Acts Chapter 16 – 30/40 

Day 30: Acts Ch. 16. The only ministry that will make an impact for the Kingdom of God is Spirit-led ministry. When we submit ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will go where God is working, and we will experience the blessings of God. Spirit-led ministry starts out with the blessings of God- as opposed to striking out on our own and asking God to bless what He has not led us to do.

Ask God to help you step out in faith and not hesitate because of the unknown.

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.

63 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 16 – 30/40 

  1. 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.

    “While I live will I praise the Lord:
    I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being” Psalm 146:2

    “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:
    but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
    He also shall be my salvation” Job 13:15 – 1 16

    Even when thrown in the deepest part of the dungeon, shackles on their hands and feet, they chose to sing praises unto God in the darkness of midnight. God always provides a way of escape if we will submit ourselves to Him, unconditionally and with a heart willingness.

    #firstfire

    #firstthekingdom #wepourourbest #we’regoingallout

  2. 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?

    God will use every situation to read somebody else. Once you understand the lengts that God will go just to reach somebody who would be willing to receive and you will begin to understand that your life will become more and more of a conduit. I would suggest anyone that if you’re going through a trial look for openings that God would be giving you to be a witness to somebody else. Once you begin your walk with Christ have two missions: Go to heaven and bring as many people with you.

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

    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.

    Since God did it for them then, He will do it for us now…looking forward to what God is doing and is going to do at POFW and beyond!

  4. Acts 16:25-26 [Amp] But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [ other] prisoners were listening to them.[26] Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. I can see doors opening and shackles coming off of prisoners that are bound. Being born again makes you feel good inside about yourself . You just want to shout out Jesus save me and wash me clean . There’s nothing my God can’t do. Give him praises and sing him a new song at midnight. First the kingdom.

  5. One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes.
    Acts of the Apostles 16:16 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.16.16.NLT

    Paul and Silas were heading to PRAYER and God showed them a need.
    When we align ourselves with His agenda and commune with Him daily great things can happen. Jesus, help us to discipline our flesh and give ourselves over to You in PRAYER today. In Jesus name.

  6. We got to trust our God always , Jesus is king and Lord over our lives … Lets walk into the unknown gladly , prayerfully, Obediently

    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! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”
    Acts of the Apostles 16:26‭-‬28‭, ‬31 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.16.26-31.NLT

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    Injesusname

  7. 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 16:31‭-‬33 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/act.16.31-33.KJV

    I love this, God sent Paul and Timothy so they can meet Lydia and this man and his family be baptized in the name of Jesus! This chapter speaks volumes about obedience, what if Paul ignored the vision? If they were disobedience the gentiles wouldn’t have a chance, because that’s was Paul’s ministry, God is so good, I love these testimonies because they put in perspective that we as gentiles are SOOO blessed to have an opportunity to be saved by repentance, baptis6in the name of Jesus, and receiving g the Holy Ghost.

    Matthew 15:26-28
    But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
    Matthew 15:26‭-‬28 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.15.26-28.KJV
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  8. 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.

    Seeing the power of representation!

    It’s funny how when you are carry the word and the spirit of God, even your enemy will recognize God within you. I have always wanted people to see Jesus in me everywhere I went. This can happen only by seeking first the kingdom and all his righteousness to allow God to guide and direct your footsteps.

    This possessed damsel followed them many days, can I tell someone that the spirits of this world will follow you until you will do one of two things, you will either receive them or you will be bold enough to rebuke and reject them. It is a decision that you alone can make. There is truly nothing in this world worth losing your souls to. Yes there will come a time where you may end up in prison, falsely accused or even guilty for being bold in the Holy Ghost. But the fact remains you will have to choose whom you will serve. I pray that I will not be halted between two opinions.

    Let me serve the kingdom of God above everything else. We have to not only love the kingdom but we have to live the kingdom.

  9. ALL THAT IT TAKES:

    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. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 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 16:27‭-‬33 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/act.16.27-33.KJV

    All that it takes is one moment. The jailer in this case arose and thought all the prisoners had fled. He was about to take his own life in shame, but then Paul called out to him: assured him that all the prisoners were accounted for. From that point the guard was in awe of what God had done: he asked what must I do to be saved and how can I save my family. I believe that sometimes you have to get to the breaking point for God to finally do a work in you. I don’t think it is a matter of how your journey begins, but how you finish. God is always working in us and through us. I could be walking down the street and somebody may walk by that is filled with the same spirits I once was. How would I react; I would give them my testimony. God will put us in the path of those that are going through what we have been through. Our testimony is our greatest weapon against the adversary. Thank you Jesus for giving me such a weapon to use.

    ipray
    iread
    iblog
    itithe
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    iworship
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    IBlessyouintheNameoftheLordJesusChrist
    #godslist

  10. 15She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.

    Lydia had the faith to believe and took the first step to accept Jesus as Savior. She was the example for her household. Then the rest of her family saw her and believed also. It’s only takes one to lead many.

  11. 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.

  12. 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

    God’s always working. He’s always got a plan and a purpose. Even in the midst of your chaos and misfortune, God IS working! It may be as simple as someone’s salvation like it happened here, but always trust the hand of God and let Him lead you.

  13. Paul was willing to be lead and was obedient to his calling, even when plans changed. He searched for opportunities to keep sharing the good news and brought many to know Jesus. Even after being beaten black and blue, they (Paul and Silas) had an attitude of praise. Regardless of our situation and/or outlook, we must continue to share this gospel until the whole world knows.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 CEV “With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.”

  14. 13And 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.

    16And 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:

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

    I inserted these above verses because it shows how the Apostles had a custom of prayer. These prayer meetings were life changing in many ways. Some prayer meetings brought salvation to the hearers, some brought healing to those in bondage, and some brought a beat down. Regardless of the results, the Apostles left a good example of prayer.

    On a side note: Paul once again uses his “Roman Card” and it scared the daylights outta them fellers. Paul informs us the Christian later in life that we can use our citizenship card as well. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself (Philippians 3:20 – 21).”

    Conclusion:
    We can use our citizenship card just like Paul did when the enemy tries to lay stripes on us… as long as we are innocent of the false accusations. “Make me a house of Prayer”.

  15. Acts 16:6-10 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were for bidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.After they had come to Mysia, they try 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.

    God leads, we follow

    All leaders need discernment just like Paul.
    Must hear God’s voice in prayer time.
    Good leaders are good listeners.

    Keep the Fire burning!

  16. 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.

    Paul and Silas were beaten before they went into prison. All the times I read this passage, this popped out. In the midnight hour, not only in prison and bound, but beaten as well. They sang to God. The purity of Praise cones when we are going through the toughest times in life. When I had lost my father, I got to play drums that Sunday. I remember several people coming up to me and saying how well i played that day. And honestly i wasnt playing, because I felt the Spirit of God in that drum room. So evedent that I wasnt playing but God was working through me that day. Yes we can praise God everyday and we should. But you may not know what pure praise feels like until you praise through the tests and trials. When all hope is lost, and you dont know which way is up.

    Young people, the way to go through something is praise your way through it. Try it, and i guarantee that you will not regret it.

    Seek ye first the Kingdom of God

  17. Acts Chapter 16 verse 13-15
    13. And out in the city by the river side on a Saturday There was this women who sat down and made a prayer that was made.
    14. Lydia a women seller of purple of the city of thyatira heard us worship god and whose heart Jesus opened she attended the things spoken of god.
    15.And when her Household was baptized and I was saying if I have to be faithful to be judged come to Jesus home and abide and constrain us

  18. 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
    ———
    A (statement) a promise i believed the very first time it was said to me.
    I believe!
    God is good!

  19. Acts 16
    A Passion for Souls
    Paul kept his eyes and heart open . He had no fear to take into his care Timotheus. Going as far to take care of the custom of circumcision. I think of young men baptized over the past few weeks. Are there any Paul’s willing to help rid them of the worldly things they have been involved with ? Will they have a desire to teach them. Paul had no hesitation his job was much more difficult. I watched recently as a young man nemed Lawrence be baptized. Tears of repentance along with sobs he was ready for a change. Could he be the next evangelist, Sunday school teacher? There must be men to rise up and step out taking risks . So many who need just a friend just a spiritual example as Paul. I was going to pray that God would equip us but He already has. Daily we must walk into this world listen you will hear their cry. Watch you will see their fears. Touch you will feel their relief that someone cares.
    Yes it may be uncomfortable situations but we cannot allow one soul to be lost just because of who they are what there life situations may be. We can pray but we must also get into their life.
    There are men and women waiting willing waiting for us to tell them about the saving power of God.

    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.

  20. Acts 16:13,16, 25 (NLT)
    13) On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there.

    16) One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes.

    25) Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.

    It was in the DAYTIME that they went to the riverbank where people would be meeting for PRAYER, and they meet Lydia. She listened and accepted what Paul was saying, and she and her household were baptized.

    It was in the DAYTIME that they went down to the place of PRAYER, and they met a slave girl (a damsel possessed with a spirit of divination), and a few days later, Paul commands the spirit in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her, and it came out.

    It was at MIDNIGHT that Paul and Silas began to PRAY and Sing praises to God, and all the chains of every prisoner fell off. Paul and Silas then had the opportunity to share the Word of the Lord with the jailer and his household. That hour of the NIGHT, the jailer and his household were baptized, and they rejoiced because they all believed in God.

    Day and Night
    Night and Day,
    Day and Night
    Night and Day,
    Day and Night
    Night and Day,
    Make Me A House Of Prayer

  21. “Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/116/act.16.4-5.nlt

    When we go person to person sharing the Gospel and our testimony we are literally strengthening their faith. That alone is doing the work of the Kingdom. We’re helping people become stronger in the most important thing there is. Let’s go strengthen folks in Jesus name!

  22. 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.
    Acts 16:14 KJV
    Lydia was already a worshipper of God which allows God to lead you to more truth. After hearing the Gospel from Paul, she moved with obedience. Faith always produces obedience. Yet, we see it still took God to open her heart. This reminds me of what Pastor said that we can’t control the response of the hearer but when you find one hungry soul, what a joy it is to be a part of it! God help us to speak boldly for you and trust you with the results. We may be planting a seed that somebody else will water! Whatever our part may be, to God be the glory because it was His goodness that led them to repentance.

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

    Today we read how the holy ghost equips us to praise during difficult times. How 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. There are a lot of good life lessons in this chapter that can help those wanting to do Kingdom work.

    1. Verses 1-5 — YOU CAN’T WIN PEOPLE BY OFFENDING THEM. So do what you can, for the Gospel’s sake, to be all things to all men.

    2. Verses 6-12 — THERE’S A RIGHT TIME FOR EVERY PLACE. You must be led of the Spirit when doing His work.

    3. Verses 13-15 — WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR RESPONSE. We are laborers together with God. We can speak the Word, but only God can open the heart. No man can come unless the Spirit draw him.

    4. Verses 16-18 — PEOPLE CAN SPEAK RIGHT WORDS WITH A WRONG SPIRIT. Don’t accept too hastily because they are saying what you want to hear. Try the spirits and see if they be of God. You shall know them by their fruit.

    5. Verses 19-24 — BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE IN THE WILL OF GOD. You can’t doubt the call just because things didn’t go the way you had planned.

    6. Verses 25-34 — WHAT SEEMS BAD DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BAD IF WE’LL KEEP A RIGHT SPIRIT. God doesn’t waste our pain. If we’ll stop licking our own wounds and focus on the Lord and His Kingdom, He’ll work our pain to the eternal good of another.

    7. Verses 35-39 — IT’S ALRIGHT TO STAND UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT. They didn’t slink away in fear of further hardship; rather, they forced another meeting, probably hoping for an opportunity to share God’s Word with their accusers.

    8. Verse 40 — NEVER SEEK PITY FOR YOUR OWN HARDSHIPS; IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. They used their experience to comfort and encourage other believers. (They gave their situational testimony so that others would know that God works all things together for good.)

  25. 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.

    Paul was grieved for many reasons about this girl: she was possessed first of all and used by a spirit that is not of God, not serving God nor headed to heaven; second-while satan may speak truth on occasion, here it was annoying and perhaps mocking, because anyone who heard Paul speak already knew he was showing them salvation; and third, the spirit in her should not have had any right to enter a human and needed to be cast out and down into it’s place. By casting out that spirit, Paul and Silas ended up in prison where God was able to show his power and glory and even there continued to use Paul to witness and bring the lost to the kingdom. To us today, be used of God no matter where you are- in prison, on the job, anywhere.

  26. Entire trust

    MSG 30-31 “Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?” They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live—and everyone in your house included!”

    We live in a world where trust must be earned and seems to be in short supply. Most of us have faced disappointments, which have taught us that we can only depend upon ourselves. Living the life God has called us to means unlearning that lesson. We read and understand that He possesses all wisdom. But sometimes trusting Him completely like that can be tough.

    What if we don’t feel like we can trust God completely / entirely? If we were wrongly accused, sentenced, whipped and jailed – would we invite people to our pity party or trust that it was for a reason. The jailer and his family may have never heard the gospel had it not been for this event. It could be he may have heard it but is not an easy believer and needed a more direct contact with Paul and Silas to be fully convinced.

    So much in this world can clutter up our relationship with God. Our blessings can easily become our stumbling blocks when we think of them as what we deserve or what we need to be happy. Running from evil and the desires of our flesh and pursuing God doesn’t come naturally to most. Sometimes it takes something bad happening or seeing ourselves in a bad light before we finally admit that we need to change.

  27. FIRST THE KINGDOM
    PRAISE IN THE FIRE

    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.

    Serving JESUS and especially being involved and engaged in the Kingdom of GOD we find ourselves in situations and circumstances that we didn’t ask for or even expect to happen. The fiery furnace is an image in every believers mind of the Love and Grace of GOD. But what about my fiery furnace? What about your fiery furnace? Do we expect GOD to be any less GOD to us today? NO.

    JESUS is still the 4th man in the FIRE. Whatever you are facing you are not facing it alone. We must BELIEVE this. This is why there was such power in the lil midnight song at the all night prayer meeting.

    Electing Praise over Pity they Prayed and Praised.

    These men of GOD were painfully and falsely accused and convicted of preaching JESUS. Persecution for living for GOD is a HUGE compliment. Give GOD the PRAISE for your FIRE.

    We are often tempted to feel the victim in these circumstances, however with the FIRE on our Altar that never Burns Out we can now be the Victor through JESUS and the FIRE of the Holy Ghost.

    Whatever you face today these 40 Days of First FIRE have produced some serpants for us: shake it off in the FIRE on your ALTAR and choose PRAISE over pity.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  28. 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.

    Faith without works is dead. While we are handing out our invites to Pentecost Sunday, let’s put some faith with those works and pray for the hearts of people that we hand them to, to be opened to receive what God has for them.

    Lydia received the truth that Paul spoke about because she worshipped God and He opened her heart to receive. I believe there are many people that worship God in their own way, not in fullness of truth, but nevertheless, worship God. If the Spirit of God can open their hearts to hear and receive the truth, then the seeds we are planting will not fall on fallow ground, but good soil and grow within the individuals.

  29. 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:

    ***That his father was a Greek, a Gentile. The marriage of a Jewish woman to a Gentile husband (though some would make a difference) was prohibited as much as the marriage of a Jewish man to a Gentile wife, Deuteronomy 7:3. Thou shalt no more give thy daughter to his son than take his daughter to thy son yet this seems to have been limited to the nations that lived among them in Canaan, whom they were most in danger of infection from. Now because his father was a Greek he was not circumcised: for the entail of the covenant and the seal of it, as of other entails in that nation, went by the father, not by the mother so that his father being no Jew he was not obliged to circumcision, nor entitled to it, unless when he grew up he did himself desire it.

  30. 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.

    First off I am sooo glad I am not a man, what a sacrifice…..life has become easier because of the commodities but spiritually it is the same, it should not be easier for the man of today, compared to the man of those times (spiritually) the sacrifice should not be less is what I am trying to say….. JESUS is with us today so why does HIS creation think it ok to live like the world, especially the church!?!

  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.

    Paul and Silas didn’t give up on spreading the word of God and saving people. Even with them being prisoners they sang and prayed to God. It just shows you even in the darkest moments don’t stop praising or spreading his word. At the end of it all there was victory!! My God you are a beautiful love!

  32. 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.

    8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

    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 endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    When living for God and being led by the Holy Ghost we will often hear a “no” or “not right now”. It is import that we carry the same attitude that Paul had. He was willing to lay down his will and his plans for the direction of the Holy Ghost.

    The Holy Ghost often guides as much by the closing of doors as He does by the opening of doors.

    So will you continue to have a willing attitude?

    Lord, not my will but “Thy Will be Done”.

  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:

    Does it matter who your daddy is??? In the eyes of the Lord it doesn’t matter who your daddy is! Once you are baptized in Jesus Name you get adopted into His lineage and He becomes your father! Yes, Jesus is my Daddy and what a great Daddy is He! In reality it doesn’t matter if your father is not believer let your life become a living testimony for him and may you be the becon of light that will lead the way to Jesus so they may gain salvation through Jesus Blood!!!! Best Daddy is our Jesus!!!

  34. “so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:3-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  35. Some times we have to go through some bad times to reach some one else.
    Paul would have never talked to the jailer and his family if he was in in prison. If he was not in prison then there would not have been a great miracle done that could bring others to salvation.
    So what ever we go through good or bad stop and ask is what I’m going to teach me something or to reach someone.
    We all have some going on good and bad but we all also have people watching us so let us use our life to show them the kingdom

  36. Acts chapter 16 verse 6 NOW when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia and where 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, NOW before safe a souls you must suffering persecution and whips, this is how in Paul’s time the preacher’s and evangelist was getting pay, Not like today day, many preachers and catholic’s are the same thing selling Salvation using the word of God to get reach, verse 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, Verse 22 And the multitude rose up together against them;and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to BEAT THEM, NOW, They got through in jail and totally beat up, but the time getting ready to save a soul’s this in the prison the watchman he was ready to commit Suicide, but Paul save him, verse 28 But Paul cried with a LOUD VOICE, Saying Do thyself no harm for we are all here verse 30 And brought them out, and said Sirs, what must I do to be saved?, NOW Paul preach the Jesus Christ Gospel, and all in his house go saved, And they all got baptized and water and with the seal of the HOLLY SPIRIT FIRE,

  37. 30 Y los sacaron y dijeron: Señores, ¿qué debo hacer para ser salvo?

    31 Y ellos dijeron: Cree en el Señor Jesucristo, y serás salvo, y en tu casa.

    * Es Hermoso poder tener la Confianza en que Dios cumplira esa Palabra en Nosotros y nuestra Casa también . Y así como se le dijo a este Hombre : “Cree en el Señor Jesucristo , y serás Salvó tú y tu casa” Dios se encargará de hacerla realidad en mi Familia , porque Yo estoy creyendo en ese Poderoso Señor Jesucristo …. ! Gloria a Dios !

  38. 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be
    In these last days there will be people who will be as hungry as this that will be asking how to be saved.will you be ready when they ask you

  39. 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.

    Our flesh/ natural mind will see the worst outcomes but when we set our eyes on him we see how he directs a path to freedom and victory! Our praise needs to awaken lost souls around us that they hear about his greatness constantly through us!

  40. 3 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.

    They reached out to this woman and the Lord opened her heart to the truth. They witnessed to her, she was baptized and then she invited them into her home. We shouldn’t judge people by their status, color, demeanor, etc. Everyone needs God. We just have to witness and let each person know.
    It mentions that she was a “seller of purple”. Purple was a color for royalty in those days because it was a dye that was very hard to come by. You had to put a lot of work in to getting the color purple.

    “The rarity of purple in nature and the expense of creating its dye gave it a great deal of prestige. It was the most expensive dye known to the ancient Israelites in the Bible. It was the color of choice for those of noble or royal birth or those who were high-level officials.
    Anciently, the production of purple dye was a long and laborious task. The liquid used to create it came from a tiny Mediterranean Sea snail gland. Each snail produced only a single drop of the needed fluid. To produce one pound of dye, during ancient Roman Empire times, took the acquiring of four million mollusks.” (Bible study.org.)

    So being she was a “seller of purple” she came in contact with royalty and nobility often. This may lead to the opinion that she may have been snooty or bougie, herself. But yet she still received the gospel and was saved. We cannot judge a book by it’s cover and pick and choose when it comes to witnessing and outreach.
    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)

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

    Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

  42. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay; so she persuaded us.

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

    When you’re at the end of your road and you don’t know what to do just hold on at what you know it works .

    A.L.M.A.S.

  44. The opportunity of and open door

    “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. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:27-28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This is a decision that no one in the world would understand. Why would Paul and Silas stay I the prison when the doors were wide open and they had done no wrong. In fact God opened the doors himself. The power of their praise met God in heaven and he just opened up the doors for them. But why? The world would say it was so they could flee their persecutors but Paul and Silas saw the opportunity to do something greater with their open door. They decided to use that door to minister and to save a soul. There are doors that God will open for us but once we step through that door we have to go the right direction . Being keen to the Holy Ghost guides us not only through the door but into the right direction afterward. Let us see opportunities thru the eyes of God so that our open doors are not wasted but redeemed to fulfill the will of God.

  45. Help Wanted

    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 endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

    Business hang help wanted signs, homeless hold help wanted signs, and hurting people often hid their help wanted signs. Yet God has given us the power to help them all in some way. My prayer is that we are not too busy to see their signs or recognize the hidden signs that we do not help them.

    This community needs us so let us be willing to pray for them and help them see Jesus!

  46. 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.

  47. 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 mixture of prayer and praise got the attention of God. Not that they were ever forsaken. It shows God we are willing to step aside and give the opportunity for God to move in the miraculous.

  48. 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.

    No matter what your situation or circumstances are The outcome is always better when you praise God and pray.

  49. “Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek.”
    ‭‭

  50. There may be a time where you are accused of doing the will of God. It is in that time we must stand strong and do what the word of God says. The enemy will throw things your way that will cause you to doubt. When your faith is high, you have the power to resist the devil and he will flee.

  51. By faith Paul went where ever God told him to go. Not knowing how they were going to be recieve, not knowing who they were going to run into, not even knowing where they would end up when they got there, but by faith Paul proceeded with his Kingdom works. Alot of times it didnt settle well with folks and Paul had to go through quite alot of trouble. But he did all this because he knew who he served he new that no matter what God had him.

    Lord help me to step out of my comfort zone and into faith. More times then not i have been lead to pray with others or just to speak with others on your behalf, and hesitated because of the unknown reaction, rejection, and ridicule. Lord help me to better serve you by faith and not by my own personal judgement. In Jesus name, Amen!

  52. 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 in your darkest hour is what God may want to use to deliver others around you. You should always take a step back in the middle of the chaos and darkest situations and allow your praise to affect those around you. It is powerful that it can and will cause God to use it to break the bonds of others.

  53. 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.

    People all around us see us, know us, and are waiting for us to tell the our testimonies. They are waiting for us to lead them to Jesus. When we finally grow confident in Jesus, and remember that they are not accepting/ rejecting us, but Jesus, then we too will see the church grow daily as Jesus wants it to.

  54. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

    They sang and prayed and the earth shook and the prison doors flew open. Sometimes it takes a little praise and worship to see a might move of God! Even through the bad times if you seek Him first He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Midnight reminded me of this old song and like Paul and Silas one day at midnight we will be going home.

    I hear the sound
    Of a mighty rushing wind
    And it’s closer now
    Than it’s ever been
    I can almost hear the trumpet
    As Gabriel sounds the call
    At the midnight cry
    We’ll be going home
    I look around me
    I see prophecies fulfilled everywhere
    The signs of the times
    They’re appearing everywhere
    Oh, I can almost see the father
    As He says, son, go get my children
    At the midnight cry
    The bride of christ will rise
    When Jesus steps out
    On a cloud to call his children
    The dead in Christ shall rise
    To meet Him in the air
    And it’s closer now
    That it’s ever been
    And then those that remain
    Shall be quickly changed
    At the midnight cry
    We’ll be going home
    I look around me, I see prophecies fulfilled everywhere
    The signs of the times, they’re appearing everywhere
    I can almost see the Father as He says, Son, go get my children
    Oh, at the midnight, the bride of Christ will rise
    When Jesus steps out on a cloud to call his children
    The dead shall rise to meet Him in the air
    And then those that remain shall be quickly changed
    At the midnight cry, oh, at the midnight cry
    At the midnight cry, oh, when Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
    Steps out on a cloud to call His children
    The dead in Christ shall rise to meet him in the air
    And then those that remain shall be quickly changed
    In a moment, shall be changed, in a moment, yes, and
    At the midnight, oh, at the midnight cry
    Yes, at the midnight cry
    We’ll be going home
    We’ll be going
    Going home

  55. “This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.”(Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:18‬ NLT)

    God has given us the authority to put the appearance of evil under our feet.(1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭KJV“Abstain from all appearance of evil”). We are given the authority by the Holy Spirit just like Paul has been given the orders to cast out the demon in the name of Jesus the name that’s above all names.

  56. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    For a few days Paul and those traveling with him were followed by a lady possessed with a spirit. They tolerated her actions until they could no more and ordered the spirit to come out of her, after that they had no issues with her in particular. I think sometimes some of us forget what kind of power we possess when we call on the name of Jesus so we choose to tolerate different spirits that try to bring us down and get in our way. But the reality is we possess the same power Paul did and at any time we can choose to command those spirits to leave us alone.

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