How to Get Out and Stay Out
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me. Psalm 142:7 NKJV
David, hiding out in a cave and deeply troubled because King Saul sought to find him and kill him. He found himself in a figurative “prison” and cried out to the Lord because he wanted to get out and stay out. Many, just like David, have found themselves in a “prison” of sin, sickness, addiction, lack and poverty, confusion and emotional turmoil and desire to get out and stay out.
The good news is that Jesus came to set captives free, regardless of your “prison” (Luke 4:18). He sends His Word to heal your circumstance and deliver you out of your captivity (Psalm 107:20-21). Now, when the Word comes, you can leave your prison by acting on God’s Word—believing it in your heart and speaking it with your mouth (Mark 11:23). God wants His children to get out and stay out. How?
In the Scripture text above, David mentions three ways to stay out of your “prison” once delivered; but, I will also offer an additional way. Here are the four ways to stay out, i.e., to be protected from the snares of the enemy once you have been delivered: first, after Jesus sets you free, give continuous praise and thanksgiving to God; second, be sure to surround yourself with righteous-minded people. You must avoid hanging around undelivered and unrighteous individuals who can offer you no hope; third, keep your heart and mind open and to allow God to deal with you continually. Just because you’ll been set free doesn’t mean God is finish with you. There are more seasons coming in your life; and, fourth, do not forsake the assembling of yourself (Heb. 10:25) with other believers for worship, teaching and preaching of the Word of God. You will grow in the grace and the knowledge of God’s Word by doing so.
Remember, God accomplishes His intended purposes, in your life, by the Word. This Word will help you get out and stay out according to Isaiah 55:10, 11. According to the Prophet Isaiah, the Word of God cannot be stopped no more than rain and snow can be stopped. God’s Word fertilizes your circumstance and makes it bring forth and bud a miracle of change. The Word will never return to God empty and fruitless. The Word works to get you out and keep you out!