Wednesday 26 December, 2012

Acts 16:25-34

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying. They were also singing hymns to God. The other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a powerful earthquake. It shook the prison from top to bottom. All at once the prison doors flew open. Everybody’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up. He saw that the prison doors were open. He pulled out his sword and was going to kill himself. He thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 “Don’t harm yourself!” Paul shouted. “We are all here!” 29 The jailer called out for some lights. He rushed in, shaking with fear. He fell down in front of Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out. He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus. Then you and your family will be saved.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him. They also spoke to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night, the jailer took Paul and Silas and washed their wounds. Right away he and his whole family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house. He set a meal in front of them. He and his whole family were filled with joy. They had become believers in God.

A demon possessed girl is delivered from her demon and the result is her employers are out of pocket. They stir up a mob and Paul & Silas are imprisoned after being beaten.

Paul & Silas pray and praise in the prison, the other prisoners l

isten in and the doors of the gaol fling open.

The jailer goes to commit suicide, thinking all the prisoners have escaped. Paul calls out, and the jailer’s response is to ask what must I do to be saved?

There is no

evidence that he had heard the Gospel, he simply recognized that Paul & Silas represented something true and he needed it.

I need to ensure that I stay true, living my faith, because like Paul & Silas it can have eternal impact!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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  1. Dina Reed says:

    How often in life we can overreact to what we see and assume. The jailor assumed the prisoner were gone and was about to make a huge decision based on a false facts. the verse that came to me as I read this passageis ” be still and know I am God” and that should be our motto as we are about to make a decision, is to wait on him fisrt.

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