Tag: Prison

Prison’s End

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

A pastor in Communist Eastern Europe was abducted at gunpoint. He was put in prison, his identity stripped, his possessions gone, and his old life now just a memory. He lived the next part of his life in an underground prison. For most people, that would be a problem, an obstacle to ministry and God’s purposes. But the pastor didn’t see prison as a hindrance to God’s calling, to ministry, or to the purposes of God in his life, but rather as an opportunity. And that’s just what happened. In prison, he learned to worship, share the Gospel, minister, and glorify God.

You, too, may be dealing with an unwanted situation in your life. It may seem like a prison or a hindrance to God’s will, and you can’t wait for the situation to change. But don’t waste your time or your life living like that. Your ministry is not what begins when God changes your situation. It begins right now when you change your heart. Whatever your situation is, start glorifying Him fully right here and now. For then you will never know prison, only His glory.

Today’s Mission – Today, in whatever situation you find yourself in, glorify God and praise Him.

by Jonathan Cahn

A wonderful example of faith in adversity

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, he was being held in a Roman prison, his feet chained to a soldier on either side. The conditions were horrible and Paul suffered great indignities, with no time alone and no freedoms.

Think about it. Here was a man who had been very active, traveling the open road and high seas to meet and fellowship with God’s people. Paul drew his greatest joy from visiting the churches he had established throughout that region of the world. But now he was chained down, literally bound to the hardest, most profane men alive.

Some of the Christians who knew Paul began to murmur that he was bringing disgrace on the gospel because of his situation. But Paul was intent on finding God’s purpose for allowing him to come to this point. Instead of asking, “Why did this happen to me?” he decided to discover what his reaction should be. This servant of God made up his mind: “I can’t change where I am but I know my steps are ordered by the Lord. Therefore, I’m going to magnify Christ and be a testimony while I’m in these chains.”

“Now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20). Paul was in no way resigned or indifferent to his circumstances but he was determined that God’s Word would be validated by his reaction to his affliction. “Knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel … Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice” (1:17-18).

Paul’s attitude is a wonderful demonstration of how we should react to adverse circumstances. It is possible to waste all our tomorrows anxiously waiting to be delivered out of our suffering, but if that becomes our focus, we will miss the miracle and joy of being emancipated in our trial. Paul’s word to the Philippians was, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4). And I say to you, “Rejoice in the Lord always!”

by David Wilkerson