Acts Chapter 7

40 Days of FIRE – Day 34

Stephen becomes the first recorded person to be martyred for the Christian faith. In prayer today, give God thanks for the courageous souls throughout history who have suffered so we might know Christ. Pray also for believers today who Go Faithfully risking their lives for Christ around the world.

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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Acts 7

Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.

And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.

12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.

14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,

16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.

19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.

20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:

21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.

22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:

25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?

27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?

28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?

29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.

30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,

32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.

34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.

45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;

46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

47 But Solomon built him an house.

48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

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46 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 7

  1. Verses 55-56 MSG “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!” Verses 59-60 MSG “As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”—his last words. Then he died.” This chapter shows how Stephen, being full of the Holy Spirit only had eyes for God and he felt such a passion for souls as to ask God to forgive the very ones who were taking his life (so they thought).

    This Memorial Day let us remember Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Let’s GO.

  2. 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
    3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
    4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

    Never forget your beginning, before Jesus transformed your life, or what your life would be like had Christ not been in it. It can keep our faith in Christ during times when God may seem silent to us. To always remember that when trials come, we still have the same Lord and Christ that delivered our sin sick souls from bondage into his kingdom. There isn’t one record of God abandoning his people, we must always remember where we came from
    To have humility that without Christ we would still be in the world, still in bondage, to treasure it deliverance in accordance to whom we serve. Let me never forget who I was in the world and how I was delivered. Praise God

  3. We are stewards of all that God placed within our hands and the Bible declares that a hallmark attribute of a steward is that they be found faithful. We often think of stewardship today only in respect to our finances, but in biblical times the connotation goes much further. Joseph would declare that there was nothing his master had not placed in his hands save the sacred vessel of his wife. He trusted Joseph with everything that he had and all of it prospered.

    If we consider our walk today, the same is true of our own lives… all of it has been placed in our less than always capable hands. What we choose to do with it has been left entirely too ourselves… but just like a biblical steward we will one day have to give an accounting of everything we did.. or didn’t do with what God has blessed us with. That goes much beyond our temporal financial blessings to the very time and talents that God has truly blessed us with.

    Stephen goes on a lengthy discourse to remind the Jews of where God had brought then from and what he expected of his people… something we receive when we regularly attend the house of God. An important aspect to remember is that we’re in a covenant with God. A covenant is something that requires a commitment from both parties… and each party is expected to be faithful to the covenant. We know that God has been faithful, and it continues to be proved time and time again… our charge is to be faithful ourselves in everything we do!

    That is why whatsoever we do in word or deed, we do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. That is why whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, we should do it with our might. That is why we are able to truly the world upside down… one soul, one life, one family at a time, and it begins with the person we look in the mirror every day. If God doesn’t have that place in our own life, why would we expect to make that kind of difference in anyone else’s life? And rest assured, the enemy is more than willing to remind us every time we strive to do something for God of every failure in our commitment to God. That’s why even faithfulness is learned and built upon one step at a time.

    Before we allow a past failure to slow us done, just consider the example Jesus gave of forgiveness. If he is our perfect example and will always go further than we can on our own.. his expectation of our forgiveness to one another was seventy times seven in a single day. That means regardless of what the enemy may say to discourage us, God will always be there to forgive! So we repent and go on and strive once more to be faithful! Each step requires effort but each step is easier than the last. One day we recognize we aren’t faltering nearly as much as before and we strive to further again… going faithfully with God!

  4. Stephen was so noble and bold, even as persecution came he continued to speak truth and what he saw and believed. Makes me wonder how some of us would react and respond, how I would. We can all say we’d be as noble as Stephen but truth is, you don’t know until the situation rises. This is why we must pray for every authority to stand boldlyrics for truth, and we ourselves also need to keep ourselves strong by encouraging one another.

  5. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

  6. ““Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now go, for I am sending you back to Egypt.’ “So God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected when they demanded, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ Through the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush, God sent Moses to be their ruler and savior.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7:33-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  7. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    An attitude of forgiveness is what Stephen displayed even as he was being stoned to death. The flesh thinks how is this possible, but he was FULL of the Holy Ghost, which made it possible. We must have that same attitude of forgiveness in this day and time because of fences will come.

  8. Acts 7:54-60
    54) When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.”

    “They were cut to the heart.” This part of the verse made me think of Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
    The Word of God is quick, powerful, sharp, and a discerner. So when it pierces the heart, people will either receive it, or they will reject it.

  9. CHURCH ON FIRE = DISCIPLES ON FIRE

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    The glorious result of being on FIRE is not that we are delivered from every test and trial that comes to us, but that we are equipped and prepared to respond to or endure each trial.

    The FRUIT of the FIRE in Stephen was the fact that he called on the name of JESUS and he forgave his persecutors. The nautaral response of DISCIPLE ON FIRE is to forgive and not begrudge and criticize.

    The FIRE and wisdom of Stephen was the fact he did not want his final words to be words of cursing and judgement but of mercy and forgiveness.

    The CHURCH ON FIRE and the DISCIPLE ON FIRE will bee quick to FORGIVE.

    How QUICK should we FORGIVE?

    With the very same speed and intensity that we desire to be forgiven.

    Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
    26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

    If we are a CHUCH ON FIRE we will be ready to FORGIVE. Stephen had no time to waste with a grudge. We are wise to take the same approach. We have no time to waste with a grudge.

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  10. 2 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

    23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

    Take advantage of where God has placed. Moses learned all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was able to use that knowledge in leading the children of Israel out of bondage to the Canaan land.

    We should be good employees, learning and applying what we are taught. We should be good volunteers in ministry, learning and applying what we are taught. You never know when you will need to lead a ministry and be able to put to use the principles you have learned.

  11. Calling Upon God

    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    Lord I pray that I too would be able to call upon You as Stephen did. Knowing that You are our strength, courage. There is nothing greater than someone who has given their life for the Kingdom. I pray my courage will be unwavering in the face of adversity and that no matter what comes that I will continually call upon You. Thank you for the word and for all who have made a great sacrifice. I pray for those who are hurting today who have loved ones that have been or were persecuted for the Gopsel sake.
    His Strength Is Perfect

  12. Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this,he fell asleep.

    Stephen’s prayer demonstrates that he was speaking the truth in love , not in malice.

    ” When good men die, it is not death, but sleep.” (applies to believers)

    We must have the mind of Christ so we may do the same.

    Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

    GO and have the mind of Christ

  13. When I read this chapter I slowly studied it . I realized all the chaos that was going on. But I also realized the light that was shining through the chaos . I love the book of Acts for three main Reasons
    1. It’s in the Bible
    2 . there’s miracles signs and wonders .
    3 . Day the of Pentecost and how they were truly saved.

  14. 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

    10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

    No matter the situation the Lord is who can deliver out of all our afflictions.

  15. Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these accusations true?” This was Stephen’s reply: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia before he settled in Haran.
    Acts of the Apostles 7:1‭-‬2 NLT
    Stephen tell them about the goodness of God and all the wonderful works he done

  16. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    Being filled with the Holy Ghost is such a beautiful thing! You will see things you’ve never seen before, feel things you’ve never experienced before, endure things you never believed you could, have a new love for people, and have a desire to walk right, talk right, and live right!

  17. 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

    DELIVERED!
    God can do it all. Just believe and you shall recieve

  18. I Love To Worship The Lord
    1-53
    Steven makes an inspired defense drawing on scared history to demonstrate the persistent rejection by God s people of the agents of salvation sent by him. Then Stephen applies his history lesson. Israels resistance has culminated in the councils muder of Gods Righteous One the Messiah
    I AM REALLY LOOKING FOWARD TO THE REMANING DAYS OF ( 40 DAYS OF FIRE) FOR MY SELF I AM PUTTING 100% IN TO EVERY ASPECT OF DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD I TRULY BELIVE GOD IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING IN THE BODY OF THE PENCOSTALS OF FORT WORTH THAT WILL BLOW OUR MIND I ENCOURAGE EVERY PERSON TO PUT 100% LET SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ARE UNIFIED
    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!
    REMEBER FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER IT HAS BEEN ALSOME

  19. Acts7:55 ( In today’s English Amp) But he, full of the Holy Spirit and controlled by Him, gazed into heaven and saw the glory ( the spiendor and majesty) of God’s right hand ; 56- And he said, Look! I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at God’s right hand! Being filled by the Holy Ghost is a great experience. You will want live right, To walk right, Also you will talk right. Learn to love people right. And to a grow a deeper relationship with God. I’m still learning diffents thing’s from God.

  20. iLove to Go Blog
    5“But God gave him no inheritance here, not even one square foot of land. God did promise, however, that eventually the whole land would belong to Abraham and his descendants—even though he had no children yet.

    This scripture should be the end of the Jewish and Palestinian Conflict. God gave the land to the Jewish people. If folks actually believed in the Bible, they would not take the side of the Arab people but would be the friend of Israel.

    The land of Israel will be a point of contention for the simple reason that the enemy always fights the promises of God.

  21. ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is my footstool.
    what house will you build for Me? says the Lord,
    Or what is the place of my rest?
    Has My hand not made all these things?
    How beautiful and powerful Stephen described the salvation and the power of God. Boldness and power were his words. I prayed for boldness and knowledge to preach the gospel to people surround me, In Jesus name!

  22. Lord Jesus baptize our minds and our souls with your Spirit that we might be filled and endure in times of adversity.

  23. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Stephen was a man who’s faith we should all envy. He had the spirit of forgiveness so strong in him that even while he was getting stoned for telling the truth he prayed God forgive them! He was full of the Holy Ghost and was able to act in the spirit instead of react in the flesh. We should be full like Stephen so we will be sensitive to the spirit and not obey the lust of the flesh.

  24. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Stephen didn’t want God to punish the people who were stoning him to death. God uses us to shine for him just like Stephen I would give my life for Jesus no matter the cause.

  25. So you want to die for a cause!?

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
    56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
    57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
    58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
    59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    I this generation, we want to stand for something. “People’s rights”, “Animal Rights”, the right to choose, between having a baby or killing one. There are many things that we can choose from to stand up for. Yet, so few choose to stand up for God. We say that we will die for what we believe in. But would you die for an animal, or the right to choose to kill an innocent baby? Would you die for that? People have chained themselves to trees; lit themselves on fire; and even walked in front of a military tank. All because they believed in their cause. Now going to today. Did you know that there are at this moment people dying for the name of Jesus? Yes in our world today we are seeing that which has happened before in the bible, happen in our time. Do to the so called, Peaceful, religion of Islam. What is it going to take for us to realize that we need to be on our hands and knees, and pray for our brothers and sisters in other countries. We need to get off of social media, stop play with fidget spinners, and stop worrying about our next relationship. And get focused on what God has in store for us. How are we going to reach the lost in our city? How are we going to grow our ministries, if we are so concerned about what our next project is. As we read in the scripture we see that Stephen was teaching the truth. Yet they did not like what he was teaching. So they stoned him. Are we willing to die for the Cause of Jesus Christ?

    #GOdosomething

  26. 40

    For 40 years Moses learned the ways of the. Egyptians. For 40 years Moses was a stranger in Median. For 40 years the children of Israel wondered in the wilderness.

    Each transition in Moses’ life brought challenges but Moses had purpose seeping from his pores. In times of fear and uncertainty he made bad choices but he often learned from mistakes and kept listening for the voice of God. We must be willing to do the same.

  27. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    Even though they were persecuting Steven he were praying for them while he was dying. What an great example how to be to your enemies. Instead of trying to get even with them, show them kindness and pray for them .

  28. Josiah: 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
    “lay not this sin against their charge” They stoned Stephen and yet before he died he asked God not to count it against them. He did not try to get revenge but stayed the Christian example. He did not have to ask God to forgive them but he turned his cheek the other way. The fact that Stephan asked God to “lay not this sin against their charge “really stuck out to me. The heart of Stephan who worried about the people who were stoning him having more sin against them is truly incredible. I pray that I always seek God for all those souls that may wrong me and have a forgiving heart and be a true Christian example. LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE YE THE LORD! HALLELUJAH! THANK YOU JESUS!

  29. True trust

    3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

    When Abraham left on his journey Hod didn’t tell him where he was going. We have heard this preached everyday you can think of. But my mind goes to our man of God. Sometimes he is lead by the Holy Ghost into a journey where God hasn’t showed him anything but the first step. Pastor shouldn’t have to explain everything to his sheep. They should just follow. I tell my kids all the time if I say move, move first and ask questions later…. your life could be in the line. Real trust comes without explanation. Abraham trusted God enough to GO without knowing. We have a chance to set our generation up for the same blessings of Abraham if we would just GO, doubting nothing, full of faith and the Holy Ghost. Pressing on into a place we have not seen before will come with sacrifice just like Abraham but God will stay our hands when the time is right, until then let us PUSH, pray until something hung happens, and GO!

  30. “As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7:59-60‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This is true example of forgiveness. There will be times in our lives that we will have every excuse to hold a grudge but the right thing to do is just forgive and move on. We don’t gain anything by holding a grudge. We will just harm yourselves.

  31. 39 But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt.

    This goes to show even someone goes to church and is lead by the man of God, that person still can reject the man of God. They play the part of church goers but aren’t in unity with the church.

  32. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    It is encouraging to see that Stephen even at the end of his life still turned to show the love of God! Stephen’s desire for them to know the love of God was so great that even when he was being killed, by them his desire was for God to not hold the sin against them. It is this kind of love that I need to be showing to everyone around me. No matter what people in this world may say, I can just show them the love of Christ in return. As Jesus said, we need to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We may never know what kind of testimony our responses to situations may show those in the world how much the love of God is truly a part of our lives. Even in the tough times we need to make sure our lamps are burning bright! I need to GO and share the love of Christ to all those around me!

  33. 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
    51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
    52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

    These verses caught my attention because, they show that what God likes to use the world resists. Israel was a testimony of this resisting as Stephen testified. Show that God seems to delight in using what the world disregards from Moses, to his prophets, to the chief cornerstone which was also discarded. May I live a life that the world disregards, but God regards.

  34. ““You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭7:51‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We are blessed to make our lives how we want them, in the United States. We can follow our fathers foot steps and be a telephone man, or we can go to college and become the next millionaire. That’s the key, it’s a choice.

    Same in the spirit we can choose to follow a carnal father down the path of wickedness. Or we can turn and follow the Heavenly Father down the path of righteousness.

  35. Acts 7:57-58 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

    Is your courage a witness?

    There are so many do good people that, do good deeds and are just good people. All of these things are good to do but they are in them selves selfish. How is it? Because they bring the individual praise and admiration for his good acts.

    So isn’t it a good thing to preach the good news? Isn’t it good to tell people about Gods plan of redemption for mankind? Just like in the New Testament times and today, you can be dragged out to a pubic area and be whipped, stoned, and even killed for the gospel.

    All of these things were the driving mechanism in Paul, who was Saul at that time. All those people that he took apart of in there incarnation, punishment and death, had a powerful effect on his attitude when he was converted.

    The tenacity that we exert in our service to God is usually equivalent to the hell God saved us from. So don’t be afraid to stand up for GOD, there might be a bystander that will be affected by you.

  36. 46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

    47 But Solomon built him an house.

  37. He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.
    Acts of the Apostles 7:60 NLT
    http://bible.com/116/act.7.60.NLT

    This is exactly what Jesus was talking about. Forgive those that come against you. This is also what Brother Shatwell preaches is to pray that the LORD not charge those that have come against you

  38. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep

    As a nation we are blessed to have the liberty to go to church and worship our true saviour without being tortured or stoned. We don’t have to hide here to worship and praise our King. Were not forced to worship a false God. We have the liberty to praise Jesus Christ. We must take advantage of this opportunity right now and spread the gospel. Were not being killed because we do outreach. We don’t have to hide in inviting people to church. We don’t have to build our church underground. We are blessed and must reach every soul that we can for his Glory!!!!

  39. Lot’s of “40’s” here….

    When Moses was 40 is when he ran for his life away from Egypt. 40 years later is when he found the burning bush.

    30. Forty years later, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to him in the guise of flames of a burning bush. Moses, not believing his eyes, went up to take a closer look.

    I am looking for my burning bush. I want to hear from God on some situations in my life. What are you looking for out of these 40 days of fire? While I have not ran from my responsibilities and hide in the desert, I still need God to move in my life. Moses didn’t even ask for the encounter with God. It was God who reached out to Moses and sent him back to Egypt. Moses was not looking for God on that Mountain. The Bible does not say he was in daily prayer for the enslaved Jews in Egypt. Likely, he thought about them, maybe even prayed for them. How much more is God willing to hear our earnest and fervent prayers during these 40 days?

  40. In Stephens boldness he basically teaches the high priests a bible study. He speaks it without apology. His final accusations bring some tough words. We have to remember, diplomacy and careful sensitivity is not what Stephens life is about. The problem is not in the words he speaks but in the hearts of the priests. Just like Jesus, Stephen speaks the truth, and It costs him his life. He makes his message clear though, that the history of the Israelite nation reveal again and again their rejection of God. God seeks them and loves them but they keep running, refusing him. In Stephens accusers we see the same pattern. God wants to extend his grace, but instead of receiving it, the people respond by killing the messenger. His death sparked a revival that even the man that held coats Saul would soon be set on fire for the gospel.

  41. 30. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Si’ -na an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31. When Mo’-ses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32. Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of A’-bra-ham, and the God of I’-saac, and the God of Ja’-cob. Then Mo’- ses trembled, and durst not behold. I’ ve got a fire burning inside of me !!!! I Love you Jesus !!!!

  42. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
    Forgiveness is easily said when there is no offence,no persecution. Stephen showed that no matter what people do to you, you must forgive. He gave his life for this gospel.His very last words were asking forgiveness.He showed that absolutely nothing on this world is worth losing salvation and spending eternity in hell separated from Jesus. I pray that I can have that faith if I am placed into a similar situation. There is nothing in this world worth losing an eternity with my Jesus!!

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