Freedom Requires Action!
I’ve seen a lot of men over the years come to Keswick and once they walk through the doors it’s, “ok, I’m here—now God has to do the rest”. WRONG!!
God, through the precious blood of Christ, has not only done the work, but has done it perfectly and completely. Now it’s time to wake up and take hold of what God has waiting for us in Jesus.
Peters in prison guarded by a LOT of guards, chained and locked behind steel doors. His situation seems as desperate and hopeless as any man could be and is exactly how men feel when they arrive at “a crossroad”—at Keswick. Lost deep in addiction—in sin—we can feel there is no way out because we are only seeing what is right in front of us and don’t know the awesome plans God has for our lives.
In Acts 12:7, an angel pokes Peter in the side to get his attention & then has to instruct him to get up. BEFORE Peter even moves, the chains fall of—a great depiction that we are already set free—we just need to claim Jesus as Savior and BANG—those chains are gone!
In 7-8, the angel gives Peter more instructions—put on your cloths and sandals—put on your cloak—follow me—and Peter does what he is told. This had to be a very strange and scary experience having an angel appear, having your chains literally fall off and then you start to follow this angel out of the prison. But without obedience, without action, we would all be sitting in prison—by our own choice.
Peter sees the most daunting hurdle ahead, the iron gates. But God is not limited by anyone or anything and as Peter approaches the gates, they open wide before him. Nothing can stop our Lord.
God doesn’t need our “help” in His work of redemption, but He does require our participation. Sitting around waiting for God to physically move us or do the work He has called us to do and complaining along the way that He is not doing enough is NOT going to float.
It’s time to STOP the complaining and get about the business of following the Lord! Amen — Steve Schmidt serves on the ministry team at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Quote of the day: To think that reasoning and understanding of Scripture is to know Him is as sensible as reasoning about food is to eat it. William Law
Verse to Memorize: For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:22-23 ESV