What To Do When The World Beats You Down

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But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. — Acts 14:19-20

So what is stoning? Because clearly, Paul was not hitting a pipe with Jews from Antioch and Iconium.

Stoning was a biblical form of capital punishment where accusors would chuck large stones upon a guilty party until they were dead. It was a sentence for crimes against God and people for things like murder (Lev. 24:17), idolatry (Deut. 17:2–5), witchcraft (Lev. 20:27), and blaspheming the name of the Lord (Lev. 24:16). Stoning had to be corroborated by 2-3 witnesses, and then those witnesses were the first to throw the stones.

So Paul is being stoned for blasphemy, which is why he used to round up and imprison Christians. A little ironic, I think. And remember, Paul just got chased out of the towns of Antioch and Iconium, so these same Jews come down to Lystra for a witchhunt and lynching. And so it's a little laughable, but in Lystra, Paul goes from hero to zero overnight. One day he's a Greek god, and the next day he is a stoned Jew.

But I love this next part. It says these Jews dragged him out of town, assuming he was dead. And they leave him. But it says some of the "disciples gathered around him." Now I am not sure what they are doing. If maybe they are praying or are preparing to bury him. But then he gets up, goes back into the city, and then onto Derbe, which was 40 miles to the east.

You know this gives me a lot of hope today. Here is why. Being a Christian and a man in today's culture is hard to navigate. Some days it's going to feel like you are on top of the world, and then the very next day, it will feel like people you think should be behind you are out to get you. But guess what. God will always vindicate the man of God. He will rise again by God's command. But this does not mean our bodies will not bear a few scars along the way. Scars that leave emotional and physical marks. But the man of God just gets back up again, and keeps moving forward.

ASK THIS: How are you being knocked down? (Share below if you dare!)

DO THIS: Get back up in the name and power of the Lord.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your strength to get back up again! Take my hand and raise me. Help me by the power of your Spirit to keep moving forward.

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What To Do When The World Beats You Down

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33 thoughts on “What To Do When The World Beats You Down

  1. Todd Ringness says:

    I was certainly knocked down when I received an invitation to a family Thanksgiving dinner (the harvest comes earlier in Canada and so does Thanksgiving… five to six weeks before the US.) The texted invitation from my sister included special conditions for those who are still vaccine hesitant: masks, no hugs, separate table.) We’ve always been a very close family and live near each other. But like many other families, a divide has formed and threatens relationships; and yes, I am very grateful that we still have some relationship! After receiving the conditional invitation, I was instantly tempted to cancel any involvement and make other plans. So obviously I needed time to seek the Lord and request prayer from my brothers in the faith… and once again He came through with His compassion and wisdom. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) I thanked my sister for her invitation and for making a way for us all to be together, and said my wife and I will submit to any conditions needed to ensure others physical and emotional health. Brothers… this is NOT me, but Christ in me. It’s the only way forward through all this madness! So be at peace, know that He is God, that nothing can separate us from His love, and that He will never forsake us… HALLELUJAH! ❤️🤗🙏🏼✝️ So grateful for Vince and this brotherhood!

  2. Larry Zito says:

    I am a Christian, I have been for almost fifty years. I am not happy with my life. I subscribe to many devotions. I am hoping yours will help me. Thank You.

      • Larry Zito says:

        Well I have been telling people for years that prayer was one of the most powerful forces in the Universe. Well I have had a constant problem I have prayed my heart out for years. It still.exists. And I can do.nothing about it.

  3. Dennis says:

    I have been knocked down in my life , like many of us I am sure. But, I won’t stay down. I reach out to God for His strength. The old saying, what doesn’t kill me, will make me stronger! Praise God.

  4. Cory B says:

    I’m grateful I don’t feel or notice much pressure or like I’m being knocked down. Which is good, because I tend to do it enough on my own. I screw up and sometimes it can take a couple days to get back up. God willing, today won’t be that day.

  5. Eddie Ackerman says:

    physically exhausted from lack of sleep and exertion, riding my bike with, LITERALLY, two kids in tow to drop one off at school, then bike the baby back home only to hold him for about 80% of my workday from home. on the up side, I have gotten really good at typing one handed, as I currently am.

  6. J says:

    I feel knocked down at times by the men in our small group. As the leader, encouraging, challenging, begging men to trust God, to seek God, to surrender to God, I feel knocked down when some of our men refuse to discipline themselves, to stand up against satan and his evil attacks, but instead succumb to temptation and sin that entices and drags us away. Why? Because we have a faulty view of who God is, and actually what He wants FOR us…Freedom! Relationship! Blessing! 1 Cor 2:9 No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what the Lord has prepared for those who LOVE HIM! It’s not about being good for the sake of being good…it’s about having faith that takes action in my life because God loves me (every me) so much that He gave His only Son to die so that He could have relationship with ME!!

    Thank you for what you do Vince. Awesome job. I know that every morning you are going to be right there for us, pointing us and leading us to a closer relationship with God. Thanks, brother!

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  7. Steve McDaniel says:

    My wife developed COVID pneumonia and is in the hospital. I can’t see her and we need a miracle. It’s not good and I not only feel knocked down but stomped on too. She’s only 47, we have been married 25 years and have two teenage children. They won’t let me see her and she’s not doing well. This happened fast and I am struggling to het my mind around it

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    • Vince Miller says:

      Steve,
      I am praying right now, for sudden and complete healing from the only one who can heal. The Great Physician.

      God heal Steve’s wife right now. Visit her. Comfort her. Completely and miraculously heal her. God in your name, the only name who heals. Amen 🔥🔥🔥🔥

      • Steve McDaniel says:

        Thank you sir. I appreciate your support. I have been in discipleship and mentoring ministry for years and I enjoy reading your devotions. When walking men through crises, I have always established the foundation of God being in control and faith in the outcome, but I am also honest about helping understand that even though that’s true, it doesn’t make the moment easier. I also help them understand that it’s not wrong and there’s no shame and guilt when the confusion of the circumstances don’t line up with the faith. It’s always better to be honest with God than ignore raw emotion.
        My wife’s name is Shelayne. We live in Nashville and have been involved in ministry for over 15 years. Thank you for circling her.

  8. Lynn says:

    I can knock myself down better than anyone else. I walk away to easily. Instead of confronting people for Christ I will sometimes walk away and pray for the situation, even knowing I should stand up for Christ.

  9. Walter says:

    Every day I struggle with trusting people around me. This doesn’t always knock me down, but psychologically it wears on me.

  10. W. James Anderson says:

    Well…a little complicated but my own Dad has beat me down. I’m not playing the victim or pointing all blame to him in our conflicts but there has been a huge misunderstanding on his part since high school-87. Heck, even earlier. This misunderstanding has spilled to the rest. His current wife of over 40 years had children from two previous marriages snd they had one together. Quite the blended family. This misunderstanding came into a more clear view for me in the last couple years. I was considering cutting ties with him. So far I haven’t.

    • Vince Miller says:

      God give Brian strength where he is weary. Lift him up and hold his character in high regard. Forgive him all his sin. Reconcile his sin and his wife’s. Provide clarity and understanding. Give him wisdom in what to say and not say. Lift his soul.

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