Updated: May 20
Is it possible to be unstoppable?
When you are prevented from doing something or kept under control can you still be effective? When you are deprived of freedom to do what you want, are you able to bust through?
When you feel like a failure and is depressed, when it feels like the walls are caving in having no escape from your feelings or situation and there is no hope, is it still possible to be unstoppable?
Is it possible to be unstoppable while in bondage?
Some of us have allowed 'prison' situations in our lives to stop us from reaching our destiny.
They have impeded our purpose and has allowed us to become ineffective.
But it never had to be this way, and if you are in this situation now, you do not have to remain there.
Can you be trusted?
Paul was a prisoner in chains, yet he led a revival.
No microphone, no status, no marketing, no social media, and no freedom.
He did not have fame in the church and there were many attempts to take his life (Acts 23, 26).
He had many reasons to be despondent and to no longer want to do what he was gifted to do.
But he healed the sick while in chains and brought a revival.
He preached and healed many people all while still in chains.
He set people free in bondage because he did not make it about himself, he made it about Christ.
What does that say about us today?
Can God trust you to serve, minister, and obey even when your hurt, or when things do not go your way?
Paul was Kingdom minded, not man, or self-minded.
This was the catalysts for him to walk in power and authority while in a position that is designed to make him incapable and powerless.
Can God trust you?
Can God trust you to do what needs to be done despite the condition you are in?
Are you someone who needs things to be in place or the way you desire it to be before you do what needs to be done?
When you show persistence in your storm then you become unstoppable.
[see how to be unstoppable in your storm here]
How much worse can it have gotten for Paul then to have his hands and feet in shackles but still had the power and authority to lead many to the knowledge of who God is. And was able to cure all the sick people on the island of Malta (Act 28: 8-9).
Prison life for Paul was stench, pain, and misery.
Roman imprisonment was known for stripping their prisoners naked and flogging them. Putting them through humiliation and painful ordeals. Unless you had someone that cared for you, your bleeding wounds were untreated. You were locked in prison cells and dungeons. You were chain on your wrist and ankles. You did not have a nice cot and blanket waiting for you. And you were not in a temperature-controlled environment.
Because of how miserable the conditions in prison were, many wanted a speedy death, while others committed suicide.
Prisoners did not have human rights.
This is enough to weaken anyone's emotional life and drag you into depression.
Can God trust you?
When you are talked about, when thing do not go your way, when you are not applauded, when you do not feel like it, when you do not have everything you want to get started, when you are dealing with depression, when you are in your own prison, mentally or physically, can God trust you to still bring healing and hope to the world when you do not have it yourself?
So how was Paul able to demonstrate power and authority through his prison experience?
He understood something.
He understood Ephesians 1:17-23
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
You spend time with someone long enough, they will start to rub off on you.
The more time you spend with God, the more you know Him and become like Him.
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.
Paul was impactful because of his close association with God.
Paul prayed constantly, fasted, and was diligent with God's Word. The more Word you build your life’s foundation on, the more you will become unstoppable. This allowed Paul to do his best for God with excitement and passion to complete his work.
He had wisdom, revelation, and understanding.
He knew the purpose of Jesus Christ and the birthright we have. Paul knew we can master sin, illness of all kinds, and death. And that we have dominion over all the trouble we are confronted with.
This is a mindset that understands, “I am in control of my situation, not the other way around.
He spent so much time with God, that he realizes how great God's power is and how we too are given it for what we are asked to do.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.