The Power of Praise

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

Acts 16:25

I am currently reading through Acts.  Even though this isn’t the 1st time I’ve read the book, I find myself continually stunned at the apostles.

As I was reading in chapter 16 about Paul and Silas getting thrown in jail, I thought to myself here comes the part where they praise  God for persecution.  Sure enough I got to verse 25 were they belted out lyrics of love in the midst of jail cell.  It goes on to say that an earthquake hit, and the jail walls came down.  Is this some coincidence or could it be that the praise of their lips literally shook the earth?!

I let you draw your own conclusions.

Can we today 2,000 years later praise God through the storms, trials, and even persecutions of life?  We serve the same God as our brothers Paul and Silas did.  He is still worthy of a praise that shakes this world no matter what it throws our way.  He is greater still.   God has placed all things under his feet” according to Ephesians 1:22.

As we begin a new week, I encourage you my friends to approach the things that come your way with praise on your lips and victory in your heart.  For Christ who dwells within us has overcome the world!

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

I hope that this article only wets your appetite for the truth of God’s word.  If that is the case, read the rest of Acts 16, and discover the fruit of Paul and Silas’ night in jail.  Another suggestion, a word study on the word overcome.



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