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Get Up and Get Dressed

Posted on: 7-15-112011

“Peter was therefore kept in prison but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and guards before the door were keeping the prison.  Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up saying, ‘Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.  Then the angel said to him, ‘ Gird yourself and tie on your sandals’; and so he did.  And he said to him, ‘Put on your garment and follow me.’ So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.”  Acts 12:5-9

This was a portion of the Scriptures that we studied tonight in a Bible Study I am attending.  There are so many interesting things packed into this few verses, but I want to concentrate on a couple of  things.  First, note that Peter was chained with two chains between two soldiers.  It was impossible for Peter to get himself out of the chains…he could not help himself! However, Peter served a mighty and amazing God and getting Peter out of the chains was no problem for Him!  All He had to do was say the word and those chains were as good as gone!   We, like Peter, have chains around us that we cannot get rid of on our own…they are the chains of sin.  No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to break the hold of the chains of sin! We, like Peter, serve a mighty and amazing God who can break our chains with just a word!  No matter how the chains have wrapped around us and no matter how tight their grip, they are no match for the power of God! Second, note that Peter was given some instructions by the angel.  He basically told him to “get up and get dressed”.  Now, if God could break the chains, couldn’t He have dressed Peter as well?  He certainly could have, but He chose to let Peter do that for himself.  You see, there are things in our life that God knows we cannot do, so He takes care of those for us.  However, He also wants us to do for ourselves what we can!  He does not want us to be passive recipients only…He wants us to be active participants in our relationship with Him.  In closing, I want to share a quote that our teacher shared with us…this is what his grandfather always told him and I think it’s very fitting:

“Pray like it all depends on God, but work like it all depends on you!”

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