“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)