Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Acts 7:54 - 8:3

54 When the Sanhedrin heard this, they became very angry. They ground their teeth at Stephen. 55 But he was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked up to heaven and saw God’s glory. He saw Jesus standing at God’s right hand. 56 “Look!” he said. “I see heaven open. The Son of Man is standing at God’s right hand.” 57 When the Sanhedrin heard this, they covered their ears. They yelled at the top of their voices. They all rushed at him. 58 They dragged him out of the city. They began to throw stones at him to kill him. The witnesses took off their coats. They placed them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While the members of the Sanhedrin were throwing stones at Stephen, he prayed. “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” he said. 60 Then he fell on his knees. He cried out, “Lord! Don’t hold this sin against them!” When he had said this, he died. 8 Saul was there. He had agreed that Stephen should die. On that day the church in Jerusalem began to be attacked and treated badly. All except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly Jews buried Stephen. They sobbed and sobbed over him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. He went from house to house. He dragged men and women away and put them in prison.

How brave was Stephen. He just stood there and led them through their history pointing out all the various issues they misunderstood. And he was willing to take whatever happened afterwards. Everyone who was listening was so angry and offended but Stephen was connected with God and he knew that he knew that he was in the right place and doing what God wanted. Sometimes we can be so much braver than we think we are if we are doing what we are convinced it is what God wants of us. Its like it isn’t really us anymore. It doesn’t happen so often for me but I wonder if that is because I don’t ask God often enough what it is that He wants me to do.

Even when God h

as asked us to do something that is simple and isn’t going to offend people, its still an amazing feeling when we are orlistat 60 mg really connected with God on something. For example, if He asks us to speak to someone and just connect and love them and we are obedient then often the reaction can be overwhelming.

Dear Lord Help me to connect with you better and play my part in your plan more and more each day. Remind me Lord to ask you, to be interested in what is on your heart each day that I can help with. Help me to remember Stephen’s bravery and his willingness to do what you asked regardless of the cost. 

Written by Therese Manning

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