Did you know that the Bible teaches us that separation from the world produces faith? The Bible says, “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” The Bible says to forsake the weak and beggarly elements of the world. If we would stop and consider the matter for just a moment, we would clearly see that sowing seeds of holiness in the prison by forsaking the lusts of the world would result in reaping great faith and all the blessings of God. Didn’t the evil seeds sown prior to prison lead to reaping a prison sentence? Of course! Therefore, it is obvious that turning from that ungodly lifestyle of worldly living will result in the opposite of prison, which is faith and freedom in God.
Did you know the Bible called Moses and all the children of Israel out of Egypt, and that Egypt is a type of the world? God called them out of that environment to save their souls, knowing that a society that did not depend on God would rub off on the children of God. He knew that no real faith could be built living an unholy life.
The pull of a worldly lifestyle in prison is strong, and all kinds of temptations come left and right, constantly trying to rob us of faith and keep us in the wrong mind-set. The pull to just throw God away and go back to the worldly way of thinking might come through our own brethren influencing us to find fault with the body of Christ, or even our own lust of the flesh enticing us to commit sodomy. However, we do not have to throw God away and go back to Egypt with the garlic and onions just because we are in prison. We are still children of God. We are still filled with God’s Spirit, which gives us power to deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts. The Bible says God will not put more on us than we can bear, and that includes the time we spend in prison.
You know, Joseph went to prison and kept himself from the world, and he built up his faith while he was in there. If that is not the case, then how is it that God delivered him out of prison and exalted him to rule the land? It certainly was not because he spent all night gambling, gossiping, tale-bearing, and sodomizing. His faith caused his release. Joseph answered God’s call to live HOLY in his heart, and because of that, he found favor with the guards and had the desire to help others with their problems in spite of his own.
David said, “If I make my bed in hell, thou art there.” If prison isn’t a type of death, hell, and the grave, then what is? David found himself in worse situations than the ones prisoners are in today, yet he did not toss God to the side for the pleasures of sin. David prayed! He never quit calling out to God. Though he may have staggered and stumbled, he got up, dusted himself off and went right back to serving God in his heart. He was not willing to allow his surroundings to become an excuse to not live clean and holy.
God has called us to be a separate people, especially in prison. He has called us out of the world and called us to a life of holiness – a life of prayer and clean living. Why? Because God wants you out of prison, more than you want out of prison. The Bible says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God said that He wishes for none to perish. God’s desire is for you to be out of prison and home with your family, which is why He has called you out to a life of HOLINESS. God wants your faith increased. It is by faith that you will be set free. When our spirits are filled with faith from living right and staying out of the mind of the world, we have the liberty to use that faith to move mountains out of our lives, even our prison sentence.
Holiness Unto The Lord