To me the book of Acts in the Bible is a demonstration of living out the Gospel of Jesus. It is a powerful testimony to His love and to His power. It is a book of instructions on how to live our lives with the Holy Spirit. There is a section on the amazing power of transformation we can find in the Lord. Saul, a persecutor of Christians becomes Paul one of the most reverenced disciple of the Lord. I like to believe that we, believers, are disciples of the Lord even after thousands of years and we are called to help people become disciples and lovers of the Lord. Paul the disciple of the Lord endured a lot for God. He once afflicted pain on believers and then he became the one who was in pain but his pain never changed his mission and his heart for the Lord. Paul and Silas were beaten, flogged and thrown in jail because of the Gospel.
I am not trying to give you a historical review of what happened to Paul in the book of Acts. I do want to stress the importance of one of the messages that is displayed in this book and that can help you with where you are today. If you believe in Christ, you are prone to going through difficult times and some type of persecution from the enemy. It may even feel sometimes as if you had been beaten, flogged and put in a jail of misery where your trials and fear are your only companions. However, I am here to tell you that the resurrection power of the Lord, the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus are still as strong as they were in the book of Acts. The persecution and the problems you are facing are no match to God.
I want to remind you that God cares about you as much as He cared about Paul. He can set you free from that jail of misery. He can open the doors wide and let you go free. Note that the manifest power of the Lord was tangible when Paul and Silas were praising God in the middle of their suffering. It appeared as though they were not in pain because of their positive disposition and attitude during that terrible time. We know that the beating and the flogging were awful and they left their bodies weakened and bruised. Trials can have the same effect on our bodies, spirits and minds. You don’t need to be physically beaten to feel like a train ran over you. Problems can weaken your mind and bruise your spirit without any physical onslaught.
My suggestion is that you praise God in the middle of the problems you are having right now. I could write about praise every day. It is that important. You are in good standing with God because you believe in His Son. Just like Paul and Silas, you can praise and worship and expect the prison doors to open. Find it in your heart to praise. Summon the courage to celebrate the Lord even when it hurts. Have a Paul and Silas attitude towards your circumstances. Praising God in the middle of your darkest hour still works wonders. Don’t ignore this powerful practice and make it a habit. Your answer is in your praises. Your freedom is in your praises. Your Lord Almighty is in your praises. Praise the Lord today! The power of praise will set you free!
Suggested reading: Psalm 150:2; 2 Chronicles 20:22; Acts 16:16-40