Presentation on theme: "Breakthrough in the Midnight hour ACTS 16:22-34. ACTS 16:22-24 ► 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered."— Presentation transcript:
Breakthrough in the Midnight hour ACTS 16:22-34
ACTS 16:22-24 ► 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. ► 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
ACTS 16:25,26 ► 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 everyone’s chains came loose.
ACTS 16:27-29 ► 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.
ACTS 16: ► 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
ACTS 16:33,34 ► 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household 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 household.
4 things we can do during our midnight hour ► 1. STAY CONNECTED TO GOD BY PRAYING AND PRAISING HIM (Acts 16 :25a) ► Praying and singing hymns of praise to God (Amplified) ► 2 Chronicles 20:2 – A vast army from Edom is marching against you.. ► V.4 – so people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the LORD. ► V.22 – At the moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies…to start fighting among themselves
2. BE CAREFUL OF OUR TESTIMONY, PRISONERS ARE LISTENING ►V►V►V►V.25b - and the other prisoners were listening to them (Paul and Silas). ►P►P►P►Proverbs 18:21 – Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life (NLT) ►R►R►R►Rev. 12:11 – They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (NKJV)
3. BE AWARE OF BOTH NATURAL & SUPERNATURAL OCCURENCES ► V.28 – But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” ► People will always be astonished at our midnight hour response of faith ► Psalms23:5 –Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me (NLT)
4. SPEAK THE WORD OF THE LORD IN YOUR HOUR OF DARKNESS ► V.29 – The jailer called for lights ► V.32 – Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and all others in his household ► Psalms 119:89 – Your word O lord is eternal v.105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path ► Ezekiel 37:4 –Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord’.