About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. (Acts 16:25-26)
Paul and Silas had been beaten. Their backs were bloody. But at midnight, when our problems always seem worse, they sang and praised God. I can imagine the jailer and the other prisoners thought they were crazy. They must have thought: if Paul and Silas’s God gives them joy after being beaten, I want that God for myself.
When we learn to praise God and be happy in any situation, God will bless us greatly as He did Paul and Silas. Northern Macedonia has earthquakes, so the earthquake wasn’t unusual. God’s timing was supernatural to show us that God blesses us when we praise him in the midst of our troubles. Our chains come loose when we are happy in any situation. The bullies, scammers, and others who take advantage have no effect on us. We are free from the enemy.
Father God, I praise you for Your freedom through Jesus. Thank you for freedom from the enemy and the blessings I’ll receive when I praise you instead of complain during adverse circumstances. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen..
2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 16:25-26 – What is God-given freedom? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 592”
This devotion really hit home. I have had such negative feelings about the house build, the builder and the movers. It really almost took me down. I have been trying to get over it but it was like PTSD for me. I have prayed about it and have really had no change in my mind or my attitude about the whole thing. I don’t like being a negative person and I didn’t want to feel so negative but I just haven’t been able to release the hurt and disappointment that I felt and feel. I have tried not to talk about it or think about it. One day when I was reading something a friend posted on FB, I stopped and thought about what her posts are like. Always so negative about her life and what she has been through. I don’t know if I was acting like a Christian should act, but I was thinking that everyone has hard times and goes through difficult times. I thought, she needs to stop being a victim. Then I thought about me and my attitude. Even though I wasn’t posting my life on FB, I was being a victim too. I was allowing the negative to take over and make me a victim. So, I started praying in a different way, about trying to recuperate from the house, the build and the movers, and not be a victim to everything that happened. It is helping and I finally feel like I am doing better. It is freedom to be able to think about something rationally and leave being a victim behind.
You are so right. When we think of ourselves as victims, we are not experiencing God’s freedom. Not only does victimhood hurt ourselves but it hurts society as a whole. It is so hard to get away from. The enemy is always whispering in our ears that we are victims. We always think of ourselves as victims when something bad happens unless we choose to fight victimhood with the power of the Holy Spirit. Love you, Sis. Blessings!