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Ministering in Our Mess

by Joanna Pierce on March 15, 2017

Every day that we live, we must be intentional in our walk with God. Serving Him, working for His Kingdom, keeping our flesh conquered, overcoming the enemy, following holiness, and many more things, all take our time, energy, and focus. And, none of it is easy.

No one said living for God would be a piece of cake, but that’s one of our misconceptions in life. In fact, Peter told the church not to be surprised when fiery trials come (I Peter 4:12). Likewise, Jesus told His disciples they would be hated by all men for serving Him (Matthew 10:22).

This is why Paul and Silas found themselves beaten, torn, and locked up in a prison (Acts 16). They were facing a trial—more significant than anything most of us have endured in this life—and they were in the dark, bound in chains, and were seemingly alone.

This is where Christians today stop living for God. If everything isn’t going their way, they blame God for the mess they’re in, and don’t see the reward in their experience. They shut themselves away from the world to “deal” with their issue.

You see, we feel that when we’re in the press, we can’t help anyone else but ourselves. We really need a blessing. We really need an escape. We really need God to work in our life.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed (Acts 16:25–26, KJV, emphasis added).

In the middle of their dark hour, Paul and Silas sang praises unto God. They followed the Scriptural command to praise God in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:18). But, they also knew another truth.

Even in the middle of their situation, they knew there was a reason they were there. There was an opportunity to reach a soul. Even bound in their own chains, they knew they were in the perfect position to pray for a miracle that would loose chains—the chains of the other prisoners around them

And, that’s exactly what happened.

Paul and Silas sang praises to God, not just because God is worthy of the praise, but also to be the catalyst for a miracle. They knew the prisoners needed a supernatural experience with the King of kings and the Lord of lords. God showed up in the middle of their trial, and loosed everyone’s bands.

The God we serve is so awesome that we can experience a blessing of our own when we seek to help someone else—a double-portion of His blessing, anointing, and glory. God not only loosed everyone’s bands in that prison, but broke the yoke of bondage from Paul and Silas as well. God will not forget us when we sacrifice for someone else and when we’re faithful despite of what we’re experiencing in this life.

We need to keep ministering to others in the midst of our trials. We have no idea why we’re in the situation we’re in. God may have put us in chains, so we could see someone else locked down in need of freedom. And, through our prayers and praise, someone else will receive deliverance.