God made us to experience everything life has to offer, including our feelings, and when not impaired, ALL of it will ultimately lead us to Him. So let's live as we were made by 1) feeling our feelings, 2) being honest with what's going on inside us, & 3) living out our freedom by letting go and letting God!
Paul and Silas travel to Berea, but not without some of the Jews agitating the crowds and causing a stir. Paul is sent to Athens -- one of the most idol-filled societies. Paul stands up and proclaims the gospel nonetheless. If he can do it, so can you! One writer says Paul was short, bowlegged, balding, with a big nose, and an eyebrow that resembled a dead caterpillar. What's stopping you from sharing?
Paul and Silas, fresh out of prison, head to Thessalonica. There they preached in a synagogue and convinced many to follow Christ, but not everyone was onboard. Some of the Jews were jealous and formed a mob, getting Paul and Silas thrown out of town.
After some rocking worship (literally), Paul and Silas are told they can leave the jail. Paul, however, finally reveals that he was whipped and beaten without trial and is a Roman citizen. What prompted Paul to keep this quiet until now when it could've been an easy get out of jail free card?
Singing in the Reign. We continue reading about Paul and Silas in prison, and how they chose to sing in the reign. Even though they were bound, their spirits were free! Have you found your song in that midnight hour? Have you put your hope in the Lord alone- do you fully depend on him?
Today we continue in Acts 16, reading about Paul and Silas in prison. When you choose to follow Jesus, you’re going to get beaten up or beaten down. When faced with adversity- rejoice! Satan has been beaten back by the beaten back of Jesus. Know that God is at work using everything you’re going through for your growth and maturity.
Paul and Silas are being followed by a woman with an unclean spirit living inside her. After days and much grief, Paul tells the spirit to come out of her. Everyone serves a master. Who are you serving today?