Stripped and beaten
Acts 16:22 “The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.”
There’s always a group of people who can be fuelled for the wrong reason.
There are always people who want to pull down and not build up.
They are found in all cultures and churches!
Perhaps the magistrates looked and listened to the noise of the crowd and passed their sentence.
Paul and Silas were stripped of their clothes and became hugely vulnerable and then they were painfully beaten.
Friends, if you don’t want to be vulnerable, if you don’t want to experience pain then don’t serve God. That’s the life. That’s what you sign up for.
I’m thankful for what the mission of God has done for me.
I’m thankful for being stripped of all my security and ability. I’m thankful of becoming vulnerable.
I’m thankful of being beaten, of having any ego left within me taken from me.
I’m thankful for the pain that I carry in my body and soul.
Mission changes you because the enemy of your soul attacks you.
But we are a better person being stripped and beaten.
Sunday Christians gather fully clothed with their pomp and flair. They are not beaten in fact they may beat.
You see, friends, those who are stripped and who are beaten know the flow of the anointing of God. Oil from olives and grapes come from being beaten. There’s no other way.
Yes I am thankful this morning.