“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”
Have you ever been in a prison? Prisons can be very depressive places, as they can be a great surprise! I used to visit African and Caribbean ones, some of high security but all of them had some common elements: being disorganised, being dirty and un-tidy, being ugly, lucking basic human rights’ necessities and full of human souls. Thieves, killers, rapists and so on. When I first enter one of them, I got sad and my heart become heavy. Some of those prisoners were waiting for months and months for their case to be heard. They were not even convicted yet! Very depressive isn’t it?
Among those cells and common areas, yet, there was Light! As I walked around and waited for our group’s teaching and worship to start, I came to realize that the people were not depressed, no matter their circumstances. When they started singing to the Lord, as the worship started, and when they cooked and shared their little food with us, they were smiling and they were feeling free. They had come to learn the freedom of the Lord, there and then within the prison!
I am telling you, I have learnt a lot within those walls. From the other hand, I have met and associate with “free” citizens who live in an internal prison. They lack the freedom of the Lord, their own “prison cage” is in their inner world.
There are prisons and…prisons. State prisons with free citizens of His Kingdom and inner prisons of free citizens of this world.
Peter was in a prison and suddenly the angel came and freed him. Today, wherever you are and you feel in a prison, allow the Lord to give you freedom from any burden, any bondage or any hurt. He will deliver you …suddenly! Amen!
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