Busting Out by the Power of God
by Pastor John Hamel
hath no temptation [test or trial] taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted [tested] above
that ye are able; but will with the temptation [test or trial] also make a
way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
is a twelve-acre island, a rock actually, that sits smack in the middle of
Bay. It was used
as a Federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963. It was known as “Alcatraz” and was
considered to be “inescapable.”
“Alcatraz” means “Island of
inescapable prison was built of solid concrete and literally covered with
bird droppings known as “guano.”
Some people called it “Devil’s Island” or “The
by ocean, the current is so forceful that anyone who attempted escape would
simply drown and be washed out to sea.
For the most part, those who
were sentenced to “The Rock” resigned themselves to the fact that there was
absolutely no hope of escape. In their minds, life was over.
There was nothing to do but wait for the end. They were the living
this sound like your life?
Do you feel as if you are living your own
Does your life seem to be nothing
more than an inescapable prison covered with “guano”?
Do you feel
both disgusted by it and hopeless?
I would like to present you with a plan of escape. However, it is
imperative that you make up your mind to stop believing that escape is
impossible and that life is not worth living.
The Bible says that you
cannot possibly make such a hopeless mess out of things that even God can’t
bail you out.
The Bible says no matter how inescapable
and unchangeable it seems, God has a means of escape so that you may
be able to bear up under it.
God says that He has a way of escape, HE HAS A WAY OF ESCAPE.
prison may be physical or emotional sickness. It just might be
financial or family sickness. It may be school or job-related.
No matter how inescapable your personal prison may appear to be to you –
GOD HAS A MEANS OF ESCAPE.
However, there are three things that you
you must make Jesus the Lord of your life. Cry out, “To You, Jesus, I cry, Oh Rock of my Salvation.
Forgive me for this mess.” (Psalm 28:1)
By doing this, you become a
member of God’s Forever Family. (John 1:12) You now qualify for His
plan of escape. (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 91:14)
you must ask God, Who is now your Father, for wisdom.
(Matthew 6:6; 23:9) God knows what your problem is. No need to
rehearse the ugly details with Him.
Ask Him for the wisdom to see His
plan of escape and then start thanking Him for it, in Jesus’
11:24; John 16:23)
the solution will start looking bigger than the problem and you will begin
to realize that it’s not as bad as it first
appeared. It never
Jesus, your “Rock,” will deliver you from “The Rock,” your
Third, don’t forget Who bailed you out
when His plan of escape works for you.
Lots of folks have “used” God
to bail them out only to find themselves in an even worse situation later,
when they forgot all about Him. (Matthew 12:43-45)
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