“After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully” [Acts 16:23]
I have never been flogged or thrown into prison; I cannot conceive the pain these disciples must have felt. Their emotions torn apart with the knowledge…they were just doing the Father’s Will. The rejection, the mocking, their physical bodies burning from the flesh slashed open from the flogging they received. What psychology could alter this situation—what humanistic way of thinking could cure this at any level. I hear the echo of NONE! But suddenly Paul and Silas began to do the humanly impossible—they sang hymns, they praised God, they lifted their aching bodies and sang!
The shock of the other prisoners must have silenced all but their own gasps of utter surprise at such blatant, disregard of the scene before them. But not these men of God, they were looking at what could not be seen and in the reality of the unseen world suddenly the power of praise broke through the demonic and loosed the chains of bondage. Not only were those praising God set free but all that were listening were delivered from their cells of restriction.
Wherever you find yourself at this moment, let this morning light bring forth the praise that is the power to lift you to a higher plateau of freedom—“Through Jesus , therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name” [Hebrews 13:15]
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