Weekly Devotions 

RISE UP QUICKLY

 

“And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly.  And his chains fell off from his hands.”

 

                                                                                                          Acts 12:7

 

The Lord did not remove Peter from prison.  He set him free so he could walk out in freedom.  Those things that help Peter captive were overcome by the Lord but left Peter in charge of walking away.  Peter was free but still sitting in the same place where he was held in bondage.  His environment didn’t change but he was free.  God’s message to Peter was short and clear, “rise up quickly.”  The longer we sit in the same place, and consider the difficulty of walking away, the less likely we are to remain in bondage.  Not in bondage to his environment, God had already set Peter free from environment, he was now in danger of being in bondage to his own fears.

 

As Christians we are free from every form of bondage that has ever held power over us and now only have one battle to win.  We have no reason to live in bondage but are in danger of doing so if we don’t quickly obey God’s word as He speaks.  When God speaks move quickly, don’t rationalize or debate.  We must never let the one thing we have control over to keep us in bondage.

 

PB