“Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, ‘Quick get up!’ And the chains fell off his wrists.” Acts 12:7
Peter’s miraculous escape from prison still speaks to us today. He was in a hopeless situation with no way out. But then the story shifts suddenly. A bright light shined into the prison as an angel appeared and said, “Quick! Get up!” Then the chains fell off of him.
The enemy knows if he has you chained with fear and doubt and hedged in with discouragement and intimidation that you’re not going anywhere. But when the light of the gospel comes, it brings hope, faith, and victory in the dark places of your life. When you think there’s no way out, don’t just sit there. You have to stop sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. Make a decision that you’re not going to stay in your situation. You have to get up.
The angel then tells Peter to put on his shoes. Shoes are for going places. It’s time for you to move again. Put your walking shoes on and go where you have never gone before. Put on the shoes of faith so you can start walking by faith, not sight.
After Peter put on his shoes, the angel told him to put on his garment. Some of you need to put on the garment of praise. Isaiah 61:3 says, “Put on the garment of praise to replace the spirit of heaviness.” The spirit of heaviness is the spirit of oppression. It is the feeling of giving up. When you put on that garment of praise, you will begin to get your joy and peace back. The overwhelming obstacles looming over you are suddenly not as scary as you thought.
Get up, put on the shoes of faith and the garment of praise, and start marching in the direction that God is leading you.