by Ernest Easley

How To Prepare For The Impossible
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 12
July 27, 2008

I was asked recently what God had been saying to me. Without a moment's hesitation .. I said, "God has been telling me He is calling His church to get back to the basics of what He desired and designed for His church to be from the beginning."
Those are the churches He is looking for to bless with power and passion and with people. Churches whose membership once again live under the authority of scripture ... who live Spirit-filled lives ... whose lives reveal Jesus throughout the community .. who promote and protect the unity of the fellowship and are filled with grace!
Today we come to chapter 12 in our study of Acts where we find Peter in what seemed to be an impossible situation. Herod had killed James the brother of John and because that pleased the Jews .. now he was going after Peter.
Peter had been arrested .. and because it was during the Passover period ... Herod had to wait until Passover was past before he could execute him. So Peter is in jail being guarded by 16 soldiers .. he was in two chains .. there was a keeper of the iron gate. Herod was taking no chances. After all .. he had heard what happened earlier when He had been miraculously release from prison which is recorded back in chapter 5. And Herod was determined that it wasn't going to happen again.
So .. what do you do when you're facing an impossible situation? What do you do when you're at the end of your rope? You may be there today. And if you're not there today .. you will be there if you live long enough.
I'm talking about those seemingly impossible situations where there doesn't seem to be a way out. Well .. for starters you need to remember Jeremiah 32.17, "Ah, Lord God. Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You."
Literally it says, "No, absolutely nothing for you is ex ...

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