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Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)
- TITLE: When Chains Fall Off, Lives Are Changed
By Kathern Nemec
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“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 chains were loosed.” (Acts 16:26, NKJV)
The destructive earthquake and the rattling din of every prisoner’s chains falling off must have been deafening. Fearfully aware that he would be held responsible for the commotion that took place in the darkness of his watch, the trembling prison guard was about to take his own life when Paul yelled out to him that no one had escaped.
That event marked a before and after in the life of the prison guard. Desperately asking Paul and Silas how to be saved, they jumped at the opportunity to lead the frightened guard and his entire family to faith in Jesus; they were all saved that very night. (Acts 16:28-34, NKJV) Unlike the chaotic event that took place in the prison just hours earlier, no chains rattled. Each family member was unshackled; they were set free from the bondage of their past, and their lives were forever changed.
Without the kind of racket made by the chains of all the prisoners that dark night in Philippi, our chains of sin, of addictions, of our past, of anxiety, of condemnation, fear and inner turmoil all fall off when we believe in Jesus. As in the case of the prison guard and his family, our darkness silently turns into light, our confusion is replaced by peace and we experience freedom that only Christ can give. He came “to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound”. (Isaiah 61:1, NKJV)
Christ brings freedom; chains fall off without a sound and lives are changed forever. Just ask the jailor of Philippi!
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