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Acts 12: God's Hand During Persecution
by From the Pastor's Desk on February 12th, 2013

He Always Shows Himself in our Struggle

Acts 12:1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. 
Whenever there is an explosion of advance in ministry of the church, there will always be some opposition that will arise. Ultimately, however, this opposition will not at all be permanent. These are the growing pains of ministry. As we will see with the rest of the book of Acts, the growth will be unstoppable. The best time for God to show His power is when it seems like the work of the ministry has become intense.

First, there was a persecution that arose from the death of Stephen. Now there is more persecution orchestrated by Herod Agrippa I, who was a king (of sorts) to the Jews. He killed James and had Peter arrested. Peter had already been arrested with John in Acts 5 and they both were miraculously delivered. No doubt Peter had faith this time that God would deliver him again. This time the door was guarded by two soldiers and he was guarded by two soldiers other either side. What was Peter doing? He was asleep between the soldiers while in prison. Now that is the peace of God. I am sure the thought that he would be killed crossed his mind. Despite that, he was asleep in chains. When we are in the will of God doing the work of God that is the perfect time for the Hand of God to manifest in our circumstance. Faith in His deliverance will give you peace.

He was delivered again by the angel of the Lord. Why? “Because earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (verse 4)” It seems that everything they did at every turn revolved around prayer for the ministry. Because their focus was on the Kingdom business, God always took care of their business. One notable thing about his escape was the congregation of people that were praying for him, did not believe he was in fact at the door when he began to knock. I am not sure what they were praying, but they obviously were not expecting God to deliver him that night. This proves that sometimes we can pray for things and we don’t really have the expectation what all that God can actually do in our situation. It is good that He chooses to surprise us and exceed our expectations.

I am looking for God to exceed our expectations. I am looking for Him to do something mighty in us, for us and through us. As I always say:

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20)”

Say it with me, “God will blow your mind!”


Posted in Acts, Bible 2013    Tagged with Herod, peter, persecution


2 Comments

Member - February 18th, 2013 at 4:06 PM
God will blow your mind!
From the Pastor's Desk - February 18th, 2013 at 4:08 PM
Nice. :-) Yes He will!
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