Paul took Silas and went to Macedonia as the Spirit prompted
But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we all are here! “
🌻 Paul saw in a vision in the 🌃 night that a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him to come over to Macedonia and help them. (Acts 16:9) So Paul took Silas and went to Macedonia as the Spirit prompted him to do so. One day when he was going to a place of prayer, he met a slave – girl having a spirit of divination in her and who was making 💰 money for her masters by fortune – telling. She followed Paul and others and cried out everyday and said,
” These men are bond – servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation. “
🌻 But Paul was greatly annoyed with the slave – girl when he heard her for many days and commanded the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus. So from that moment she was not able to make any profit for her masters by fortune – telling. So her masters were angry with Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities. When they were brought before the chief authorities, they spoke against Paul and Silas and also the crowd of people rose up against them. So the chief magistrates tore their robes and ordered that they be beaten with rods before putting them in prison.
🌻 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were in prison, they were praying and singing hymns of praise to God and all the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there came a great earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison house and immediately the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened . The jailer awoke from his sleep and when he saw the prison doors opened, he thought that the prisoners had escaped, so he removed his sword to kill himself. But Paul filled with the Holy Spirit, called out to the jailer and saved him from harming himself and told him that no one had escaped. (Acts 16:25-27) So the jailer called for lights to be brought in the cell to check whether what Paul had said was true.
🌻 When the jailer saw that no prisoners had escaped, he trembled with 😱 fear and fell at the feet of Paul and Silas and said to them, ” Sirs, what must I do to be saved? ” So Paul told him to believe in the Lord Jesus and he will be saved, he and his household. ( Acts 16:31) Thus the jailer and his household came to believe in Jesus and were converted.
💘 We find Paul and Silas praising God in the midst of great pain ( they were beaten up with rods) and imprisonment for the name of Jesus. But their sufferings led to the conversion of the jailer and his household. They came to believe in Jesus and were saved.
💘 Lord Jesus strengthen our faith in You and help us to be Your witness to others even when misunderstood or when others are against us. Amen.
6975 – Patsy Fernandes