Updated: May 20
The Peter story is about one of the greatest prison escapes and how Peter escaped the impossible in a way that could not be stopped.
- It’s not arrogance it's faith. It's not confidence in self, but confidence in God. -
How I escaped from prison - the Peter story.
Reading the miraculous escape of Peter from prison shows why we must not fear but have faith. There is just no need to because we see what God can do, so why fear? Peter was ready to be subjected to hostility and ill-treatment due to his belief by the most powerful person - the king.
He was guarded by four squads or teams of four soldiers totaling 16 people. When you have 16 strong mighty football line-backer looking men surrounding you and you have chains on your hands and feet, and there are some sleeping next to you that if you move, they will know, it is impossible to escape or be rescued. Prison escape in those days meant death, so escaping was not an option (Acts 12:19).
I love the way God sets up the scene to show who He is. He made sure Peter was in an impossible situation to show you that He is a God of impossibilities.
Acts 12:5 says, Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. Dangerous, and here is why. What the church did was cause God to act. In Psalm 103:20 it says, “...the angels hearken (listen) unto the voice of His Word.” When you speak God’s Word, not your own, but God’s Word’s, angels act. When your speech aligns with what God is saying, you get Heaven's attention.
Therefore, God’s Word is powerful and different from just any other word spoken. This is why when you speak His Word, the Scriptures from the Bible, what you say with faith will happen. Not might happen but will happen.
Look how powerful the church is. When the people were praying, it was not during Sunday service, it was done at a house (Acts 12:12).
The church is those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior allowing God's Spirit to live within their hearts, making them now become one with God and part of the family, the church.
1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 confirms this. It says,
“Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?”
While 1 Corinthians 6:19 says,
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own."
When the people of God got together with one mind, same attitude and in agreement it brought Heaven on earth. When the people spoke God’s Word, the angels did God’s bidding.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.
They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
This is who God is. This is the Person of God. Mighty, powerful, and unstoppable. When you enjoy His company and is under His protection, you too become mighty, powerful and unstoppable.
After the angle left Peter, he went to the house where they were praying and knocked to get in, and when a young lady heard she did not answer but went to the people in the house to tell them that Peter is outside knocking. They thought she was out of her mind saying it must be an angel. But Peter kept on knocking.
Sometimes when we pray, we have our own perception on how it will all play out and on how it will all happen. And that is ok we are limited beings and to understand the God of no limits we must take on the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 says,
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
They finally opened the door and noticed it was truly Peter as he described to them how he was able to escape from prison.
Faith mixed with prayer is dangerous to those on the opposite side of that prayer. When King Herod found out that Peter escaped, he ordered the guards to be executed.
Faith is our arsenal. It is our ammunition and weapon again fear and worry. When you wield your weapon of faith in the face of the enemy of fear, worry, and doubt, it will destroy its influence in your life. You will see yourself for who you truly are, no one to be messed with.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” - Ephesians 6:12.
So, if the root of our problem and our enemy is in this spiritual places then why are we not fighting with our spiritual weapons?
Faith is knowing who God is. His nature, His abilities, His ways, His very Person. Faith is who God is. It is one of His personalities. 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.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. - Ephesians 6:10-17.
If you do not have faith, then you need to know God. You need to get beyond being aware of God or hearing about Him to knowing Him personally. When you know a person, it makes it easier to trust them.
Living in the realm and dimension of faith will make your life unordinary as you experience miracles, wonders, and phenomenon's. It will be become your norm. The supernatural will become your natural. You will march to a different beat.
To now live with expectation, no fear, and no worry will keep you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).
Faith is your shield because if you let your guard down or your faith down the enemy will come at you strong. It is because you are at your weakest. When you fight a war without having your shield of protection you become open and vulnerable.
Using God’s Word mixed with faith will disperse the enemy. The enemy does not like Scripture talk. Rather, he wants you to agree with his lies and succumb to it. It may seem hard because your saying one thing and your circumstance is saying another, but with persistence you will see the result.
When you rely on the Lord you will be victorious. During the battle between King Abijah and King Jeroboam although Jeroboam had twice the amount of fighting men than Abijah did, Abijah snuck up behind Jeroboam and his men to do an ambush, because he trusted the Lord and did what the Lord him. Because of this, God allowed Abijah to defeat Jeroboam and the men he was fight with.
If God is for you then who can be against you? (see Romans 8:31).
God will fight your battles.