Acts Chapter 16 

40 Days of FIRE – Day 16

Day 16: Acts Ch.16. Today we meet a young man named Timothy as he joins Paul and Silas on their mission. Timothy is the first second-generation Christian mentioned in the New Testament. Pray for the young Christians in your life and for their consistent witness for Christ. Pray that they will be “Mission-Minded” and will fulfill the plan God has for their lives.

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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Acts 16

Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,

After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.

37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.

38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

56 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 16 

  1. Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
    And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
    Acts 16:6‭-‬7‭, ‬9‭-‬10 KJV

    Wow… Imagine a sensitivity like that operating in all our lives. What could God do through us in these last days if we were fully committed to hearing and following His voice? There is a perfect time and season for all things, and God knows exactly who is ready to hear the Word when.

    To rush in before the Spirit has softened and prepared the heart can do more harm than good. It was not that God didn’t want the Gospel preached in Asia or Bythinia, it was that those preachers at that time were not the right equation for revival in those areas–and it was the perfect equation for revival in Macedonia.

    We can trust God to put us in a winning equation when we are sensitive to Him. If we refuse to listen to God for every aspect of the equation (right time + right place + right person + right method = revival), we can expend great amounts of time, faith, and resources fighting a battle we were never supposed to be in to begin with. However, if we tune into the Spirit, He will minimize our battle scars and maximize our results.

    There is a revival waiting with your name on it. Practice His presence, and He will perfectly lead you to the harvest He has prepared you for.

  2. Verse 15 MSG “After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.” Same verse CEV “Then after she and her family were baptized, she kept on begging us, “If you think I really do have faith in the Lord, come stay in my home.” Finally, we accepted her invitation.” Let us be like Lydia and continue to invite and not take no for an answer; but, keep inviting until we persuade them in.

  3. Acts16:15 (English Amp) And when she was baptized along with her household she earnestly entreated us, saying, If your opinion I am one ready convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and the Author of salvation and that I will be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay, And she induced us [ to do it]. I want to be more like Lydia a worshiper of God. Keeo on trying to convince people to follow Jesus . Tell them my testimony, To keep on inviting them to church. Pray for them , Ask God to lean me to them. I love to praise God and send up praises to him.

  4. Acts 16
    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Power of Praise in the Darkness of Midnight
    A Jail House Rock. Whole lot of shaking in the Spirit realm when we begin to Praise!
    What a testimony that in the darkness at midnight a jailhouse was shaken by praises. When praises go up blessings come down. Paul and Silas could have slept or prayed for their self but they sent praises up which caused such a commotion lives were changed for the Kingdom of God and God delivered them from their chains! Lord help me to sing praises in the darkest of midnight situations so that others can be brought to the Kingdom in Jesus name !

  5. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
    15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
    28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
    29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
    30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

    Earlier in this chapter the Bible tells us that Paul was redirected away from another city and that he came to these places. two people that were reached because they were redirected. I believe it is essential that every day we pray that God directs our steps and directed towards the people that are just like in the story . people who are hungry for God and just needing an opportunity to hear his word. This is one of my favorite stories in the book of Acts because it has to do with not allowing your circumstances to distract you from your mission to reach more people. Paul worshipped while he was in Chains, he was forbidden from preaching in one city and instead of being disappointed he just went to the next city and that is where he met Lydia. We have to allow God to direct the steps to the hungry people away from our itinerary of who we think needs to hear the word. It is my prayer that God direct my steps everyday and plays hungry people in my path way

  6. 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

    33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

    Verse 30-31 of This passage causes a lot of issues. It has been misinterpreted and used to form man made doctrine. But if you read onto verse 32 it says and they spake unto him the word of the Lord and to all who were in his house. What is the word of the Lord? Well we can tell by verse 33 what the word of the Lord was because they were baptized. The very words of the Lord said verily verily I say unto thee except a man be born of water and spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Lord I pray that more people would be open with their spiritual eyes to see the fullness and true revelation of Your scripture and walk in Truth.

  7. 16:9,10 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Masedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
    And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia as surely gathereribg that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
    AMAZING!!!!!

  8. We need to be missions minded! That is the very purpose of the church in the world today! We have been given a mission and that mission is souls! Note that when Paul went looking for someone who was hungry, verse 13 declares: ‘And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.’ He was looking for the lost, he was following a vision from God and knew that his message would be new to nearly all those he came in contact with. Yet the Bible clearly states there was a place in that city where people came to when they wanted to pray!

    We need to remember that many people we come in contact with are already going to have some form of belief, some measure of faith, something they are already in the habit of doing even if it is not the fullness of the revelation that God has delivered unto us. The disciples of John were in a similar situation. They thought they had received everything there was to receive and had clearly made changes in their walk in response to the message of John, yet there was still more they needed to receive from God!

    Paul was consistently able to reach out to the lost independent of their background and make a difference in their life. Yes, many would also reject him, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing a missions mindset. If he had given up due to the rejections, what would have happened to all those who did receive the message? He focused on those who received the gospel and refused to be discouraged by the opposition to the message. Our prayer should be the same! We need to share this glorious gospel with all we can, to truly be all things to all men that by all means we might save some!

  9. They were in prision in the midnight hour . but they prayed and suddenly there’s an earthquake. The bands were loose. Paul and salius were just trying to preach the Gospel and they suffered. But they were willing to. You should never be afraid to preach the gospel .

  10. 5. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number DAILY.

    Sounds like POFW to me.
    New believers have already been getting baptized on Sundays, Wednesday’s, and Revival service nights; now they are coming to the church on Monday and Friday to be baptized…soon it will be happening every day!

    Acts 2:
    46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

    47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church DAILY such as should be saved.

  11. We read how they went through the cities and preached and the
    churches were established and grew in number and yet God forbid them to preach the word on Asia. Instead,Paul received a vision from God that yet we’re to go and preach in Macedonia. It’s is here that Lydia and her her household are saved. The young girl is delivered from being possessed and it causes Park and Silas to be both beaten and cast into prison. The very familiar story of Paul and Silas praying at midnight and the Lord sending an earthquake and their chains were loosed. This chain of events led the keeper of the prison and his household to be saved.

    God had a definite purpose for them. If they were not sensitive to the leading of God, then all of those souls would not have been saved nor had their deliverance. If we are sensitive to His calling and His direction, He will lead us in His will and He will perform might acts and miracles. Yes, we will have trials, suffer persecution,rejection and be placed in situations that seem hopeless. Those around us are watching and seeing how we react. Will we follow his direction regardless if we know the rationale.Will we remain firm and unwavering to the convictions He has given us and will we praise Him in our midnight hour..
    Our reactions and actions can bring souls to Jesus or turn them away. It is not about us but about Him.

  12. 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

  13. 19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

    This hurting world does not understand that they are hurting themselves and selling themselves short by not serving GOD….

  14. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    Paul was sensitive to the spirit and confident in God. Without hesitation, they immediately endeavored and preached the gospel. There are souls all around us like the man from Macedonia calling out for help; how will you answer the call?

  15. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
    Acts of the Apostles 16:25‭-‬26 NLT

    Our prayers and praise are being heard today!!!! No matter what circumstances you challenge …’No matter what the weapon is….I WIN’!!
    I am BLESSED, I am VICTORIOUS CALLED and CHOSEN for such a time as this!! HIS KINGDOM, HIS GLORY💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

  16. Acts 16:25-31
    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
    28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
    29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
    30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

  17. 1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

    I think it is very important how Timotheus is introduced, it says his mother was a jewess that believed but his father was Greek. In our bus ministry we pick up kids from all kind of backgrounds that need our encouragement for the decisions they have made to walk with Christ. May be their mother believe and the father does not, or may be they are the only believers in their home. Either way let’s help them be a light that leads other to Christ; pray for them daily as they encounter this world head on for His Name Only. May we all take the initiative to uphold every single one of them in prayer. In Jesus Name Amen

  18.  One thing that stood out to me is Paul and Silas were in the houses of many people. In this chapter they went to Lydia’s and the jailor.
    I remember not too long ago fellowshipping at someone house after church. It wasn’t much sandwiches or breakfast foods just something simple. Everyone would bring something to lighten the load. I miss that. Be Church! Let’s live life together.

  19. iLove the Kingdom
    10And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    There is a time, place, and season for everything. Let’s pray that people’s eyes and ears would be ready to receive the gospel in the neighborhood of POFW. I personally have worked on many houses and done several projects (even for free) and have noticed the people’s heart’s are hard. The last lady I worked for (just last Friday) was an elderly lady who has lupus. She had a no soliciting sign on her door and I just joked with her that I had a captive audience and was going to preach while I installed her ceiling fan (for free). She basically told me that she didn’t like that and if she wanted to hear anything like that she would be the one inviting it. So, I was quite while I worked and listened to judge Judy on her monitor… :). Before I left, I gave her an invite to Pentecost Sunday and several miracle testimonies and she said, “Well, God can do anything but a person ain’t getting nothing if their faith is weak…and my faith is weak…”

    Let’s pray that God would give the invitation to our neighborhood just like he did for Paul in these scriptures.

  20. 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

  21. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
    Acts 16:25 KJV

    The Midnight Hour that’s desperate time for many of. That is the last hour of the day and you still haven’t need they’re about to take your, kicked you out of your house. But in the morning Mercy knocks on your door. You’ll have lots of midnight hours , but you’ll never forget the Midnight Hour.

    A.L.M.A.S.

  22. “So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:24-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Them boys were on a mission. They made that prayer life a priority. See I noticed at the beginning he said they were on their way to prayer and each day the demon possessed lady would follow them and yap and yap and yap until Paul turned around and commanded the enemy to leave. Then I noticed they were chained and shackled but they still PRAYED and they still PRAISED God for who He is.
    It made me think of this.
    The enemy will do whatever he can to keep you from doing the works of the Kingdom. But Paul and Silas don’t stop for nothing and that’s the mentality we need. Don’t stop for anything that hinders you from the works of the Kingdom!

    iBless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

  23. When reading the book of Acts, I can’t help and be truly thankful for being Holy Ghost filled.

    We read yesterday, how they were lead by the spirit on where to go and when to stop. We’ve read how to love the tribulation, you can’t do that with flesh alone it goes against our nature. Today we read how the holy ghost equips us to praise during difficult times.

    Today, there are times when we are lead by the Holy Ghost to go to certain stores, take certain routes to encounter those in need.

    When equipped with the fruits of the Holy Ghost, we are able to endure the hard times with love, peace, and joy.

    With the love that comes from the Holy Ghost, we have the strength to endure the hard times. With the confidence in who Jesus is we are able to PRAISE Him for the hard times.

  24. He lose my chains and set me free

    Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
    Acts 16:6‭-‬7‭, ‬18‭-‬20 KJV
    I sometimes the spirit of GOD with tell not to go in a certain place because he knows what ahead the power of JESUS commands the demons to me and that’s what happened here but some people was not to happy about or just unknowledge about it but people will do anything the can to try to drag you down but little do they know my God is on my side my GOD will fight for me I know when I say the name of JESUS something is going to happen but the power of JESUS broken the chains in the prison and set them free so the can continue to preach the word we are going to bump into a lot of wall we are going to have people drag us down we must continue to reach people

  25. THY KINGDOM COME
    KINGDOM INCREASE

    5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

    FAITH in GOD or FAITH in the King and HIS Kingdom. When our FAITH is established The Kingdom of GOD will INCREASE daily.

    How is FAITH established?

    Our FAITH is established as we do Kingdom WORK.

    James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

    James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

    When FAITH is established it is revealed through our Kingdom works. How we act, the way we live, when we serve, how we share the Gospel of JESUS.

    We must FIRST believe in JESUS enough to seek Him FIRST. In our SEEKING we will SERVE His Kingdom. The fruit of our serving is INCREASE.

    We witnessed this on Wednesday Night with Brandon Moore, who attended The POFW for the first time and the 26 year old young man left filled with the Holy Ghost and will be Baptized in JESUS name on Sunday.

    Because people of established FAITH were willing to serve to clean the church, give in offerings (electricity and water, building, etc.), open the doors, collect guest information, play musical instruments, sing and most importantly someone was willing to INVITE him and bring him to Church. Brandon will have a new opportunity at life and the church increased in number!

    Glory to JESUS!
    Lets do IT again!

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouinTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  26. I Love To Worship The Lord
    What must i do to be saved vs-31
    The jailers question reflects some knowledge of Paul and his teaching not at all unlikely in a city the size of Philippi. Pauls response remains one of the simplest clearest answers to this vital question to be found anywhere. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved
    There is more than that to be saved. So many people pull this scripture out of contents. People belive all you have to do to be saved is just believe.
    BE FAITHFUL AND EVEN DISATERS WILL TURN OUT TO THE GLORY OF GOD

  27. 1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

    2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

    3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

    4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

    5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

    Before Timothy could travel with Paul and be effective with the people, because of his background, he had to be circumcised, a cutting away of the flesh.

    Before we can be used of God in the manner that HE chooses for us, our hearts must be circumcised as well. We must cut away things of the flesh that rob us of our time, talent and treasure, and put those things to use for the Kingdom of God!

  28. Acts 16:14-15
    14) And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
    15) And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
    “She was baptized and her household.”

    Acts 16:30-33
    30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
    32) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
    33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house – was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”

    This has been my prayer lately, that households (families) will be saved.

  29. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Praise prevails!

  30. Acts 26:6-10
    All leaders need discernment. Paul had it and he used it to select new leaders, to size up what to say in a courtroom , and to know where to go next on his missionary trips. As Paul’s team traveled

  31. Acts 26:6-10
    All leaders need discernment. Paul had it and he used it to select new leaders, to size up what to say in a courtroom , and to know where to go next on his missionary trips. As Paul’s team traveled through Asia, he must have been listening to the Holy Spirit in his quiet times. God prevented him from speaking any more in Asia and compelled him to move on . Next, the Spirit forbade Paul to minister in Music and Bithynia. In Troas, he had a vision in which a man begged him to visit Macedonia.Such was the dynamic leadership of God.

    Discerning leaders usually share these common traits :
    good listerners,intuitive,well-networked,flexible, optimistic, perceptive

    God will lead
    We follow

  32. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

    10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    Paul received a call that day- The Macedonian Call the call to minister and reach people in a far away land. Paul answered that call and as a result many people were saved. Paul didn’t have to answer it. He could have walked away or ran away from it but instead he decided to answer it and as a result lives were changed.
    If we want God to use us we must answer Gods call and beckoning even when we dont want to. It could mean the difference between spiritual life or death.

  33. 1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

    Talk about an oil and water mixture. It tells us that everyone knew that Timothy’s dad was a Greek and everyone knew it.

    Many of the children of homes that are of such differences, I have noted that many chase after the lights of Babylon. Timothy was different, and so was his mom, for she was even mentioned later for her faith.

  34. Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

    2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

    3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

    4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

    5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

    Well may the church look for much service from youthful ministers who set out in the same spirit as Timothy. But when men will submit in nothing, and oblige in nothing, the first elements of the Christian temper seem to be wanting; and there is great reason to believe that the doctrines and precepts of the gospel will not be successfully taught. The design of the decree being to set aside the ceremonial law, and its carnal ordinances, believers were confirmed in the Christian faith, because it set up a spiritual way of serving God, as suited to the nature both of God and man. Thus the church increased in numbers daily.

  35. It’s OK, You’re doing the right thing.

    20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
    21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
    22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
    23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
    24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
    25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    Wow! This spoke volumes to me.
    When we are trying to do right for the Lord. It seems that it all comes coming down. But just hold on, God is setting you up for something Great, Even if it is in your midnight hour, after you have been ran out, beaten up, and thrown away to rot in jail. Pray and sing praises to God. Its will be in your midnight hour, that God shows His greatness. It’s in the darkness that God works Mighty, because His Light Can Shine The BRIGHTEST!!!!! God is Great and Greatly to be PRAISED.

  36. IAnd a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
    The Lord opened the heart of Lydia and she was able to receive the men of God and the message of God. Lord hear our prayer for people’s hearts to be open to the truth and send them to us or US to them! In Jesus name.

  37. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

    16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

    17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

  38. 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

  39. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

  40. Great things can happen when we pray. The devil knows things get done when prayer is sent up. We must not allow ourselves to make prayer something we do every once in a while. We must make prayer a daily thing.

  41. Moving on

    39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

    40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

    These guys had a rough time of it for a while now but what amazes me is how quick they moved on and were able to comfort those around them. Ministers don’t have perfect lives but they know how to keep moving and shake off the trouble that comes. To be able to comfort someone when you are yourself having a tough time is being a true minister.

  42. Because of their praise, God turned their captivity into the miraculous and a time to witness…not complain. As a result, the keeper of the prison was converted with all his house. Praise God! Our praise defeats the enemy and confuses him when he thinks we should be afraid.

  43. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

    28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

    29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

    30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

    Sometimes the situations that we fall into might not be to harm us but to save a life through our testimony of endurance of holding on to the Faith

  44. Josiah: 6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
    7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
    It is important to go in the direction that God wants us to go in. Sometimes we may be about to go somewhere or tell someone something and the Holyghost will tell us no. However as long as we Go where God wants us to go then we will have His protection and favor upon us. So, let us GO FAITHFULLY where God tells us to go!

  45. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

    When we have faith in the unseen, knowing that God will give the increase He will bring forth that increase!

    Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10

    Then the Lord answered me and said:

    “Write the vision
    And make it plain on tablets,
    That he may run who reads it.
    3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
    But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
    Though it tarries, wait for it;
    Because it will surely come,
    It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3

    2020 Vision for LPDFW is 120 souls!! I believe it shall happen even if most of them children. Those children will bring their friends, their siblings, their parents, their grandparents, etc. Children get excited to come to the house of God! I pray that their spark will fire up the adults!! In Jesus Name!!
    #revival

  46. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
    Acts of the Apostles 16:25‭-‬26 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.16.25-26.NLT

    Even when we find ourselves in the toughest situations, if we praise Him instead of feeling down and out we can still minister to others by this action. We never know who could be watching us or listening to us. Someone can be saved with our testimony. Chains can be broken and lives can be changed if we only praise Him at all times.

  47. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

    When you see what the lord is speaking to you, you gotta take action and head to the voice of the lord. Jesus has all power and authority no matter. Some may say oh it’s just my flesh telling me that, why would you flesh tell you to pray for revival! Gods voice will be heard in the name of Jesus!

  48. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    In this chapter we see Paul following after the leading of the spirit but we also encounter a women following after the leading of another spirit. The spirit of rebellion. In the young adult class we’ve been studying a book called “intoxicated with Babaylon” last night we talked about the spirit of rebellion and confusion. We talked about divination and how the enemy wants us to follow after his leading which leads us out of the kingdom of God.

    We can only serve 1 head Jesus Christ and we are to be lead by Him and Him alone.

  49. Paul change his plans as he diverted the needs. All leaders need discernment. Paul had it and he used it to select new leaders, to size up what to say in a courtroom and to know where to go next on his missionary trips.
    As Paul travel through Asia, he must have been listening to the Holy Spirit in his quiet times. God prevented him from speaking anymore in Asia and compelled him to move on. Next the Spirit forbade Paul to minister in Mysia and Bithynia.
    In Troas, he has a vision in which a man begged him to visit Macedonia. Such was the dynamic leadership of God!
    When we go and do outreach, we should let God lead us to the persons who are begging God to send someone. We have experience this in the Bus Ministry, where you just feel compelled to go to a certain person and we have seen the power of God moved in a mighty way.

    Enlarge our Territory Lord
    40 Days of 🔥 Fire

  50. 14One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.

    People are ready to listen what you have to say. If you make a personal connection they will open up to you. At that point, they are ready to hear about Jesus.

  51. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. KJV
    4 As they traveled from town to town, they presented the simple guidelines the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. That turned out to be most helpful. MSG

    Too many times people who are trying to live on the edge of Christianity try to find fault with the rules of the local church to which they attend. Some say “show me in the bible where it says I can’t do this or I must do that”. While Jesus is all knowing, there is no way to address everything we humans can point out. Instead, he leaves the administration of daily life to the Shepard’s of His flock. Pastor, the elders and directors of the POFW create guide lines and rules for the local church to follow.

    It is not a way of ruling over people; rather a set of safety zones to protect the flock from the enemy. Satan’s came to kill, steal and destroy. He is good at it. He has thousands of years of practice. A human only has 60-70 years of actively understanding good and evil and deciding for themselves what is right and wrong. To be a leader at POFW is not giving up freedoms; it is removing things that distract and hinder the progress of His Kingdom.

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