The Key to Paul & Silas bondage from the Dungeon may be the Key that will free us all from COVID-19 Lockdown

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We have been locked down to help flatten the curves and in hopes of getting everything back to normal as soon as possible. People losing their jobs, business owners losing profit, families losing loved ones, and some believers losing faith. We feel helpless and hopeless during this time and we have no idea when this will end. Can we escape this pandemic? When will be the time we hear the words “You are free!”?

In this scenario, it reminds me of Paul and Silas when they were sent to jail for spreading the Gospel to the Jews. They were beaten and locked up in the inner cell with chains on their feet. For some, it could have been the end of their journey or the start of their miserable days. But Paul and Silas thought otherwise. During their trying times, they chose to offer a prayer and praised the Lord. And we are not talking about silent prayers nor desperate cries but of loud joyful songs and worship to the Almighty where everyone can hear them. They were singing because they believed God can turn things around.

Where did this take them? To their deathbed? No! But to their freedom. Their chains were broken, the gates were opened, and the witnesses saw a miracle before their eyes. The jailer almost killed himself for what happened but this incident actually gave him life; a new life.
That night the jailer received Jesus as Lord and Savior and was baptized, he and his household.

We are locked down in a dungeon trying to be safe from the pandemic, but we are restricted. We cannot do anything or go anywhere. We cannot see our loved ones; we cannot go to church. But life does not end here. God wants us to share the abundance of life with Him. That is why choosing our battle is of supreme importance since the beginning of time, either run away in fear or fight with faith and the right choice is ours to make. The best is yet to come ONLY IF we choose God.

Our weapon against COVID-19 (or any other battle that life will serve us) is a faithful prayer and a heart of praise! The more we are restrained by the world, the more we must worship to gain freedom.

Paul and Silas did not have the key to free themselves from the dungeon, but they believed in a faithful God who can do the impossible. Not only were they freed but they witnessed to many about the true living God.

Mark 11:22-24  says ““Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

We are here living in uncertainty and again the choice is yours to make, but choose to put your trust in the Lord. The more we have to pray and move God with our praises. Shout to Jesus with a voice of triumph, pray like you have never prayed before, declare freedom and deliverance with unwavering faith in Jesus Name and see how God will shake the whole world and free us from this bondage. Acts 16:25-26, demonstrated the extraordinary power of God and it says “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoner heard them. And suddenly, there was a great earthquake, so the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s band were loosed”

Spread the Good News for everyone to hear! Like what happened to the jailer, the moment we are freed, may be the time for others to be freed from the chains of sins and have a chance to receive a new life with Christ. Let us be witnesses to all men.

Now is the time to get down on our knees and pray, lift up a joyful praise and the Lord will open up our doors, break our chains and receive the freedom He has promised!

At the end of this crisis, may there be no believer who worships God half-heartedly but may we start worshipping Jesus beyond our best. As we are freed from this pandemic, may churches be faithful in prayer more than ever. May we always be filled and revived by the Holy Spirit. May we always be reminded of Paul and Silas, how their faith, prayer and praise moved God to change the impossible.