Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Acts 12:17 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Acts 12:17

Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this," he said, and then he left for another place.


The Holy Spirit brought this up in prayer this morning, and I felt led to share! This verse is in reference to Peter's miraculous escape from prison, in which an angel of the Lord walked him right out the front door! Maybe you are a little skeptical of this, or some may say, “Well, yeah, that’s because he is an apostle, but that couldn’t happen nowadays.” I may have thought the same thing until I met my boss, Jeff Carter.


Many years ago, Jeff was SENTENCED (not awaiting trial or pending a verdict but gavel slammed and sentence pronounced) to over 30 years in prison! For most people, this would have driven them into depression, self-pity, and deeper down the hole of drugs and pain, but let me tell you, not Jeff Carter. It drove him deeper into the arms of Jesus and to a point where he said, “If this is where I gotta serve You, Lord, then so be it!”


About two years into his sentence, a public defender filed a motion that I’m pretty sure no one thought would pass, but guess what? Our God isn’t bound by human laws and expectations! He moved the heart of the judge, and Jeff walked out the front door of prison much like Peter did many years ago!


I love yah, boss, and am so thankful the Lord redeems hot messes like us!!!


I say all this to prove a few points:


1) You are never too far gone.


2) There isn’t a spiritual, physical, or emotional prison that the Lord can’t deliver you from!


3) His ways are higher than our ways, so don’t let your circumstances determine your dedication and commitment to Christ! We have to serve Him with the same heart whether we are in the penthouse or the big house!


4) Notice how this verse ends: once the Lord frees you from that prison, He is going to take you where He wants you to serve! Cry out to the Lord and watch the walls come down, the chains fall off, and your life be made brand new in Christ!


Psalm 40:2 - He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!




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