Acts 5:22-25 NIV
But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, ‘We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.’ On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to. Then someone came and said, ‘Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.’
These apostles had the Word of God burning on the inside of them. Even though they were imprisoned for proclaiming the Good News they were compelled to speak it out.
Everything within them was crying out for release. Because they were so focused on the mission that God had given them, the apostles had to be released from their captivity inside the jail, so the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates. They were discovered standing in the temple courts teaching the people the scriptures.
Just as death could not hold Jesus down, the Word of God will not be held captive either. It must burst forth and will not return void. If our main focus is to proclaim the Word of God then we will not be bound by our circumstance. So allow God to open the gates of whatever is trying to bind you up and walk free.
Release His powerful Word wherever your feet tread and leave behind you a trail of the scent of the Holy Spirit.
“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” 2 Tim 2:8-9