”Jesus nothing compares to this grace that rescues me, Savior now and forever your face is all I seek. ”
Where are you in your journey right now? Are you in the middle of a trial? Maybe you’ve been obedient to walk the difficult paths the Lord presented you. Maybe you’ve even laid down your life for those God sent your way. Maybe those very paths and the people you’ve loved are the source of your pain. You wonder why your obedience seems to have been rewarded with pain. Like these men of God, Paul and Silas exercised the power of joy in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Their clothes were torn off, they were beaten with rods and thrown into jail, and yet they did nothing wrong. They expressed a supernatural joy evidenced by their praying and singing.
The act of thanksgiving and praise opens impossible doors and shakes loose all chains. Sometimes we find ourselves constrained by our circumstances. Don’t be afraid when that happens. Perhaps the reason is so that you can be a blessing to those around you. In acts 16, we sometimes forget that Paul and Silas were not the only ones freed from prison. All the prisoners’ chains were shaken loose. The keeper of the prison himself gave his life to Jesus Christ. The one who was responsible for holding all of these men in bondage repented and came to Christ because Paul and Silas did not ever fail to give thanks. That is the power of gratitude and thanksgiving to God our Heavenly Father. As a result of seeing firsthand and supernatural joy of Paul and Silas, the jailer was saved. see Acts 16:27-34. Keep giving thanks.
He is big enough to deliver you from your circumstances and to do a great work through you. I believe more people in the world will receive salvation that waits for them when we truly begin to express the joy of their salvation.We all go through things in this life and sometimes trials are unbearable. We have the promises of God always being there for each one of us. The Bible is full of God’s promises, and those are His words. We can use His Words to get out of sticky situation. We need to have open hearts. God’s Word and our hearts will affirm truth to us when we hear truth. Our minds may be closed, but our hearts must be open to God to allow Him to do new things in our lives.
Upon reading Acts 16, I realized that meeting God in the middle of the pain is exactly what made me who I am in Him today. I am better off having experienced God in the darkness than if I never had the tears. That is what gives me hope during the valleys of pain that come my way. May all of us who are presently in a dark place hold steady to God’s goodness. In every situation we are in, we need to give thanks to the Lord. Let our hearts be filled with worship and our minds set on praising the Lord. If you are sick and you know of a friend who is sick also, pray for them.
You will find so much joy in seeing your prayer answered, as you believe when you pray and see your friend regaining strength and health to his body. If you see someone struggling to make ends meet, maybe that extra loaf of bread in your freezer is the key they need to see that the Lord is still looking out and providing for them. Dear fellows, go to your prayer room where it is just you and God. Pray and stay in prayer until you have found the Lord. Seek His face while there is still time. Darkness is upon the earth and the enemy is looking and hunting down the weak vessels. Seek the Lord while He can still be found! Do not wait until it is too late. Before the Lord can come for all He has appointed and chosen, repentance must come.