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Experience Hope Devotional

Set Free

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

— John 8:36


The apostles not only witnessed miracles, they experienced the power to do miracles just like Jesus did. According to the book of Acts, some people were healed simply when Peter’s shadow fell on them. It wasn’t really Peter’s shadow healing them but the power of God at work through Peter that touched them.

The apostles preached boldly, and their lives were filled to overflowing with the very presence of God. But they were not free from hatred and persecution. Throughout their lives, the apostles were maliciously attacked, falsely accused, beaten and jailed.

Most of us have experienced times when we felt imprisoned by the opinions, attitudes and words of others. Jesus said we would have troubles in this life, but He also promised freedom. No matter what situations we’re facing, what things look like or who is pointing their finger at us, we can live free because of the eternal promises we’ve been given by Christ.

Prisons could not keep Peter and Paul from preaching the Gospel, and words of men could not keep them from doing what God called them to do. They can’t keep us from doing the same.


Today’s One Thing

Identify one area of your life that feels like a prison. Think of one way you can serve God even while in that prison. Then do it.