In the book of Acts we find a wonderful story of salvation. God sent an earthquake to bring salvation to a jailer and his household– and to the prisoners who were interested. Yes, God wants to save sinners– no matter what it takes!
Let’s read the passage.
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.
And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. Acts 16:25-34 NKJV
1. At midnight.
At a dark time in your life.
At a time when you’re pained, distressed, lonely, rejected, physically drained, financially devastated, emotionally depleted or spiritually oppressed.
At a time when things are not going the way you had hoped or planned.
At a time when things are out of your control and you don’t know which way to turn or what to do.
At a time of such darkness that you can’t even see your own hands in front of your open eyes!
There is something you can do. Something that goes against your own nature! Something that’s pleasing to God. Something that is powerfully effective! You can, like Paul and Silas, turn to God in worship!
2. Praying and singing.
Praying pro-actively acknowledges God’s place in your life.
It increases your awareness of His presence: how great He really is,
how personal He is, how loving He is, and how involved in your life He is.
It gets God’s attention as you express your need for Him.
Singing (praise and worship) encourages the heart!
It engenders faith!
It reveals God’s presence!
And, it touches others!
3. Other Prisoners Were Listening.
Someone who is in bondage is always watching your life, very aware of what you’re up to. They are listening to your talk and watching your walk.
Someone in bondage wants to know if your faith is real because they need something real in their own life!
They have pressing needs. Desperate needs.
They want and need to know if your God can help them, so they watch to see if you really trust Him to help you when things are bad.
They are waiting for some good news that is more than words!
We have a great responsibility to let our lights shine out into the darkness for those who are watching.
4. All the doors flew open!
Faith mixed with prayer, praise and worship brings results! It opens all doors.
Doors of hard hearts.
Doors of trouble.
Doors of defeat.
Doors of addictions.
Doors of misunderstanding.
Doors of failure.
Doors of ignorance.
Doors of rejection.
Doors of woundedness.
Doors of secrets.
Doors of painful memories.
Doors of sickness.
Doors of prodigals.
Doors of doubt.
Doors of poor self-image.
Doors of willfulness.
Doors of unforgiveness.
Doors of abuse.
Open doors allow light to enter!
The light of revelation knowledge that leads to freedom!
Open doors allow fresh air to enter!
God’s precious Holy Spirit breathes into the situation and offers life!
Open doors allow those inside to come out!
If they want it to be, prisoners can walk free!
5. Chains of every prisoner fell off!
Faith, prayer, praise and worship led to freedom!
Freedom for the falsely accused and for the liars.
Freedom for the thieves, the slanderers, the immoral, the murderers and the rapists.
Freedom for the good old boys and the worst of sinners.
Freedom for the whited sepulchres and the Satanists!
Everyone’s chains fell off!
Why? Because, “The Lord is not… willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
The blood of Jesus paid for all sin to be forgiven! Freedom is offered to all whether they take it or not! All may have new life by faith in Christ!
6. The Jailor and his family were saved! You can be too.
The jailor was serious about his need of God. He asked what to do and he was given the answer that is good for everyone.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household (Acts16:31).
So, they did believe and they were saved! They responded to the truth from heaven, the good news of God’s word, by faith! They simply believed and they were all saved by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus!
You can be too. The work is already accomplished. The doors are open! The chains have fallen away! Satan can only keep you bound if you believe in His illusions! He’s a liar! Don’t believe him and the lie he has placed before your eyes. Defeat is just a perspective!
Believe God and look through the eyes of faith! Appropriate by faith what God has already promised and provided for you. He is a good God and provides good gifts!
Follow the example of the leper who went to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you ae willing, You can make me whole” (Luke 5:12).
And listen to the reply of Jesus in verse 13, “I am willing, be cleansed.”
He said, “I am willing!” He wants to forgive you, free you, heal you and provide for you. He wants to save you to the uttermost!
Turn to Him. Ask Him. Trust Him.
The doors are open. God really loves you!
- Throwing off the chains (princessemmablog.wordpress.com)