denying salvation, but untill the final judgement are still capable of repentance
    I wrote another post a couple of days past listing a number of scriptures from the N.T. and 2 from th O.T. about teaching to the “dead” or dissembodied spirits in paradise , and tempory hell. Some people say that when you die you sleep, and know nothing untill you are resurected, this is erroneous. As I’ve said G-D is just and fair and loves all his children, he will continously give them opertunities to repent, untill the last moment, and to hear his Gospel if not in this life then in this “waiting room”
    Jesus went himself to preach there. 1 Peter v 18, 19, 20.

    Not wishing to be rude for we all struggle to know the truth, but perhaps we strain at a gnat but swallow a camel. Mat chp 23 v 24. As Paul says, now we see through a glass darkley 1 Cor chp 13 v 12.
    Define Heaven
    1) A place where God and his Saints dwell in a Mansion provided and presided over by the Saviour. You can extend this, but only the rightous will get there, those that obey EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
    2) Others will go to various places designated fit for their works in the flesh, living in different degrees of Glory, but lesser than G-Ds glory. Paul says he was caught up to the third heaven 2 Cor chp 12 v 2..
    He also talks about degrees of Glory 1 Cor chp 15 v 39, 40, 41.
    Jesus speaks of many mansions John chp 14 v 2
    Those whos acts don’t warrent one of these degrees of glory are consigned to Hell see Rev chp 21.
    Hell is a place with no glory, dark and cold, cut of from the prescence of G-D, but still able to support Physical and Spirit bodies, Satan and his followers were cursed “that dust he would eat all the days of his life” see Genesis.
    They are cut of from the Tree of Life and the Living Waters, to suffer in hell for all eternity.
    The definition of Hell being fire and brimstone etc is the state of mind of the sufferer, whose worm dieth not, as he has denied redemption through the blood of the lamb, he lives forever in his sins, mentally tormented for eternity.
    Our assigment to our degree of glory comes at the end of the millenium after the last ressurection and final battle with Satan, and his followers. Here the earth is transfigured and takes it’s place in the kingdom of G-D, those who are worthy will remain on it. All others will depart to their kingdoms of lesser glory.

    PRAY FOR THE RAINS OF JOEL 2: 23 & 28 AND 29.




  12. Note that deliverence is in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, not the world. I would say that the Lord will call us to these two places, we are probably the remnant mentioned in Joel 2 verse 32. Where is the Mounr Zion herin mentioned?

    Read Ezekiel Chp 13. Rain is not always benificial, tread carefully.

    • David,

      I am treading carefully.
      Please just don’t use your intellect here.
      I ask that you confer with the HOLY SPIRIT regarding this.
      HE is the SPIRIT of TRUTH.

      Don’t just listen to me. I am the least of HIS servants.


      Praise YESHUA the KING

    • David,

      Just so you know, I am aware of Ezekiel 13.
      There are many false prophets on this site unfortunately. Too many have their ears tickled in listening to them, rather than The HOLY SPIRIT.
      I charge all of 2 Peter 2 to them.
      I SEE NO PEACE FOR ISRAEL OR JERUSALEM. (1 Thessalonians 5:3.)

      Listen to the HOLY SPIRIT inside of you.

      Praise YESHUA the WARRIOR KING

      • Oh and David and all,

        This will not be limited to just that of Israel. It will be World Wide!!!

        35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
        36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always , that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass , and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:35,36. KJV.)

        Pray for Jesus’s Blood to cleanse you.
        Holy, Holy, Holy Blood!

  13. 1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

    2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

    3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

    4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

    5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

    6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

    7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

    8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

    9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

    10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

    11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

    12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

    13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

    14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

    Revelation 5:1-14. KJV.

  14. Some say there was a great conferance in Heaven before the world began, where the spirits of ALL creatures who were to dwell on this earth, were presented with a plan of this life as we live it now. This was in order to enable us to live acording to the wishes of G-D, that we could, if worthy return to dwell with him in heaven. Satan and one third of the heavenly host rebelled against this plan, and were cast out to this earth and now live in rebellion to be eventually thrust into hell for eternity. The book with the seven seals is the projected history of the earth. The seals represent the seven millenium of this world. The Lamb of course is the Saviour. The seven spirits are, as it says, the seven angels who have jurisdiction to assist the Saviour. There names are listed in the apocrapha. Some are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael etc. The Beasts I don’t know, twelve of the four and twenty elders would be the Apostles, the other twelve probably not revealed yet. “And every creature” means just that, everything from the smallest living thing to the Levethian, for everything is the creation of G-D’s hand and nothing will be lost.

    • Well said brother.

      Abide in the TRUE VINE of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and WALK in the SPIRIT of GOD.


  15. Always. I trust in the Lord I try to walk with my hand in his, for he is there to lift us when we stumble and fall.

    • David I believe that the Lord our God, Yeshua the Lion of Judah, our Salvation and King is truly with you.
      You are humble and of a contrite spirit. The Lord loves us weak, for it is in our weakness that we surrender, then HE becomes strong.

      Be at Peace and continue to simply TRUST in HIM with ALL of your HEART.

  16. Back to the article’s subject…… Yes, staying until God says “GO” works! We left a church we’d attended for 18 years, only when God gave both myself and my husband the green light. A lot had happened there that I won’t go into here. Almost every time we turned around we found ourselves dealing w/ offense, jezebel staffers, immature leaders,being rebuked for sparking revival among the youth (!), our ideas trashed and hopes deferred on a regular basis… for the last 5 or 6 yrs we were there! Three times we seriously considered leaving, as many did, but refused to until we were sure. We watched others leave for much lesser offenses than we were enduring, and yet refused to leave over “feelings”. God rarely calls us out when things are bad, so we know we’ve left for the right reasons. And, so we won’t be importing our issues at the next church and causing damage over there.

    We learned A LOT by staying… many of the others are still ‘visiting’ churches (after 4, 5 yrs); some gave up and don’t go anywhere, a few went headlong into open sin. The Lord prepared the perfect place for us, a home church/ revivalist ministry, and we couldn’t be happier, or more fulfilled. It took some getting used to, losing “concert praise”, fall fests and egg hunts (oy), book store and cafe, and I walked away from a ministry that I’d led for 6 yrs. We are sooo glad we stayed, and let ourselves be LED OUT BY GOD at the right time, to the right place!


      Your church with the LORD is all in your HEART any way’s.🙂


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