“…he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. BUT at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, AND the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. AND he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.”
Listen very carefully….there is no prison that can hold you captive! Oh, you might very well be in prison. Either physically, spiritually, or a prison of the soul. This prison might very well be your own home! But listen to me again very carefully….THERE IS NO PRISON THAT CAN HOLD YOU CAPTIVE!! Jesus has made a way for your freedom!!! As you RELY upon Him through prayer and APPLY Him to your circumstance through praise, He will shake the very foundations of the prison that holds you! Not only will he open the doors for you, He will remove your chains, the chains of the prisoners in there with you and my favorite…..He will wake up and open the eyes the of the one(s) who are being used to jail you and set them free too!!! What a mighty God we serve!! The one who jailed them even washed away their stripes!!!
Paul and Silas were imprisoned unjustly and instead of taking offense, wallowing in their misfortune, or LISTENING to the SOUND of the voices of victimization, self-pity and misery (that we know loomed in that prison and in every prison). They chose to RELEASE a SOUND, the sound of Christ the Victor!!! And look what happened! The very prison around them became the vehicle of salvation to all who were there. God led them from that prison just as He will lead you from yours. In fact, as they left and moved on to their next assignment, it really became the impetus of change in Phillipi….
“…but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you WILL hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness…” Hebrews 3:6-8
Are you willing to go against the familiar and embrace a new way? You can release your sound if you are WILLING. So, release it!! Release your sound unto victory today as Christ released His on Calvary’s cross just for you…
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:54
“It is finished!” John 19:30
(On a side note, we’ve been in our new city for a week now and enjoying it! Thanks so much for your prayers and continued support!)