The Inspiring Journey of Peter's Great Prison Escape
Sometimes things don't go according to how you planned it, or things get in the way of what you have planned.
Then there are times when you are trying to reach a goal and it's impeded or taken away. Moments like these can be discouraging as you wonder if all what you are doing is in vain.
Faith helps you get through those moments. And helps you get through tough times, weakness, and crises.
It is the strength needed and what is necessary to protect your destiny.
Your faith will take you to great places, open doors to amazing experiences and get you to the finish line.
Reading the miraculous escape of Peter from prison shows us how faith is the key to our success.
In the Bible, Peter was sent to prison and was guarded by 16 men who were ready to subject Peter to hostility and ill-treatment by the most powerful person at that time, Herod the king, because of Peter’s belief.
When you have 16 strong and mighty men surrounding you with chains on your hands and feet while some of them are sleeping next to you so that if you move, they will know—it is impossible to escape or be rescued.
Prison escape in those days meant death for the soldiers, so stopping prisoners from escaping was a top priority (Acts 12:19).
Peter was in an impossible situation. Yet God showed Peter that He is a God of impossibilities. God appeared on the scene to show Peter what He can do for him.
While the soldiers were sleeping an angel went into the prison and woke Peter up without waking up the sleeping soldiers. As the angel woke Peter up the chains fell off his hands and feet. Then the angel told Peter to put on his clothes and follow him.
Peter and the angel passed the first and second sleeping guards and came to an entrance leading to the city and his escape. It opened for them by itself, and they both went through it.
When they had walked about a block, in an instant the angel left Peter. When it dawned on Peter what had happened, he said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me.
In the morning, there was conflicts and confusion among the soldiers as to what had happened to Peter.
After Herod the king had the place thoroughly search and did not find Peter, he questioned the guards then ordered them to be killed (Acts 12:6-11,18-19).
If you dive deeper into the story you will see how the night before Peter was to go to trial to be abused, he slept because Peter was unbothered.
When you wield your weapon of faith in the face of fear, worry, and doubt, it will destroy its influence in your life.
Your faith leads to faithfulness because when you have faith, you are assured of who God is and what He can do. And faithfulness is living according to that truth.
Having faith is your protection. When you hold onto faith instead of the problem it will make your life unordinary.
It may not seem as this is the case because your circumstance is showing you something different than what you are having faith in, but with perseverance you will see the result.
When you have faith in God during times of conflict you will be victorious.
During the battle between King Abijah and King Jeroboam, although Jeroboam had twice the amount of fighting men than Abijah had, he was able to beat Jeroboam’s army.
Abijah snuck up behind Jeroboam and his men and ambush them. This tactic worked for Abijah because he trusted the Lord and did what the Lord told him.
Abijah’s faith allowed him to defeat Jeroboam and his men. If God is for you then who can be against you? (Romans 8:31).
There are two things you must do when it comes to having effective faith:
Number 1: Read the Bible. To help keep and increase your faith you must start reading the Bible often. Romans 10:17 KJV says, “so faith comes by hearing and hearing by the world of God." Your faith will become stronger as you study Scripture.
Number 2: Believe. One of the things you must do to activate faith is to believe. Never allow yourself to be influenced by what you are seeing, but instead stay confident on what God promised you. And refuse to change your stance no matter what is happening in your life. Just because it hasn't happen yet doesn't mean it won't happen.
Faith is a gift given to you, a principle that will help you stay confident in God, a fruit that needs to be cultivated, and the authority you have available when needed.
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A call for salvation
When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, His spirit will come to live inside you. This is one of the greatest blessings of salvation. You don't have to go through someone else to get to God, and He will live in your heart where you and Him become one and have a relationship.
All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9).
Here's a prayer you can repeat:
"Jesus, I confess that you are Lord, and I believe you died and was risen for my sins. I repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins, and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and remove my sins. Thank you for forgiving me and making me into a new person in Jesus' name, Amen."
Once you have done this, please pray and ask God to guide you to a ministry where you can grow, mature, and start living the abundant life Jesus promised and died for.