Acts 16:23-26 “And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 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.“
In the midst of the storm, trials and tribulation, do you praise God? Do you turn your worship music and sing unto the Lord God about how awesome He is and how grateful you are to have salvation through Jesus Christ, His Son, and His abundant blessings? I tell you by these verses alone, praising God in the midst of trial is something that could break and loosen strongholds because it shows that you are grateful to God. It shows that even when things aren’t going your way, that you God is still in control and you still know how good God is. You see, satan doesn’t understand that, because when you praise and worship God from your heart, even in heartbreak, that it is powerful and the Holy Spirit moves and heaven HEARS and God is pleased! Just as with Paul and Silas in prison, even being beaten and abused, they still praised God with songs!
What happened next was something amazing and a miracle! The chains were broken off and the doors that were shut now were opened by their heartfelt and genuine praises to God! Oh yes, God hears our praises and knows our worship! This event that happened to Paul and Silas is very symbolic in a way because what is holding you in bondage, what is bringing you down and hurting you in areas of your life? Well, don’t even give into that trap of lies from the evil one because you are not in bondage if you are living a righteous life because remember what Jesus said, that those whom the Son set free, is FREE indeed (John 8:36). Paul and Silas understood this a lot more than we do today. This is the breakthrough, it is right there in the word of God, even in midst of trials and tribulation, your breakthrough is in your praise. Your peace and your joy comes through by telling others and showing God how grateful you are for Him and how in your praise you exalt Him and focus on Him and not on your trial or tribulation.
Not only that but when they praise God and the shackles were loosed, others seen this, others were a witness to it who were in prison themselves and so was the soldier. By that event alone that soldier gave his life to Jesus Christ because of what he saw their praises to God did. So, there may people in your life whom don’t know Jesus, that may see you going through something difficult but they see that by your devotion to God, your obedience to God, your thankfulness and gratefulness that those troubles is not hindering you from praising God. But by living a righteous life, it is BLESSING you and they see that and by that they may want to know Jesus Christ too!
Hallelujah, in Jesus name! God will bring you out, oh yes, just praise Him! Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on the storm!
God bless you and God loves you!