Acts Chapter 16

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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.

34 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 16

  1. 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.

    If everything is shaking and quaking in your life, just remember that the earthquake may not be to destroy you, but to set you free.

  2. Verses 32-34 MSG “They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part. They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family. There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.” Can you imagine?? I can’t wait till the morning, when all of my family (sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews) put their trust in God and are baptized in Jesus’ name.

  3. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
    Acts 16:32‭-‬34 KJV

    What a beautiful revival in our homes and in iur cities!!!!

  4. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

    Well glory! We are established in faith, His Kingdom is here, and we are increasing!!

  5. 31
    The only people in the N T who were ever told to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ were convicted sinners. Now that the jailer was thoroughly broken up over his sins, he was told: “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your house hold”.
    There is no suggestion here that his family would be saved automatically if he trusted on the Lord Jesus Christ,he would be saved in the same way.” Beliege … and you will be saved,and let your household do the same.”
    Many people today seem to have difficulty knowing what it means to believe. However when a sinner realizes he is lost,helpless,hopeless,hell bound ,and when he is told to believe on Christ as Lord and Savior ,he knows exactly what it means. It is the only thing left that he can do!

    A.L.M.A.S.

  6. 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.
    Acts 16:3‭-‬4 KJV

    It seems odd that Paul circumcised Timothy so that he could go with them to deliver decrees to the churches saying that Gentile believers did not need to be circumcised. Timothy, who was raised by a Jewish mother and was a believer, had gone his whole childhood and early adulthood without being circumcised, perhaps because his father had forbid it at his birth. Why now is Paul insisting and Timothy consenting to the painful ordeal of circumcision when both knew it was not necessary for salvation?

    I believe the answer lies in 1 Cor. 9:
    “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, THAT I MIGHT GAIN THE MORE. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, THAT I MIGHT GAIN THE JEWS; to them that are under the law, as under the law, THAT I MIGHT GAIN THEM THAT ARE UNDER THE LAW; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I AM MADE ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN, THAT I MIGHT BY ALL MEANS SAVE SOME. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you,” (1 Corinthians 9:19‭-‬23 KJV).

    Paul wanted to go into synagogues and preach Jesus. He knew that taking an uncircumcised man with him to do this would distract and hinder the Jews from receiving the Gospel; thus, he compelled Timothy to abide by Jewish laws. Though not necessary for salvation, they deemed it profitable to winning the Jews–and winning souls was more important than personal comfort. What are we willing to do to win a soul?

  7. 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.

    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?

    Strategically Placed for the Kingdom
    Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown in jail. God turned a traumatic moment in the lives of Paul and Silas into a grand celebration in Heaven. Had theynot been thrown into jail would the jailer been saved? Would he have the opportunity to ask what shall I do to Br saved. As we look st this scripture the jailer was full of fear about to take his life due to the stress of his job. Yet two men strategically placed in a horrible setting saved the life of a man and not only that but led him into a new life , where has God strategically placed us? We may be In some situations in life find not to our liking but who is God wanting us to reach? Strategically placed for the Kingdom. Your voice your walk with God your testimony your example . Someone is waiting to be saved. What am I going to do ? The choice is mine .

  8. Acts 16: 25-26-27 (Amp) But about midnight , as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God , and the [ other] prisoners were listening to the them. [ 26] Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. [27] When the jailer, startled out his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. Paul was telling the prisoners do not harm yourself. We all need to be praying and singing hymns of praises to God. And declared the Word of the Lord the eternal salvation in the kingdom of God. Lord give all a break through ! Thank you Jesus for your grace and love.

  9. 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.

    The value of a soul. With all the beatings they took, accusations made, charges filed…. Paul and Silas thought it a great opportunity to praise in that moment, and all these things happened to bring a young jailer the Gospel. There are few things better than seeing someone turn their life over to God, even when it’s through our pain. That’s what everything boils down to, is reaching people in every situation we are in

  10. 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.
    ———
    We know what happed after this( the miracles and deliverance….)
    In tune with the Holy Spirit at all times everywhere.

  11. Acts 16
    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.

  12. Cause and effect.
    Does anyone know what that is?
    A cause-effect relationship is a relationship in which one event (the cause) makes another event happen (the effect).

    “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.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:4-5‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This is an example of cause and effect.
    If the Apostles didn’t deliver them the decrees for them to keep them where would the revival been.
    Throughout the book of acts we see miracle after miracle and witnessing by the word of mouth. Without that the effect of revival won’t come.
    I grew up in a small town where everyone knows mostly everyone. It didn’t take long for something to get around in that town. So they used their MOUTHS to speak. We must do the same thing so let’s go share the truth with the Lost!

  13. iLove the Kingdom
    “Unlock the Door of Worship”
    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.

    According to this verse, the Word of God says that “God” opened the heart Lydia. Wow, think about it! We could have unprecedented revival and it would be so easy if God would just open everybody’s heart. So, for revival and growth I wonder what is the key…What would be the key to God opening the hearts of people all around this city? WOW, there it is right in the scripture. Ya’ll see it? Verse 14 calls Lydia a worshipper. Yep, it’s right there and that is the reason folks that Pastor attempts to get us to worship…(worship is more then clapping hands). When folks truly worship then hearts are opened and lives are changed.

  14. The sacrifice for ministry

    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.

    It was not necessary for Timothy to be circumcised in these days.

    Acts 15
    19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
    20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

    So why would Paul circumcise Timothy being a full grown man? The pain of it would be horrendous and I’m sure the idea of it would not be easily sold on Timothy.

    1 Corinthians 9:
    19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
    20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
    21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
    22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
    23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

    Verse 23 says for the gospels sake I do this…. I sacrifice for the ministry so that I can reach those that may have never had a chance.

    Paul knew how stiff necked and unmoving the Jews were because he was one. Remember he was the one that persecuted us before Demascus. Paul knew that if he took an uncircumcised man into try and teach the Jews they would not hear him. So Timothy had to make a choice, either cut away part of his life or sacrifice part of himself to just have the opportunity to be in ministry or he could say just as the rich young ruler that it was too great of a price and miss out.

    I believe all of us come to this point somewhere on our road to ministry. What will God require of us to cut away in our lives so that we can do his work? Is the pain of cutting away the flesh too much or will we push through for the prize of souls that await us?

    I have never met a great man of God that didn’t have to have this experience for himself somewhere in his journey.

    John 3:30
    He must increase, but I must decrease.

  15. 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.

    30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    P31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

  16. THY KINGDOM COME
    INVITING THE KING

    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.

    We are often faced with midnight hour situations. Deadlines, due dates, accusations, infirmities, slanders, and such. These all present to us dark days that seem like midnight hours.

    However as we learn here from Paul and Silas, I am unsure which one was the “singer” or “worship leader”… The fact is that in a dark binding situation, they PRAYED and PRAISED.

    Prayer garners the attention of JESUS, while Praise invites the presence of JESUS. Paul and Silas needed deliverance from a situation. They did not puff up and cross their arms, they rose to face their challenge head on with Prayer and Praise.

    These 2 powerful, available Kingdom resources invited and established The Kingdom of GOD in the jail cell. We must not allow circumstance, situation or location hinder our opportunity to lift up the name of our Lord JESUS. Inviting HIM to have rule and authority in our current situation.

    When in dark, times of hindering circumstances, resist the temptation to complain and answer the call to Prayer and Praise. The KING will come and HIS Kingdom will reign. Thy Kingdom Come

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  17. Acts 16:9, 14-15, 29-34 (NLT)
    9) That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, Come over to Macedonia and help us!

    14) One 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.
    15) She and her household were baptized,…

    29) The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
    30) Then he brought them out and asked, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
    31) They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.
    32) And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household.
    33) Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
    34) He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.

    Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish:…”
    If Paul had no Vision, Lydia and her household would have perished and the jailer and his household would have perished.
    BUT – except for the fact
    “Paul Had A Vision”
    Because Paul had a Vision, Lydia and her household were saved and the jailer and his household were saved.

    We must to have a VISION!

  18. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    I have found that no matter the circumstances in life, we may feel that we are bound by circumstances of this world, but Jesus came to set us free.

    The scripture states He whom the son sets free is free indeed.

    There comes the darkest before the light. If no matter what we are going through if we turn to him and begin to sing praises to our mighty God then he will release us from our burdens and heavy weights. Remember weeping may endure the night, but JOY ( the joy of the Lord) cometh in the morning.

  19. 29 – 30 “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

    In order for you to call for a light, you must first be in a place where the light is missing, right?

    Paul and Silas although locked up, was in the right place at the right time to be the light for the jailers time of darkness.

    We encounter people every day, surrounded by darkness, calling out for a light in their time of need. I pray we become aware of those calling out around us, that we will be able to minister, to be able to shine a light in their darkness.

  20. God Leads, We Follow

    Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying. “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

    Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour;and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

    All leaders need discernment and that comes thru prayer/fasting.

  21. 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.

    We all know what circumsion to the flesh means. As we see in this verse Derbe was going fulfill the call of God in his life, but first he had to go through the process of physical circumsion.

    As we grow as christians, the deeper our walker with God grows, it requires circumsion of our heart, cutting away things that beset, hinder and keep us from doing the will of God in our life. It may be different in all each of our lives, but it is required nevertheless. I cannot be all Jesus has called me to be if I am full of self and pride, carnality etc. I must cut those things away in prayer, fasting and applying His word and His teachings to my life to make me a better, stronger representation of Jesus Christ.

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

    Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25-26, 29-33‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    They had been beaten, turned on, bound up, and thrown into prison. They were in their darkest hour and what did they do? They sang praises to God!
    The other prisoners probably thought they were crazy because how could someone who is going through what they are, continue to praise? It’s simple really, they trusted God. They were on a mission and knew that they were sent there for a reason, they knew that He would work all things together for their good, so they praised Him through it all.

    And what happened when they praised? An earthquake began to happen and their chains were loosed.
    Often times God will bring us through a situation by shaking us up. At times like this we must continue to worship Him for who He is and trust the process He is bringing us through.

    But what is the first thing they do once they are no longer bound up? They witnessed to another soul. The could have ran and escaped but they stayed and ministered. Perhaps the earthquake wasn’t sent to just get them out of prison but to get the jailer into the Kingdom.

    Even in our darkest hour, we can have a song of praise!!

  23. 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.

    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,

  24. 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 Gresek:

    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.

  25. 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.

  26. Shaking the very foundation of your situation

    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.

    Your praise will shake the very foundation of your situation. It will loose the bonds that hold you down. It will free those in bondage around you. You are the key to your freedom. You are the key to victory. Let your praise to God become so earth shattering that it breaks bonds and loosens chains.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

    Your greatest testimony and perhaps test of character is what you do when you are in your darkest hour. When you have received the stripes that life’s injustice throws at you, when you are thrown in prison or turmoil, when you are bound by the unfavorable circumstances, when it’s still night and the joy of the morning does not seem to shine that’s when your faith and love can pull you through. Faith in that Word of God and enough love to believe that He cares enough to bring you out. One may ask why all this circumstances and pain, but do you trust enough to believe that there is already a way out. Do you love enough to lift up a sacrifice of praise. It is on our darkest hour that we show our true colors. Are we gonna be a people that honors out of lip service? Or one whose heart is after God and simply worship becuae He is worthy, because He deserves it. It is how we act in our darkest hour that can be what looses the bands of those around you and catalyst a revival.

    No crushing is without a purpose. It is the anointing that destroys the yoke, yet it is the crushing that destroys the flesh.

    Oh that I may know Him…

    And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
    Philippians 3:9‭-‬10 KJV

  29. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 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.
    Acts 16:25‭-‬26 KJV
    Paul and Silas did the most unnatural thing by worshipping at their lowest time. The natural thing would have been to complain. Then the earthquake, chains break but the greatest miracle is the conversion of the jailer.

  30. 9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.

    Give honor to those who evangelize around the world. Going from country to country. Yes, God spoke to them to go and teach other nations about the Word. These individuals have the calling of God, they may weary at times, but through prayer they continue their journey.

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