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The Earthquake Does not matter 

Acts 16:25-26, II Tim 4:6-8,10,14,16-18

n     Introduction

o       Charged with sedition

o       Beaten with many stripes

o       Backs bruised and bleeding and unwashed

o       Cast into the inner prison where light was excluded and very little air

o       Feet were placed in stocks

n     Their occupation

o       Praying and singing hymns

o       The word for prayer here – speaks of worship, asking for gifts, rendering adoration, offering of thanksgiving

o       Hymning the praises of God

o       It was expression of the gladness of their hearts

o       They did not ask for anything , they gave
What was it that made them glad? They’re respond why do you think we are sad?

n     The prisoners were listening

o       Translated attentive and enjoyable listening

n     Victory of the soul over adverse circumstances

o       Transforming of your opposing source of friction into your dearest ally

o       Listen to Paul

§        Tribulation worked patience, therefore rejoice in tribulation (Rom 5:3, James 1:2) Count it all joy!!!

§        Afflictions work a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, therefore we will rejoice in our afflictions (2 Cor 4:17) For our light affliction which is but for a moment….

§        Godly sorrow worketh repentance  (2 Cor 7:10)

§        Tribulation, afflictions and sorrow works as our allies to the glory of God

§        WHY – Out of tribulations comes patience

§        Afflictions are dismissed – light and for a moment -  in view of the weight of  glory

§        Sorrows works towards the changing of mind which means transformation into perfect harmony with the mind of Christ Himself

§        THIS IS THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE

n     Secret of this experience – their knowledge of God

o       Our experience is part of the cure

o       Tribulations has a strange way of making us strong and lead us to victory and the final glory.

o       We must cooperate with the process so that joy and triumph can come.

n     TWO MEN IN PHILIPPI IN PRISON, INNER PRISION, IN STOCKS, IN SUFFERING, IN SORROW  - ALL TRUE  - BUT YET THEY WERE IN GOD.

o       Their consciousness was not on the prison or pain but God!

n     AT Midnight

o       The translation is “about or around” midnight

o       We focus on the hour – but it was not definite moment at all for Paul.  Not a stopping place.

o       Where there is but darkness – time is transfigured

o       No agony of darkness but traveling in the light in the spirit.

n     What do we learn about our midnight?

o       Men who sing while they suffer have learned the profound secret that suffering is the method by which joy is perfected in human like and history

o       Men who sing in prison, are men who cannot be imprisoned

§        Not matter how it looks – they are not in prison

§        Bodily presence – Yes – but spiritually with God

§        Fast the feet if you want…but they sitting with Christ in heavenly places

o       Men who sing at midnight are citizens of that city where there is no light of sun nor moon, for the Lord the Lamb it the light

o       Men who sing when their work appears to have stopped are men whose work cannot be stopped

§        Stopped the preaching but the message continued in the singing

§        Best way to reach a prisoner is have another prisoner reach him – I’ve been there

§        At least one got saved – look what the same one who put them in prison does -

·        Brings them light

·        Wash their stripes

·        Gives them meat

n     CONCLUSION

o       The earthquake does not always come 

o       I don’t need it to be happy – STOP THE STORY HERE!!

o       Yes, God delivered him this time but not all the time

o       Wrote back to the Philippians from prison – Rejoice and again I say Rejoice

o       Wrote back to timothy…I’m in prision but listen to my song…I have fought a good fight……Alexander the copper smith  did me wrong…at my first trial, everyone left me…listen to my Anthem…. To whom  be glory for ever and ever.

o       Prison does not matter

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