Daily Bible Study

@just4him (140921)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
February 10, 2019 5:11am CST
Day 30 Acts 16:16-40 Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the Most-High God, which show unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. 19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And 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 bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spoke unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. 35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed. Do you know your rights? What do you do when someone treats you unfairly? A woman with an evil spirit followed Paul and Silas, letting everyone who came near them know Paul was a servant of God. Yet Paul recognized the evil spirit in her and commanded the spirit to leave. When the spirit left, the men who handled her, realized they no longer had a source of income, and complained to the magistrates and had Paul and Silas thrown in prison. However, God set them free with an earthquake that shook only the prison. It was the custom for the magistrates to kill the jailer if prisoners escaped. The jailer intended to kill himself before the magistrates killed him. However, no one had escaped. Everyone was still in the prison. When the jailer saw it, he recognized it was God who caused the earthquake and asked about salvation. Paul told him what he must do, and he and his household believed and were baptized. After feeding them and taking care of them, he kept them safe for the magistrates. When the magistrates set them free, Paul a Roman citizen, demanded justice. No one could come against a Roman to whip them or throw them in jail without cause. When the magistrates learned they were Roman, they hurried to do what Paul requested. As Christians, you have rights. Your rights are not the same as the rights of non-Christians. Your rights are God-given because you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Your Advocate is Jesus Christ. Your Counselor is the Holy Spirit, and your Judge is God Almighty. When someone comes against you, all you need to do is call on Jesus and He will come to your defense. He will keep you safe from all harm and will see justice accomplished on your behalf. With God on your side, people will notice and want to know what they can do to receive the same justice. Your testimony will bring people to their knees as they shout out for salvation through Jesus Christ. Let’s pray: Father, let Your Holy Spirit work in me as my testimony shows the way of salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ. Bring whole households to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. Copyright © 10 February 2019 by Valerie Routhieaux Image courtesy of Pixabay
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@Janet357 (8466)
10 Feb
Jesus the Son of God is indeed our Savior. And we must follow his examples. Thank you for posting this Ms. Val.
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb
Yes, He is. You're welcome. Have a blessed day.
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@Janet357 (8466)
10 Feb
@just4him thank you. Same to you.
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@TRBRocks420 (91325)
• United States
10 Feb
Amen my friend :)
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb
Thank you. I'm glad you were blessed by the study. Have a blessed day.
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11 Feb
Thank you for this.
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb
You're welcome. Have a blessed day.
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11 Feb
@just4him Yes. By God's Grace.
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@Nevena83 (13755)
• Serbia
10 Feb
Amin
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb
Have a blessed day.
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@Nevena83 (13755)
• Serbia
11 Feb
@just4him thank you
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@aureliah (22468)
• Kenya
14 Feb
Amen and be blessed
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Feb
Thank you. Have a blessed day.
@jstory07 (75090)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Feb
This was really a good bible study. Thanks for sharing.
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@just4him (140921)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Feb
You're welcome. Have a blessed day.