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                                          Guarding Our Minds

Read Acts 16:25-31

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. – Proverbs 16:3


     Paul and Silas found themselves cast into a dungeon-like prison cell where they were to remain until their sentence was to be executed. As an added means of protection, the guards fastened their feet to a large log with holes cut into it called a stock. Definitely, Paul and Silas were not comfortable. Knowing their future was in great jeapordy, what happened next does not seem to make any sense. These two guys wanted to defeat their circumstances and used this as an opportunity for an impromptu worship service. Their singing may have served as a lullaby to the guard, but also instigated a cell-opening earthquake. Such a scenario seems unreal, but it causes us to realize a few things.

Paul and Silas could sing because while they were guarded physically, their minds were guarded spiritually. Regardless of their circumstances, they were spiritually-minded and knew very well that all things would work together for good as Romans 8:28 reminds us. As well, both men were totally captive, but ironically not to the Romans. Their thoughts were taken into captivity of Christ (II Corinthians 10:5). If there was anything that held them captive, it was the desire to glorify God with their thoughts and actions.

The reaction of the prison guard shows the severity of the situation. The prison guard shows the severity of the situation. The prison guard position was not taken lightly in Rome. Had Paul and Silas escaped, the guard would surely have faced a death sentence. Please let this be a warning concerning the severity of guarding your mind during tough times – it is a matter of life and death!

James Neal, College and Career Pastor
First Baptist Church of Glen Este

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