Have you ever been in a scary bad situation?
Sweat on your brow and that clinching feeling in your heart?
Then by devine intervention you got saved!
This is a story like that.
Let’s have a look!
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then 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 — you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God — he and his whole family. Acts 16:22-34
Ever been flogged? Maybe your dad gave you a big hiding one time, but that does not even compare!
Ever been to jail? They were thrown in jail for speaking the truth.
Ever been in a violent earth quake?
Imagine this all happening to you in one day!!!
Have you ever said: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
That might be the most important question to ask in your life!
There is a condition here stating: Believe in the Lord Jesus.
Can a baby believe? No, it cant even change it’s own nappy!
Speaking the word of the Lord has the following practical, they were baptized immediately.
Finishing off the story, it also states that he and his whole family believed.
Do you think the apostles made sure they believed? If that was a condition to be saved, surely they did!
Did you get baptized after you believed? Were you filled with joy?
Prayer for Today:
God I don’t know if that would have been my attitude after I was flogged! I might have moped and cried because of the pain. They even shared their faith in the most horific circumstances. It just show me Lord you can word in every circumstance. I pray that my story would also be shared ine day of my belief and baptism in the Lord. Amen.
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