Friday, January 25, 2013

Acts 5:19-20 “But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors brought them out, and said, ‘Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.’’’

What an amazing experience!  Imagine being locked up in prison and then, right in front of the prison guards the doors open and you are set free.  As you walk out in amazement you are told to go out and tell the story...  This passage in the book of Acts tells about Peter and the apostles being arrested and imprisoned for sharing the gospel story of Jesus.  The Sadducees were jealous of the healing the apostles were providing through God and the people they were converting with their story.  The thing is if you believe the gospel truth, you have shared this amazing experience.  God frees each of us from our prison of sin when we confess to Him and turn away.  Often times we are released from our prison only to sit there in the darkness unwilling to go out as we have been directed.  Just as God sent Jesus to lead us into abiding Love, he sends his Spirit to guide us out of the prison we are in and into the break of day to share our story of freedom.  Wherever you are and whatever chains bind you, call on the Lord, accept and revel in the freedom he provides.  Celebrate and tell the message of this amazing experience!

You have set us all free; I sing praises and songs of thanksgiving to you for that blessed truth!  Help us step out in courage and faith, sharing your freedom with all!  Amen.