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The Original Jailhouse Rock: It Was Not by Elvis, It Was by Faith

Updated on June 9, 2018

Acts 16 The Jailer is saved.

It does not matter how you get saved only that you do. So is the case of the jailer in Acts 16. God wants us to be close to Him and sometimes He will use whatever means are necessary for us to receive Him. Even though we do not realize it; He is always working. He is working for our good. He is always at it.

In Acts 16 Paul, Silas and some other Christians are arrested in Phillipi. They are arrested because they drove out an unclean spirit of a young slave girl who was going around reading fortunes and making money for her owners. She then after the exorcism shemoo is unable to do these readings and no longer receives money for them thus depriving the money from her owners. This angers them greatly and tremendously. Once again greed, money and financial gain rears it's ugly head. Paul and the others are arrested. They are beaten and chained and placed in prison. It is late in the night but these prisoners are singing,hailin, praising and worshipping The Lord. Then, an earthquake rocks the prison so violently that the doors open and the chains are loosened. This jailhouse rock was not by Elvis but it most certainly was by faith. It alarms the jailer and he finds himself in a quite precarious situation and difficult position and in fact so difficult that he is about to take his own life. Instead, Paul calls out to him and tells him everything is alright and we are all still right here. Everything will be fine and there is no need to fret or worry. What?

The jailer can hardly believe that they did not try to escape and it changes his heart forever. So much so in fact that he dresses their wounds and gives them food and drink and he asks them what he needs to do to be a Christian. This is such an incredible example that is set:

Acts 16:29-34 Then he ( the jailer ) 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 the Jailer 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.

God provides many, many opportunities for us to lead by example. Sometimes we are unable to see those opportunities. Really we need only to follow the example taught by the greatest example of all, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He shows us through His love and His sacrifice. You can lead simply by example. This would go for all mankind and the key word here is KIND. God is so very good. Let Him work in your life and like the jailer you will soon realize the magnitude of His love. It is indeed enormous. It has no bounds. What an incredible blessing!

God bless always.


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      Dana minick 

      3 years ago

      What an inspiring, kind and loving story. Always put the Lord first everything else will follow.


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