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Time To Change Strategy


(Acts 16:22-26) “The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods. After giving them a severe beating, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security.”

“Having received these orders, he put them into the inner cell and fastened their feet in leg irons. Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly, there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors immediately flew open, and everyone’s chains were unfastened.”



God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. However, His strategies might change with every individual, every situation, and what others have done might not work for you. Every one of us is at a different level in our knowledge of Christ, and especially in our knowledge of ourselves under God’s light. It is good to imitate our leaders, teachers, parents, and other preachers. But, there will come a time when you will have to change your strategy and try what God is instructing you. Only God knows what He needs you to do for Him, so be open to changing the way you preach, pray, or even spend time with Him.

Paul and Silas were imprisoned for having healed a demon-possessed girl. They were beaten and shackled with chains. They could have just sat there and felt sorry for themselves. Paul, who was educated and knew the law, could have complained pointing out the injustice and asking for his rights as a Roman and a Jewish Pharisee. They could have prayed for God’s fire to come down and blind the guards. They could have asked God to send His angels and deliver them. But what did they do?

They just started to praise Him. By doing this, they proclaimed His glory over their situation. They declared that the fear of what would happen to them was no longer an issue. They declared that the pain they were physically and emotionally suffering was nothing compared to the desire to be in God’s presence. And above all things, they brought confusion to the plans of Satan, who wanted them to be miserable.

Your current situation or suffering might not encourage you to praise Him right now but try it anyway. I guarantee that the more you start to praise His name, the more you will feel His presence, as evil spirits hate it when you praise Jesus. They only have two options, to kneel down to the name that is above every other name or to flee from where you are right now.



E.V. Hill says, “When Paul and Silas began to sing, God began to tap his foot, and that caused an earthquake to hit that Philippian jail, and all the doors were opened!”




• Father, You are He who brings out those who are bound into prosperity, He who sets free those appointed to death, The Lord who upholds all those who fall.
• Thank You Father that your promises in the Word are eternal.
• We ask for Your wisdom right now for the trials we are facing. We ask for your divine strategy for our particular situation.
• Give us the heart and the mind to praise you no matter what the situation.
• When I look into Your holiness, when I gaze into your loveliness, when all things that surround become shadows in the light of you. When I´ve found the joy of reaching Your heart, when my will becomes enthroned in Your love, when all things that surround become shadows in the light of you. I worship You, I worship You, the reason I live is to worship You.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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