You have to know that you are free!!!
Today my pastor preached a powerful message about praise. He came from Acts 16:25. This is the story of Paul and Silas in prison for casting an evil spirit out of a young girl. Men were using the girl for money when Paul cast out the spirit the men became angry. They lied to the magistrate saying that Paul and Silas teachings were against Roman law. Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison because of greed. Paul and Silas found themselves in a dark, stinky place. Their hands and feet were put in stocks they were bond. Imagine the scene a dark Roman prison, you’re tied up for something that you did not do but look at Paul and Silas response.
25 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
They began to pray, sing and praise God in the prison. Now why didn’t they respond like we do today? The response of so many when faced with a trial is to cry, complain, blame God and give up. How did Paul and Silas find the strength to praise instead of complain, and blame God for their troubles? My pastor shared this revelation and I want to share it with you. The reason Paul and Silas could praise God in the middle of the trial because despite being locked up they knew they were FREE.
Yes they were already free. They were free mentally, spiritually and physically. Despite what it looked like Paul and Silas knew that God would deliver them. They knew who they were in Christ so they did not have to worry about the prison. Freedom will make you see things different. You are not bound by your circumstance. The dark place that you may be in right now is not your destiny but it is only a roadblock on your way to destiny. You have to know that you are free. The Bible declares to us “whom the Son set free is free indeed.” Jesus made us free when He died on the cross and rose from the grave. So remember that when life throws you a curve ball and you find yourself in a dark place that you are not bond by the problem but you are free in every way. Remember your line of defense is to pray, praise and worship then watch the physical chains begin to fall off.
YOU ARE FREE!!!!