Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold
their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.
And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he
departed, and went into another place.
We have been studying the miraculous escape of Peter the night
before he was to be executed for loving Jesus. The angel had showed up in his
prison cell and led him out of the prison supernaturally and Peter had gone to
Mary’s house where he thought they might be meeting and praying and they were.
Rhoda came to the door when Peter knocked and was so excited she ran back into
the house without letting Peter in and they didn’t believe it was Peter until
they saw him. Now in verse 17 Peter begins to tell them about the goodness
of Father God and his prison deliverance.
That is what we are called to do, testify about what God has done for us. Every one of us has been in a prison of some kind in our lifetime and we are called to tell others of the good news of our deliverance. Our testimony encourages others because they know if God did it for us; He will do it for them. There is great power in personal testimony. Our job is to tell and then the Holy Spirit will do His part after that but we must go and tell.
Someone in the same prison you were in is waiting for a word of HOPE and we must not hold back any longer but rather share the good news of what Father God has done for us.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
Peter became the talk of the town, this news spread like wildfire. The guards were there, the prison cell still shut, the prison gate shut, but where was Peter?
19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
A sad commentary for the guards and their families but when a miracle happens, people will believe or they will become hardened in their hearts. When people become hardhearted they will begin to kill those around them (most of the time spiritually with negative words of doubt and unbelief). Friend, continue to be careful who speaks into your life. Words are powerful and the most dangerous words that can penetrate your heart are words of doubt and unbelief.
In the next few verses we see the darkness inside of Herod and it was simply PRIDE.
20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country. 21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Pride, the downfall of so many; pride, an enemy we must all learn to hate and destroy in our lives. Greater than the false gods of this world is pride that tries to set up a kingdom in our heart. Many times we make fun of those worshipping Buddha but we worship
Pride is what caused Lucifer to get kicked out of heaven. Pride is what caused Adam to disobey. Pride is what caused Samson to go where he shouldn’t go. Pride in Saul’s
heart caused him to miss his destiny and we could go on and on proving pride
(selfishness) is the root of all sin. Pride is centered around self, in fact the middle letter in pride is “I”. Pride is when it’s about what I want, what I thought, what I perceived to be true instead of what does Father God want for me, what does Father God want me to do, what does Father God say.
Then we read this truth; 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had
fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
The early church is being persecuted BUT God’s Kingdom grew and multiplied. The persecution had taken the church from daily addition to multiplication. If we are going to multiply then we must be willing to be persecuted for the gospel but it’s worth it.
Prayer Points: Father God, help me with the power of the Holy Spirit and the Blood of Jesus to destroy pride in my life. Help me to yield myself fully to your Kingdom in Jesus Name!