Today’s guest blogger is a sweet girl I came across from the WordPress Reader. I don’t remember now if she found my blog first or if I found hers, but we’ve since followed each other on WordPress and Instagram, and I am always so encouraged by the testimonies she posts. I wanted to share her with you all today and encourage you to follow her as well!
My name is Ana Guerrero and I’m a guest blogger from the blog House of Prayer & Praise. The christian walk is hard so many times; we have our ups and downs. The word says in Proverbs 24:16,
“For the righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”
We can fall and God will always raise us up. In today’s post, I will be speaking in the book of Acts 16:23: when the apostle Paul and Silas were sent to prison after they had delivered from a girl a spirit of divination. In Acts, the Word speaks that after Paul and Silas were whipped, they were thrown into jail and bound in shackles. The title of this blog post for today is called In the Midst of an Earthquake; you might ask yourself, why is the post named that? And that is because in the midst of the earthquake shackles were loosened and doors were opened.
This word is for someone today; I do not know your situation or what you might be going through spiritually or in your personal life but there is One that knows, and that is God. A lot of us in our walk with God–you see how I wrote us not you–have tripped and have fallen multiple times; maybe the reason why we have is because we have been pushed or have been tripped by someone. In the midst of the Earthquake, God was moving not only in Paul & Silas’s lives but also in the lives of the jailer and the prisoners. One thing that sticks out in the story was that even though this two men of God were mistreated and abused, they did not complain. In the midst of their trial, instead of complaining or whining, they started to praise and pray in the prison which brought the breakthrough, through the earthquake.
Their worship in the midst of that situation gave testimony of God’s tremendous power to the jailer and the prisoners. Not only were physical chains loosened but also their spiritual chains were broken. Many times we see the storm (trial) as destruction in our lives; instead seeing the deeper meaning behind it. My mother has always told me this:
“People that do not go through spiritual or personal trials, better ask God to give them some; because it’s necessary that we have them to grow.”
Which is true, because a vessel is broken and remolded to the image the potter has in mind. An oyster goes through a process of pain for the shiny pearl to come through.
How can a Christian or Christ follower grow spiritually if his faith is not tested in different aspects of his life? The faith of Paul and Silas was tested, and instead of giving in to the trial, they overcame it and changed the atmosphere in that prison. They made a difference; what they preached was tested to see if they lived it. Out of that situation, a jailer was saved and baptized with his family and became a man that preached God’s word. Learn to break those chains open because at the end of that, doors are being opened for you. But declare with your mouth and have faith that God is backing you up, in every trial. Learn to praise and pray in those moments when you feel there is no escape.
I sincerely hope that this message brought something to your life; I’m thankful toward Callie for giving me the opportunity to guest post in her blog and I hope that it repeats. Thank you so much and God bless.