SUMite Summer Study 2021
Vignettes of Paul
Paul and Silas
Lynn here. I’ve noticed that many of us are living smack in the middle of the fight. And the fires are burning molten. For me, I experience more enemy push back than in any other time in my life. EVER!!
There was a day I felt battle weary, bloody and broken. I ask you, have any of you ever thought of me as broken? I was. I truly relate to the scars that are healing on your soul. Mine are too.
And for all of us who find ourselves beaten and chained by the enemy forces of evil, I want to say one thing:
IT’S ONE HOUR UNTIL MIDNIGHT!
Let’s take a look at the midnight story from the life of Apostle Paul. -ACTS 16:16-34
- Paul and Silas rebuke a demonize girl and set her free. (Doing the right and Godly thing.)
- The greed of men rocked the city and set the “government officials upon Paul and Silas (This sound far too familiar to our current day.)
- Beaten and chained in the depths of a prison. (They were completely helpless.)
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! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” -ACTS 16:25-28
SUMites, we are facing a countdown to the midnight hour. We may be rounded up. Shut up. Denounced and abandoned by those who should love us. But midnight quickly approaches and God will show Himself and the prison doors will open. The chains will supernaturally pop off. This TRUTH is an utter mind blow!
As this hour draws near, there is no longer space for powerless Christianity. There is no place to hide our faith. Many of us are in a prison right now. A prison of our fears. A fortress of perceived failures. A marriage of iron resistance to Jesus.
BUT…….. Midnight is at hand! We have done the hard work of sanctification. Our vessels are filled with the midnight oil and we linger wide awake, waiting with anticipation for the King!
We will watch as the prison doors fling open. Then we will follow the angels as they lead us through the gates of our personal hell into the freedom Christ purchased. We will watch as Jesus sets captives free and release the oppressed from from their distorted prison of lies.
Keep singing. SING A LITTLE LOUDER. Shout to the Lord. Raise a Hallelujah.
We are not forgotten orphans. We are sons and daughters. Our Father awaits for the midnight hour at the gates with Jesus. Jesus holds the keys to death and hell. He paid the price.
THE WAR IS OVER.
Thank you, Paul and Silas, for showing us the way. Your faith and example will save many of us from a fate worse than death.
I love you my friends. Keep marching. We will comfort one another. Bear with one another. Tend one another’s wounds and celebrate when one comes home. Love and hugs, Lynn