Have you ever felt hopeless? Have you ever felt like God lied? You’ve been in the same situation for years and it feels like no one can help you – not even God. You’ve read in scripture that you have been given power, but you feel powerless. You make a step forward only to go backwards again and you wonder, Will I ever get out of this situation? Will I ever be free from this bondage?
Peter was in prison. Herod the king had just killed James, the brother of John, and Peter was next on the list. The bible tells us that Peter was between two soldiers, he was bound with two chains (not to be confused with the rapper, 2 Chainz) and two guards guarded the door, but none of these things could keep him bound because what was in Him was greater than what is in the world. They may have been able to bind his hands and his feet, but they couldn’t bind his mind. They couldn’t get him to doubt God. Peter wasn’t worrying. He was sleeping (Acts 12:6). You will never get the things God has for you if you don’t believe. All things are possible to him that believe.
The scripture is true. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose, but the reason why His purpose hasn’t been fulfilled in my life yet is because I don’t allow what I’m in to work for me because I feel like it is working against me. The tests, trials, challenges – whatever you want to call them – are designed to help you grow. They help to mature you and to develop you for the job you’ve been praying for, the spouse you’ve been praying for, the ministry God is calling you into, but you can’t fully mature when you quit or give up prematurely. I’ll admit it. I’ve been impatient. I want it now. Will I inherit the promises of God? Yes, but it will be through faith and patience (Hebrews 6:12).
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:4 KJV).
So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way (James 1:4 MSG).
Joseph was the man God sent. He was the man God chose to save his family. He was 17 when God gave him a dream, but the dream wasn’t fulfilled until he was 30 years old. Joseph remained a slave until he passed the test. When he passed the test – when he did what God told him to do – Pharaoh set him free and put him in charge of everything he owned (Psalm 105:17-20). God has already promised to bring us out of a thing, but we (not the devil) determine how long we stay in it. God is watching to see if He can trust you. He is watching to see how faithful you are over the few things He has given you. Can God trust you with what He owns? If you think that obeying God is hard, Hebrews 13:6 says that The Lord is your Helper and Philippians 2:13 tells us that God is at work in you and He helps you to obey Him.
I remember a dream I had about 20 years ago where the hand of a demon grabbed my ankle. It was a dream, but then again it wasn’t a dream. I felt its hand. I felt the tip of its fingernail, but in the dream, I escaped. At birth, Esau’s heel was grabbed by his brother. The enemy grabs your heel to pull you backwards, to hinder your progress, to keep you repeating the same sin(s), and to keep you from moving into the future God planned for you. He wants you to miss your blessing, miss your promotion, miss your husband/wife, etc, but you will not miss God and you will not miss what God has for you. In fact, whatever is missing in your life will return to you in Jesus name.
You are not hopeless or helpless. The enemy is trying to convince you that you will never do what God has called you to do and that you will never be who God says you are. He is trying to convince you that you will only go but so far in life, but God wants you to know that the prison door is open. Some of us have been in chains for so long that we’ve become used to them. We have become so focused on the chains that we don’t even recognize the Door (John 10:9), but if you will begin to obey God and not give up in the middle, the chains will fall off. Because things didn’t happen when we wanted them to happen, we think that nothing will happen at all, but that’s not true. Just as God desired to deliver Peter from the hand of Herod, He desires to deliver you from the hand of the enemy. He opened the prison door for Peter, but to come out of what he was in, Peter had to obey and follow every instruction the angel gave him. The heading in my bible for this passage of scripture reads “Peter Is Miraculously Released from Prison” and instructions always precede miracles.
There may be fetters around your mind or chains on your hands or chains on your feet, but Jesus came to set the captives free. What’s been hard for you is not too hard for God. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you and is able to raise you up from any dead situation. You were taken captive by the devil to do his will, but you will come to your senses and you will escape what should have destroyed you.
The prison door is open and we are coming out!