This is the Way….so walk into it.
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the Way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, or when ye turn to the left.”
I quote this verse often, for the Lord gave it to me years ago when I was asking concerning His Will for my life.
He was telling me, that He would not let me get “bewildered”, or “lost” along His Way….but would guide me….by His Holy Spirit and His Word….to the right direction.
“Walk ye in it”. To walk sets for the fact of….one step at a time. Our everyday living.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
There is in our everyday paths the means of fulfilling of His Purpose for us.
We need seek no special arrangement,…..but just to be found faithful in what we have at hand.
1 Peter 3:15 (Williams Version)
“But in your hearts be consecrated to Christ as Lord, and always be ready to make your defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope you have. But you must do it in gentleness and reverence.”
This is the Way….and Peter walked right out of prison….
Acts 12:7, 9-10 “And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
And he went out, and followed him: and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
When they were past the first and second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.”
Peter had been arrested, and put in prison after Herod had killed James. He was asleep when God sent His angel to lead him out…..thinking that soon he would see the Lord Jesus face to face again.
(Peter, by this time had preached at Pentecost…and saw three thousand saved. Acts 2:41
He had healed the lame man, and preached before the counsel, when they commanded them to stop preaching in Jesus’s name….”We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
And he had been sent to Cornelius house….a Roman centurion…to preach the gospel to them….and the Holy Ghost had been given to the Gentiles, as well as to the Jews…….through his preaching. Acts 10:44-45
He had been busy for the Lord….and, laying in the prison cell….he was ready to go to see Him again.)
But God’s Way for James was to be martyred,…..to show the devotion to Christ, in front of the people…
…while God’s Way for Peter was something more,….here on earth….for some time to come…
….so He brought Peter out of prison….for His Way.
This is the Way…
…..and Paul and Silas walked right into a prison.
Paul had wanted to go into Asia to preach the gospel….but was “forbidden of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 16:6).
Then they thought to go into Bithynia (the upper part of Turkey)….but “the Spirit suffered them not.”
Then Paul had a vision in the night of a Macedonian saying, “Come over and help us”
So they immediately went to Phillippi, one of the chief cities of Macedonia….and a Roman colony.
At first, in the city, they were encouraged by Lydia being converted with some of her friends.
She invited them to come into her home and have that for a base while they were in the city.
But….as they continued in the city….a girl possessed with a spirit of divination kept following them, day after day….when they went anywhere…..saying, “These are the men of the Most High God….which show unto us the way of salvation.”
Paul being grieved…..knowing this was not the Way the gospel was to be given out….turned and said, “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”
She was free of this terrible spirit!
But her master’s were furious.
So now,….they were brought before the magistrates, and accused of “troubling our city”…..commanded to be beaten (“they laid many stripes upon them”)……and…they were thrown into the inner prison, in stocks (which meant they would have been bent, with their feet and hands in the wooden stocks).
Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
Paul and Silas prayed,….and I think some of their first prayers were to see if they had done the Lord’s Will….or had over-stepped themselves. (Remember Paul had been grieved by it….was it right to deal with this situation, as he had?)
And when they heard that it was His Will….it was for the greater glory of God……then praise came from their hearts,….and into song.
It was from the Holy Spirit….for after the beating they had….and in the position they were sitting….it was not of their own strength…….He would have had to empower them.
That is victory….in the Way….but there is more…..for God’s Way often leads us to the people that need us to tell them of Christ Jesus….and often it is not as we think.
(Are we ready for it, when the opportunity comes?)
Acts 16:26 “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that that the foundation of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every man’s bands were loosed.”
Hallelujah! This must mean we are to go!
But Paul and Silas were checked in the spirit….they stayed….and God put a check on all the prisoners.
The guard waking up, was going to take his own life….thinking he was to blame for the prisoners escaping….he should not have been asleep…
….but Paul was listening hard to God…and cried out…
Acts 16:28 “And Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.”
Paul saves the guard’s life……and the guard comes in to see if this is true…..and then….is amazed at these men…..they must know some God, to leave themselves in His hands still.
And Paul leads him and his family, to the Lord.
Acts 16:29-33 “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas.
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
And they spake unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.”
Paul and Silas were released the next day….
Acts 16:40 “And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.”
God has a Way for each of us…..it is not the same….except in the fact that He will guide and be with us……every step of it.
Will we hear Him….and so walk right into it?