Good Evening Beautiful Survivors! I have a chapter in my book, titled “The Midnight Hour.” Everyone will face a time like this at some point in their life. It’s a time in your life where you feel utterly hopeless. It could be for a number of reasons; an illness, a divorce, a financial crisis, family problems, and the list goes on and on. It is a time in your life when you need a miracle, or a touch from God.
Most of us are familiar with the story in the bible of Paul and Silas. They were thrown into prison for their faith. It was about midnight and they started worshipping and praising God. The other prisoners were listening to them. SUDDENLY, there was an earthquake and their chains fell off. Not only were they set free, but all of the prisoner’s chains fell off as well.
In this life, there are many types of chains. You can be in a silent prison of your own for many reasons. One of the ways to get free from these chains is to just start worshipping God. Praise your way to the victory. Just like the other prisoners who were watching Paul and Silas, many people are watching you. When your chains fall off, theirs will too. You will all be set free.
When I was going through my cancer journey, I was in a prison of fear and depression, but God stepped in and radically interrupted my life. He set me free from the fear and depression from the cancer and he filled me with his joy. Only God can take an ugly cancer diagnosis and turn it around for good. No matter what you are going through, God is able to turn it around. He can use your brokenness, which becomes your testimony, to help someone else.
If you are going through the most difficult time in your life and you feel hopeless, lean into God. He is closer than your next breath. He loves to set people free from whatever prison they are in. Start praising him even when it seems like the hardest thing to do; even when nothing makes sense. The key is praising God before you see the miracle. Make a choice to let nothing hold you back, even in the hardest of times. Praise right smack in the heat of the battle. Psalm 22:3 declares that God dwells in the praises of his people. When you choose to worship and praise God instead of grumbling, whining and complaining, you are actually entering into his very presence. Soon, it will come natural and you will start seeing the shackles fall off. You will be able to say that our God is a good, good God. Your dungeon of prison and the chains that bind you will be transformed into a sanctuary of praise. Lift those tired hands to heaven and praise your God and watch him lift your load and break every chain.
The Midnight Hour is the end of one day, but the beginning of another! The Midnight Hour may seem dark for a time, but shortly after it is morning and the sun will shine again!! Take those shackles off your feet and dance your way to the victory!!!
I love you guys!
Acts 16: 25-26
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chains fell off.