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Present & Pleased Devotional DAY TWELVE

In the Bible book of Acts we read about two men who are imprisoned for good things they are doing for Christ. Matter of fact, they had just cast out an evil spirit in the Name of Jesus! Turns out the town’s reaction wasn’t exactly overwhelming gratitude…

Acts 16:22-23 "A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison."

So, here are these two men, hot on the heels of a real-life spiritual healing and rather than the moment being celebrated, they end up incarcerated! Beaten. Bloody. Wronged.

This is the point most of us would get loud. Not fair….not right….not going quietly!  

But, amid injustice we see a deep difference in Paul and Silas.

Acts 16:25-26 "Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!"

With wounds wide open, feet locked in stocks, these guys counteract human nature. They lift their voices, not to shout complaints, but to raise a praise. To sing of all things!

What a curious example. The result was remarkable. Not only does God show supernatural power that frees the ones worshiping Him, the chains fall off prisoners who are simply around the praisers!

Wherever you find yourself today, let’s choose praise. Opt to look up. As we fast and focus let’s ask God to do powerful things in us AND the community around!

lead pastor

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