Psalm 68:6: God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
For a prisoner to become prosperous may seem like something farfetched. To be a prison is to be confined, to be limited, to not be able to do anything for your own financial benefit at least in the world that was then. But to proper is to break free, to walk free from any and every impediment and enjoy abundance of good things.
If you are in an actual prison or something similar, let the story of Joseph console you, minister to you (Genesis 39-41). He was in prison, but he did not allow the prison to be in him. He let go of the bitterness and went about cheering other prisoners up, exercising his gifts, expressing his potential even in prison.
Remember that his boss’ wife asked to him to sleep with her, when he refused, she framed him in a case of attempted rape and got him locked up in prison. Joseph had the option to be angry vowing vengeance if he ever gained his freedom. As a slave, his situation was doubly dire indeed because there was no one he was related in that land. Come to think of it, does a slave have any right to speak of? None would take up his case to defend him. It was his word against his mistress’, and who will listen to a slave? The cards were stacked against him. As it were there was no light at the end of the tunnel, but he did not allow that to dampen his spirit. It was as if that was the end of him. Cut away from his family and from justice, there was no hope, no way out for him, logically speaking. The chance of him coming from prison to prosperity was very slim indeed.
Though imprisoned physically, he was not imprisoned in his mind. He did not allow his situation of physical limitation to translate to mental limitation, or social limitation. He had great relationship with fellow prisoners, and the jailor put him in charge of all of them. He was a natural leader, and he was able to express it in the prison preparatory to the rulership of Egypt that God will give him.
While in prison his imagination was not imprisoned. He imagined that one day he will be free, that was why he told someone he interpreted a dream for, who was in the employ of the king to remember him. Though he could not see the way out, he believed there is a way out. He knew he was not going to pine away in the prison, which might be the wish of the Potiphar’s wife who got him imprisoned.
She lied against him but he learnt to let go of the bitterness. The bible says that we should be careful, lest the root of bitterness sprout out in us, causing harm, defiling us (Hebrews 12:15). Jesus did not express bitterness on the cross. Like Joseph in prison he was on the cross for no just cause, for no crime he committed. But He asked God to forgive those who were responsible for his death on the cross (Luke 23:34).
Both Joseph and Jesus went from prison and pain to prosperity, emerging from their difficulties into glory. Both maintained their trust in God like Job who said even if he (God) slays me yet I will trust him (Job 13:15). The bible says that those who trust in God are like mount Zion that cannot be moved (Psalm 125:1). Joseph emerged miraculously from Prison to be Prime Minister in Egypt, while Jesus emerged from the grave to have all the power in heaven and on earth given to him.
Know for sure that whatever limitation you are in now, will soon pass. It is the intention of God who is the king to make his children fully functional kings like him (Revelation 1:6). We carry his genes as his children. When we engage our spirit on this earth (for example in prayer), we move also in the unseen world, the world without limit, since we are born of the Spirit (John 3). When we pray, we say our father in heaven, and lay hold of heavenly resources.
When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, it seems they were now truly limited (Acts 16:24-28). They were chained but in praise and prayer they put to work their divinity, they activated their connection with God and brought heaven to the earth. There was an earthquake and the chains of all the prisoners (not only Paul and Silas’) were loosed and the doors of the prison were opened. He experienced deliverance, but it was not just for themselves only, everyone with them also experienced the same deliverance.
The divine connection to God that those had led to the freedom of those who were with them in that prison; therefore, the work of God in our lives does not just impact us, it impacts those associated with us. We are not just free, but we are emissaries of freedom wherever we go, as we connect others to our freedom, to our God, as we become conduits of the elevated life to others, from prison to a prosperous life.
This body is like a prison, there is limit in what we can know where we can go, but our renewed spirit from God which is born by the Holy Spirit is without limit. But Jesus said that the one born of the Spirit is like the wind, you don’t know where it is going and you don’t know where it is coming from. The wind is a most powerful force present everywhere on earth. The reach of our spirit is like that.
John told us that we don’t need anyone to teach us because we have the anointing, the endowment of the Spirit that Christ gave us and we know all things (1John 2:20, 27). Therefore in our spirit there is no limit to what we know. So though we seem ordinary, we are truly extraordinary in Christ, there is a divine extra that we have in us. In Christ we are not really in prison whatever our earthly state look like. When Jesus rose from the grave we rose up with him, into a new life, a supernatural life, because by faith we share oneness with him.
We are no longer limited by time as we share the purpose of Jesus, since his is an eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:10-11). We are no longer limited by space; as we are now seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:5-6). We are no longer limited in potential, because we are blessed with all blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). It is now cheap to walk in the supernatural.
- Prison Hymns ~ Acts 16:16-40 (kellertxdad.com)
- The Plan of Salvation (emlk99blog.wordpress.com)
- Finishing The Race For Jesus: The Book of 2 Peter (yourgodmoments.wordpress.com)
- Ephesians 6 (elainebrown1961.wordpress.com)
- Take Hold of the Blessings (devotionsinmotion.wordpress.com)