At Philippi, the magistrates imprisoned the apostle Paul and Silas and intended to execute them. At midnight, Paul and Silas sang and prayed. God answered by opening all the prison doors. Then, the jailor rushed to Paul and asked, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul’s instructions, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit, resulted in the immediate conversion of the jailor and his family.
So what was the “word of the Lord” that Paul shared? Likely, it was, “Count yourself dead to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). The jailor knew that he was free to never sin again. Now, he could live a victorious life in Jesus.
God’s design is to completely destroy sin. This happens in immediate conversion. As we see in the book of Acts, all true conversion is 1) immediate and 2) by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you will give yourself completely to Jesus and forever renounce all sin, the supernatural power of God will make you holy. Your old, filthy person will die and you will become a new person. Thus, you will be as dead to sin as a dead body is to the world–and free to serve Jesus.
Is this testimony of victory yours? If not, will you do this today? If you’re not converted, sin is ruling in your soul. But, if you’re born again, you have the freedom to no longer sin.
Will you receive Jesus to live and rule in your soul, and to obey him in everything?