Meekness / Sacrifice of Praise – Release Power
The second missionary journey was proving to be every bit as strenuous as the first one. Would John Mark have been ready for such pressure if he had come?
How did Paul and Silas respond to these injustices? They had been humiliated, beaten without a fair trial, and placed in the deepest prison. The whole city was against them. “Many stripes were laid upon them” and their reputation had been ruined. For the good they had done, they were rewarded evil. Yet we cannot detect any anger, bitterness, or self-pity. Neither of these men were quitters.
Instead they were full of the Holy Ghost and joy. At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God. This response defied the fallen nature and Satan and released the power of God. In their release, God also released all of the other prisoners. Their blessing spilled over to everyone else.
Power is not released until someone suffers. This is the reason there is so little power in the Church today. When Christ suffered—“the just for the unjust,” God's power was released (1 Pet. 3:18). If we want to bring deliverance and life to our generation, we must be willing to suffer injustices. Many Christians refuse to accept injustices of any kind. If a spouse has been unfaithful, many will not bear the injustice of it but seek to retaliate by divorce. While the one is liable for adultery, the other is liable for a hardened heart of unforgiveness, bitterness, and hatred. Meekness is “a holy acceptance of our circumstances.” It means we bear the injustice, by grace. Then, as we offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving, God moves by His mighty power. This is the way Job defeated Satan in his trial. When he lost everything, he fell down in worship instead of rising up in anger. Job accepted
his “unfair” circumstances and offered the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Paul and Silas kept their own spirit free and then released all of the other prisoners when they offered the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in the middle of their unjust circumstances. This is not a nice theory. It really works! If you want to save your marriage, you will have to offer the sacrifice of meekness.
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