Paul and Silas in Prison
Acts of the Apostles 16: 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. 17She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”
18This 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.
19Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20“The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!” they shouted to the city officials. 21“They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”
22A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.
25Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26Suddenly, 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! 27The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”
29The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33Even 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. 34He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.
35The next morning the city officials sent the police to tell the jailer, “Let those men go!” 36So the jailer told Paul, “The city officials have said you and Silas are free to leave. Go in peace.”
37But Paul replied, “They have publicly beaten us without a trial and put us in prison—and we are Roman citizens. So now they want us to leave secretly? Certainly not! Let them come themselves to release us!”
38When the police reported this, the city officials were alarmed to learn that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. 39So they came to the jail and apologized to them. Then they brought them out and begged them to leave the city. 40When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers and encouraged them once more. Then they left town.
(PM TO AM/ 12AM) Still darkness but new day.
God starts the day with darkness God has promised everything. But if might look darker outside this what faith is filled about. You can’t see it but you know you have passed midnight. (PM to AM) yes, it’s still dark outside. Nothing has changed. But the sun is on its way up. Healing> blessing is on it away.
Promotion, freedom and the right people are on their way to you. The matter of time you will see the light and of the breakthrough. Don’t be discouraged by the darkness. Darkness doesn’t mean, nothing has changed. Darkness is not a sign that nothing is happening.
Your mind will say by new you should have passed all this. By now you should have been in job. You might have achieved Something. You have to walk faith, not by sight. If you walk by sight you will talk yourself out of it, because its 11:30 PM at night. Everywhere you see, smell and touch will just look the same. There is no evidence that it’s a new day.
(Victory begins in the dark)
When you stand believing, you have passed PM to AM. You may not see any sign of a new day but it’s a new day. We all go through times when we do everything right, business will not grow promotion will not come. Family life won’t change. We will stand in faith but our health won’t improve?
It’s tempting to think that God has forgotten about us. We all ways of going to his obstacles. But the fact is light is on its way. You may have struggled in the area for a long time. You may have the belief that it will change your marriage; Your finance with addiction, it seems permanent.
But God says, you have entered the New Day. You have passed the midnight you can’t see it, but the victory is on its way. Instead of complaining about the darkness, have a new perception. The darkness means the SUN is on the way up. The promises are on its way to come true.
Who can stop Sun from rising each morning? All forces of darkness cannot stop you from what God has for you. Darkness Cannot keep God’s promise from coming to pass. During the time of darkness get an agreement with God, say “Father thank you for the new day, it still looks dark outside, but I don’t go by what I see. I go by what I know that has passed midnight.
That means my healing is coming, My breakthrough is coming, My abundance is coming, my victory is coming. God starts with darkness to bring about new things in our life. Don’t be discouraged by the darkness, when you thank in the middle of the darkness. You will praise him regardless of what is trying to stop you.
Praising during the Trouble
This what Paul and Silas were doing? They were in prison for sharing their faith. The religious leaders, the Sadducees didn’t like them. They accused them of causing a disturbance. God will never let you in a problem that he can’t bring you out of. If that difficulty, going to STOP YOUR DESTINY, GOD wouldn’t have allowed it.
It may seem too big for you. You could never overcome it. But not too big for God. He already has a solution. Any trouble can’t keep you from your purpose. That finances, the anxiety, the depression is not permanent. It may dark now, you had some bad breaks or you brought trouble on yourself.
Get ready your blessing is on its way. It Maybe dark, but something extraordinary, something unusual, something Supernatural is going to come past. We may think it too late to believe the supernatural for the year 2020. It never too late. You have 5 more months to believe for greater things to come.
Paul and Silas had chains and guards were in the outside prison gates. Everything was against them. You may be against something bigger and more powerful more influential. But your God is bigger than that.
HE BEING FOR YOU IS MORE THAN, THE WORLD BEING AGAINST YOU.
There nothing that he can’t do. Sitting in the dungeon, falsely accused. They might have been easily depressed. God!! why has this happened? It not fair we were doing what you were wanting us to do. But the scripture says that they were singing praises and giving thanks to god.
Scripture never tells us, which time the miracle happened! but it tells us it was midnight. Midnight means it’s a “new day”. While they singing suddenly there was a great earthquake. And then they walked out free. It’s not a coincidence it happened at midnight. God is showing you that it may be dark all around you when things seem against you the new day will come to the past. suddenly things will shift.
The moment you praise God, things will change in your favor. God will make things happen that you couldn’t make things happen.
BEING POSITIVE DURING NEGATIVE TIME
BE POSITIVE WHEN EVERYTHING IS NEGATIVE. WHEN MARRIAGE KEEP DELAYS, FINANCIAL BLESSINGS ARE NOT COMING, WHEN MEDICAL REPORT IS NOT IMPROVING.
Don’t go or do by what you feel. your feeling never tells you the truth. Your emotions will try to convince you, that you’re not going to make it. (SUICIDE) You mind will tell you all the reason that it’s not going to happen. Look how big is the obstacles are. Walk by faith say, Father thank you it may look dark outside but the NEW DAY HAS BEGUN. I know the light is on the way. Keep the song of praise in your heart.
God’s timing is not our Timing. Keep doing the right thing you’re on a new day. I LEARNED ONE THING. THE LONGER IT’S GOING TO BE THE LONG BETTER IT’S GOING TO TAKE. God is getting you prepared for the blessings he has already prepared for you. God is getting you stronger more mature, more confident. He’s getting other people that are involved in the place. He’s doing a work in them. Don’t be discouraged because it has been darkness for a long time.
That is a Sign. God is going to do something that you Have never seen. It will be more rewarding bigger than you imagine. Now keep praising him in the dark. Keep being good to the people in the dark. Giving, Serving, when you do like Paul and Silas. Suddenly the doors. Suddenly you will see opportunity, right people healing and breakthrough.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”Psalms 50:15
During difficulties you call relatives, call friends, call experts that all fine, but make sure you called out to God. Ask him to help you. He created the universe, he flung stars into places, he has all power. You don’t have to beg him. He is longing
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.Luke12:32
Just ask in faith asking what is promised. Pray bold. Ask God to take away wrong friends so that it will help them to reach their destiny.
The Lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.Deuteronomy 15:6
Because he is our Jehovah Jireh lord my provider. Never let dark fool you. Never let dark to speak to you. You have gone from PM to AM. It’s a New Day. A good relationship is in future, Victories are in your future. Instead of complaining about darkness, being discouraged by the darkness, have a new perspective. The dark means light is coming.
Don’t Move by what You Feel.
Don’t be moved by what you see, it may not look according to your timetable. But I can assure you SUN is going to come up, Midnight is good for you if we had all Solutions. We wouldn’t have to depend on him. Thoughts will tell you that you will never get out debt, you will never meet the right person, you never accomplish that dream.
I know after midnight the light is coming God is faithful. For Job Everything was going good for him, suddenly fell into the bottom. He lost all his health, lost his family, lost his business. It may look like a Dark season. If you hold faith in dark seasons. God will not just bring you out of it. He will not just bring you better, but he will make the enemy pay for bringing the trouble.
We think God is focusing on our fault. But God sees all the Good thinks in you. He sees your heart, kindness, Sincerity, Courage. Darkness is not permanent. At some point you’re going from PM to AM. When Job lost everything, he might have been discouraged. He sat down among the ashes and put on sackcloth. JOB GOT UP FROM THERE. And believed that my redeemer lives. He believed that God is still on the throne. God as the final say. You are going to discover the talent that you never had been seen.
The person who broke your heart, who walk you out of your life. They didn’t stop me from your destinations. You’re going to meet someone better than ever. That dark is never a waste. God is using it to birth something New. The darkness of Womb will give birth and darkness of the tomb will kill your future. Where are you right now?
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.Psalm 30:11
More blessed in the second part of your life
God is ready with the payback with greatness, now get your hopes up. Like Job Thank God.
When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!Job 42:10
Job was more blessed in the second part of his life. Rather than the 1st part of his life. Don’t believe in what darkness lies. This darkness is a sign that double is coming. The SUN is going to rise again, you’re going to see the goodness of God. In the unseen realm, things are changing in your favor.
Job hindrances were only nine months period this stated in the certain commentaries. The rest of your life will be filled with joy, the SUN is going to come up the soon rather then you think. New Day has already begun. Get ready for the breakthrough is coming. Get ready for Blessings.