“And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” – Luke 12:19 I have a co-worker that had a birthday recently. This co-worker knows how much I love sweets, so anytime […]
Month: February 2016
“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” – Acts 16:25-26
The show, “Prison Break,” available on Netflix; is considered a binge worthy TV show. Michael Scofield, a man convicted of a crime he did not commit, is put behind bars in a maximum penitentiary. He immediately begins planning a way to get himself out of prison so he can prove his innocence.
Paul and Silas were also wrongly convicted and thrown into a prison. They didn’t try to break out, or find legal council as most would; they simply broke out in worship to God. They embraced their situation, and as a result they worshiped their way out of prison, literally! As they worshiped, the Lord caused an earthquake to occur, and freed all the prisoners, who consequentially also believed and were saved.
Are you in an impossible situation where you feel there is no hope, or bound by something that you can’t break free of. There is nothing too big for God. (Jeremiah 32:27; Genesis 18:14)
Sometimes a recession in life, is an opportunity to rewrite your life. A way for God to make it better than you could ever imagine. To save you from a life of poverty, and bring you into a life of victory. There are many different prisons in life – unforgiveness, financial bondage, wrong relationships; struggles with sin, hurts and abuse from our past which can create bondage. The list can go on and on. Sometimes we put ourselves in prison, and sometimes God is shielding us, and protecting us from further hurting and damaging ourselves, and preparing us for a better life, the one He purposed for us.
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” – Henry J Kaiser
Through Paul and Silas’ faith and worship to God, the chains were broken. Not only were they set free, but many others were saved in the process. Sometimes God will use your mess, turn it into a miracle, and also use it to help others in the process. A revival can come from the worst of circumstances; beauty can come from ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)
It is not a war of flesh and bones that we face as Christians but a very spiritual one. (Ephesians 6:12) You can’t fight spirit with flesh. You can only fight spirit with spirit. Worship is so powerful, and as Christians it’s the most powerful tool we have. So use it!
Sometimes your prison may mean different things, we can become bound by things in life that make it seem impossible to move, but that is the time when we need to embrace that opportunity that God has given us, to have faith in what seems impossible, and watch God work; to escape the prison of our minds, and step into a realm of faith, where joy is possible regardless of circumstance, and beyond our understanding.
“The hardest prison to escape is your mind.” – Unknown
Jesus was wrongly accused in his time here on earth, but in the end God had a plan for all He would face. (John 3:16) Even if you are guilty of something you have done, and can’t forgive yourself and move on; give it to God. (1 Peter 5:7) The only way to find redemption is to look to the one who has already conquered all we will ever face. (John 16:33) He can then give us new life, and in turn help others to find new life. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God has a prison break for your situation.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. […]
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”- Isaiah 61:4
September 11 is a day no one will soon forget. On that tragic day in 2001, we watched a city, and a world torn to pieces. A tragedy of the twin towers being destroyed, taking many lives along with it by the hand of evil. Many hearts were broken, and lives shattered. It would seem in times of such tragedy that nothing can ever rebuild from such devastation; that nothing beautiful can come out of the ashes.
A great memorial was built after September 11th, showing that something beautiful can happen. “Unity.” (Ephesians 4:3) Through this, the beauty of the human spirit, arose from the ashes.
“To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning.”- Isaiah 61:3
It makes it very difficult to look forward to a brighter day when we go through tragedy in life, and we tend to live for years in despair, trudging forward with no hope in sight. We may never forget tragedies that happen in our lives; however, God is there to help us rebuild and move forward.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. – Joel 2:25
God has a plan for each of our lives, and nothing can stop that plan. We may lose loved ones along the way, but it is not the end. We need to keep eternity in our hearts. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) This is not our place of rest; we are simply on a journey. We can take God’s favor with us, and proclaim it in every effort and step we take, knowing that God is leading us. He cares about every detail of our lives and well being. (Psalm 37:23)
“He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” – Isaiah 61:2
Make this year, the year you move forward and grab onto God’s promises! For they are yea and amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20) Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and allow Him to direct your steps to victory. Let nothing be in vain. Often times tragedy can pull us down can cause us to die spiritually if we don’t keep a hold of God’s hand. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, and off our circumstance, He can heal our hearts and cause us to move forward in a positive way. He can repay us for the years the locust have eaten, and give us new sight into our futures. March into the enemy’s camp and take what is rightfully yours! The lepers in (2 Kings 7) decided to give themselves a fighting chance at life, so can you. This is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24) Today is a new day. Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
“Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. – 2 Kings 7:3
“Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” – Isaiah 61:2