“But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out...”

Acts 5:19

Margaret Nikol was born into a pastor’s family in Bulgaria. Her mother and father were mur- dered for their faith by the communists in the 1960s. Margaret was a brilliant violinist, and in spite of opposition she got an excellent education. She achieved fame throughout Europe and became concertmaster of the Dresden Symphony. But because of her faith in Christ, she was subjected to physical and emotional cruelty. Eventually, she was given a prison sentence—to begin as soon as the concert season was over.

But God had other plans. Margaret was invited to play in Vienna at an Easter concert in 1982. The communists repeatedly denied permission, but finally, because of outside pressure, they relented. “God was faster than they were,” testifies Margaret. In Vienna she requested political asylum, and no less than five free nations offered it! Today, Margaret Nikol travels all over the world in behalf of a growing ministry in Bulgaria.

The same God who delivered Margaret from communist oppression, and who sent an angel to free the apostles from prison (Acts 5:19), can also rescue us from whatever is holding us captive, physically or spiritually. We must never give up hope! God is our great deliverer.

The God who holds the universe is the God who is holding you. He will deliver you from all kinds of ‘prison’. He promised us in Isaiah 49: 24-25 that ‘…even the lawful captives shall be delivered’. In other words those who have been held captive due to their own faults shall be delivered because He is a merciful God and He will extends His mercy to all.


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