Acts Chapter 7 

40 Days of FIRE – Day 7

Day 7: Acts Ch.7. 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 suffered so we might know Christ. Pray also for believers today who are 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.

61 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 7 

  1. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 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.
    Acts 7:59‭-‬60 KJV

    Stephen stood for God against those whom he knew were want to kill the voice of truth in the past. He witnessed boldly, starting with a knowledge of Jewish history that he knew they could agree with, and then skillfully bringing them to a place of confrontation for their sin. He didn’t back down in the face of martyrdom, and God met him in his time of sacrifice. Moreover, Stephen never lost focus, and he continued to intercede for the Jews he had been witnessing to even as they were gnashing on him and stoning him. His dedication to God and his love for others showed that he had truly become like Christ. If Stephen can so emulate our Savior, then so can we.

  2. Verses 54-56 MSG “At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. 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!”

    2 Timothy 1:7 AMP says “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”

    We must not only be bold and full of faith like Stephen; but, keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 CEV “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side[a] of God’s throne!” Psalm 16:8 CEV “I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear.”

  3. When you tell people about JESUS who are resisted to it they will try everything to get you out. They are so focas on things that don’t really matter they resist the truth. These men felt guilty and instead of repenting and being baptized and being filled with the Holy Ghost they were mad and stoned him.

  4. 1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
    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.

    It is written in the Bible in multiple occasions where there has been a recap of the history of what God has done, whether it was Paul revealing his testimony or Stephen declaring the history of Israelites, or Josephs tellng the people what God has done to remove them from Egypt… It is important that we remember where God brought us from and what he has delivered us from, and it is just as important that we remember the ancestors that called before is and sacrificed themselves for the gospel to be preached and it is given us more liberty to reach people. Let us never forget those that have died and paid the price for the ability to preach his word. Let us not take it for granted and use the opportunity

  5. 7:6060. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud bounce, Lord, Kay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.🙏🏼🔥🙏🏼

  6. Acts7:46 (English Amp) Who found grace ( favor and spiritual blessing) in the sight of God and prayed that he might be allowed to find a see dwelling place for the God of Jacob. [ Psalms.138:1-5] Praise the Lord ! ( Hallelujah) Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, O you servants of the Lord ! You Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our , Praise the Lord ! For the Lord is good; sing praises to His name for He is gracious and lovely ! For the Lord has chosen
    [ the descendants of] Jacob for Himself, Israel for His peculiar possession and treasure. For I know that the Lord is above all gods. For I know that his love is great and greatly to be praise forever. I prayed that someone will receive it today in Jesus name above all names.

  7. “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

    Turning accusations.
    Those that sought to persecute Stephen threw accusations at him, but as he stood boldly he defended not only himself but God as well. They were the same kind of people that over the years we’re more worried about rules then relationship, but had no problem bending them. By the end of his dialogue showing them his honor to the Word he turns the accusation back on them, revealing their wickedness. The Holy Ghost reveals all things. Take heart in the Word of God. Let us stand boldly defending Your Word, Lord.
    Thy. Kingdom. Come.
    The Will be done.

  8. “For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    “Then said the high priest, Are these things so?”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭7:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Testimony
    His introduction to the testimony was supposed to lead him astray. Instead it lined him up to share what God had done. Sometimes what the enemy means for a trap is everything God needs for revival. Don’t just b closed minded and focus on the accusations that are coming at you, but keep an open mind and listen to how Jesus wants us to answer for his glory.

  9. Acts 7
    0 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.

    Total Fiorgiveness
    Total forgiveness is not asking God to get someone for what they have done or said to us. . “God’s going to give them what they deserve.” Why speak doom or anything but the mercy of God on those who have brought ioffences.
    Total forgiveness leaves the wound in Gods Hands. Stephen dying fior the gospel
    prayed that God would firgiveb them and not even give them a punishment for their actions . Are we true Christians if we cannot even forgive and there are many martyred believers who have died for the Gospel. We will see how even Saul who had part in the slaying of Stephen his life completely changed and who become so mightily used of God. Would this have occurred if Stephen had prayed “Lord lay not thus sin against them forgive them? Something to think about.
    Lord I pray my heart my attitude would and will be able to forgive and that whatever challenges come that I will remember the ones who have given up their life for you. ( I personally knew a former priest who was filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized at Bro. Fielding’s (AWC ) who was martyred fior the gospel.
    What a a true sacrifice many have given . We give so little and they have given all.
    His Strength is Perfect

  10. 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.

    Full of the Holy Ghost, He was enough like Jesus that he could forgive the ones that were killing him. That doesn’t leave us any excuses for un-forgiveness in our lives.

    Luke 23:
    33. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

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

  11. 39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

    You can physically stand in one place and your heart be in another but GOD has the last Word!!! It doesn’t matter what the situation, circumstance, Era or the state one is in, what HE SAYS GOES!!!HALELUJAH!!!

  12. 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 they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 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.
    Acts 7:7‭, ‬59‭-‬60 KJV
    Stephen knew that he would died but he want his last words to be Jesus Stephen all these story about how GOD change these men’s lives and turn them in to the great men in the Bible Stephen stood up with and teach the gospel the resent him and stone him people are going to resent the words but if you keep telling keep teaching someone will listening

  13. Acts 7:49-55
    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 Jesused, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

  14. 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

    But you don’t have to!! It’s just like the Merriman’s taught the children through their skit – you don’t have to follow the same path people before you have been on. Too many of our young people think they’re trapped whether it’s in or out of church. Truth is though, the decision is all ours regardless of what anyone before us did. I hope and pray every young person over this 40 days of fire, chooses for themselves, in their own hearts, to live for God!

  15. iLove the Kingdom

    Acts 7:8 KJV
    (8) 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.

    Did ya’ll see that? When I read this scripture it jumped off the page and smacked me right in the forehead! God gave Abraham the “covenant of circumcision”. Can you imagine God giving him the covenant of circumcision and he say, “Well people, circumcision is only the outward sign of what’s happened on the inside.” Or maybe something like this, “If you want to get circumcised you can, but it’s not necessary for salvation”. Can you imagine…No I can’t…But isn’t that what people are saying when they boldly declare that a person does not have to be baptized in order to be saved? Isn’t baptism compared to circumcision somewhere in the Bible? Hummm…let’s see…

    Colossians 2:11-13 KJV
    (11) In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
    (12) Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
    (13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

    Baptism is God’s new covenant with humanity. When God baptizes you with the Holy Ghost it means he is accepting you into His covenant. When you are baptized in Jesus name, it means you are accepting His terms of the new covenant.

  16. “”But the Most High God does not live in houses made by human hands. As God says through the prophet, ” ‘Heaven is my throne. The earth is under my control. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Where will my resting place be? Didn’t my hand make all these things?’ (Isaiah 66:1,2)”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭7:48-50‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    We serve such a mighty God that He is everywhere at all times and yet He desires to live within us. What a humble house for God to dwell in. We are made of the dust of this earth and yet we are the apple of His eye and He desires us. Let us not be so busy living life that we don’t make room for who gave us “Life”. Make room for God today. Seek Him first!

    “Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you. You have received him from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  17. THY KINGDOM COME
    TESTIFY

    Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
    Acts 7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
    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,

    Stephen found himself in an undesirable position in the flesh. But, as an example of how to “Seek FIRST The Kingdom of GOD” in perilous times. Stephen began to TESTIFY and FORGIVE even unto his final breath.

    We learn that if necessary our Love for JESUS will bring us to undesired positions in the flesh that we may TESTIFY in the SPIRIT. Pain, grief, sorrow, set back, set up, betrayal or sickness may all be a set up for us to TESTIFY of JESUS.

    As we draw nigh to the FIRE of The Holy Ghost over these 40 days, my prayer is that JESUS will help me recognize when I have opportunity to TESTIFY of HIS mighty acts, either from HIS WORD, HIS acts in others, or HIS acts in me or through me.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  18. 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

    Even before he took his last breath….stephen forgave them! This is a true characteristic of being a Christian and that is showing and giving love freely for all people. For some forgiveness is not in their vocabulary. It’s a shame, but, yet true.

    Jesus in these past months you have taught me to forgive truly and love in action. Thank you Jesus ❤❤❤❤

    If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
    1 Corinthians 13:1‭-‬8 NLT

    God has given me the victory!!!!! Hallelujah 💙💙💙

  19. 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.
    Acts 7:5

  20. VS 59-60
    I Love To Worship The Lord
    And as murderous stones came hurtling at him Stephen prayed Lord Jesus recive my spirit and he fell to his knees shouting Lord do t charge them with this.sin and with that he died

  21. 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.

    Moses At age 40, realizes the captivity of his people and he fleed after Circumstances. Then after 40 years of hiding God appears to him in a flaming bush. There is something about this” 40 thing”.

    God is trying to use 40 Days of Fire to cleanse us from ourselves and our own will that we may see the capiltivity of the people of this region in a new light. Moses grew up seeing his people in captivity all around him. Yet this day his eyes where open to truly see it.

    It is my prayer that God would enlighten me that I would not be ignorant to the captivity of the people of Fort Worth. That I would stand boldly proclaim His Word leading them into the freedom of His Kigdom.

  22. Our legacy as christians can be traced all the way back to the beginning of time. Peter began explaining the prophecies from the old testament to the new testament when questioned by the high priest. We have a great legacy, it’s not just a story out of a cracker jack box, but it is where we came from, what our forefathers fought for, what they endure to ensure that truth would live on. What will I do to see that truth lives on past my generation? Have I instilled enough truth in the lives of my children, and the next generation that the same truth will live on and not be distorted?

    Lord help us to cherish the legacy we have been given and allow truth to remain undiluted.

  23. ‘Who put you in charge of us?

    Moses, likely with good intentions, decided to insert himself into a situation without first praying or seeking God for timing or help. Things went south quickly. Later, in God’s time, things went as God intended. Even though Moses was chosen as an infant, he still needed to wait for God’s timing.

  24. 8 “God also gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision at that time. So when Abraham became the father of Isaac, he circumcised him on the eighth day. And the practice was continued when Isaac became the father of Jacob, and when Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs of the Israelite nation.

    I was listening to a message by Rev, Gaddy yesterday, and he mentioned how destructive behavior uncorrected will continue through generations. In verse 8 we can see that a covenant became generational. It’s apparent that what we do will become generational. So what are we doing?

    Are we producing a love for the word or a seed of discontent when our blog reminders go off?

    Are we exhibiting Christ through our everyday activities or is someone always trying to “cheer” us up?

    What we do today has the possibility of becoming a generational trait, so let’s ignite a generational fire that will spread to IMPACT this region!

  25. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

    Stephen gives a recollection of everything God has done, and he gets Stone, not for what he said but because they condemned themselves. You see if it were conviction they would of resulted in repentance but condemnation leads you to death. Stephen had no fear to die, for he knew his reward was to come. Yesterday the news were filled about a Pastor arrested in Turkey for “spying”. He can face death, there are some courageous men and women of God preaching and spreading the Gospel through out the world without any concern for their lives willing to lay it dow. For Jesus Christ our Lord. May the Lord Jesus Christ cover them with His shield of protection and may His Justice and Will be done in Kesus Name Amen

  26. 51 You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts in ears! You are just like your fathers: you always resist the Holy Spirit !
    52 Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him
    53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.

  27. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    It’s amazing how Stephen went straight to preaching after being asked a question. Stephen was always willing and ready to preach the truth of the gospel. For 52 verses he preached the word of God and declared truth to the people. This message eventually got him martyred but he was still willing to preach the truth. This should be the faith and willingness of all who minister the gospel.

  28. Acts 7:48, “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.”

    Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. God desires to dwell in us.

  29. (58) : and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

    Why did they lay down their clothes at Saul’s feet?

    According to the Mishnah the male that was going to be stoned must have his clothes removed at four cubits from the place of stoning. In Ezekiel, the adulterous ones would be stripped of their clothes and stoned by a mob. In other accounts they speak of the person who is about to die must be stripped of their clothes, but they do not speak of the witnesses stripping their own clothing. In ancient literature when someone removed their clothes it was a gesture that signified an impending act of violence and death.

    Luke mentioned people who brought gifts and laid them at the feet of the apostles which suggested veneration and submission.

    In Acts 8:3 it talks about Saul ravaging the Church and dragging both men and women to prison. This shows that Saul was in a position of authority and leadership.

    So why did they lay down their clothes at Saul’s feet? One can conclude that there was going to be an act of violence and death, and the order to have Stephen stoned originated with Saul.

  30. Acts 7:59-60 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.

    The more we are persecuted, the more others in ever increasing numbers embrace the faith and become worshippers of God through the Name of Jesus.

    The fruit of witness under persecution, even martyrdom,is now being harvested. The gospel born by Spirit filled Christians in Life. Death cannot stop it!

    Keep being Witness!

  31. 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,

    Sometimes that’s what it takes is for our hearts to be cut to receive what’s trying to be said through the man of God. If you can soften your heart then you can see where you need sharpened up in your spiritual life. When I think of pride i think of a brick wall with a bunch of dirt and stuff on it.
    Now you probably put that image in your head and you can see this dirty brick wall now. Well it’s like that because people have tried everything to get through this brick wall. Once you get through that wall then people are gonna be receptive to the Word. You gotta get through that wall first.
    Bless you in Jesus name

  32. 33-34 “God said, ‘Kneel and pray. You are in a holy place, on holy ground. I’ve seen the agony of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their groans. I’ve come to help them. So get yourself ready; I’m sending you back to Egypt.’

    God has heard the cries of the lost souls in this world and he’s sending us to go and help them find His salvation! We must build ourselves as a temple daily with prayer, humbleness, fasting, and his word to have His spirt within us everyday as we walk out into this world! It’s time for harvest and he’s readying us to be sent out there for revival!

  33. 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

    The enemy wants to keep you in a never ending cycle, to never break the mold and reach your full potential. But if we follow the path God has made just for us, we will break every cycle!

  34. “Our ancestors carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed according to the plan God had shown to Moses.
    Acts of the Apostles 7:44 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.7.44.NLT

    No matter what situation we are going through or what desert we might find ourselves in. If we always take the tabernacle with us the Lord will be there to lead us and bring us out.

  35. 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,

    To me the key words are ” They were cut to the heart” and instead of repenting they let pride get in the way, instead of realizing what they must do they wanted to get rid of the person that was showing them all of their short comings, so they kill him. Alot of times we get in situations where we have to take the high road and apologize for something we may have not done, and you can tell the condition of someones heart weather they accept it or they know their wrong and they blow you off! I have to not let the actions of others determine where I am with God. Lord give me the commitment to the truth that Stephen had.

  36. 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.

  37. We are stewards of all that God placed within our hands and the Bible declares a steward is to be found faithful. We often think of stewardship only with respect to our finances, but 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 hands. What we choose to do with it has been left entirely too ourselves and just like a biblical steward we will one day have to give an accounting of everything we did… or didn’t do. That goes beyond our temporal financial blessings to the very time and talents that God has truly blessed us with.

    Stephen gives a lengthy discourse to remind them of where God had brought them 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 willing to remind us of every failure every time we strive to do something for God. So before we allow a past failure to slow us done, just consider the example Jesus gave of forgiveness. 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 go further again… going faithfully with God!

  38. NLT 26“The next day he visited them again and saw two men of Israel fighting. He tried to be a peacemaker. ‘Men,’ he said, ‘you are brothers. Why are you fighting each other?’

    There are many times when brothers and sisters dont agree on something. We should discuss and come to an agreement. But never let a disagreement come between you and a friend, relative or spouse. Learn how to forgive and move forward.

  39. 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.

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

    It should be that the anointed preached word should provoke in us something pirck our hearts cause us to change.

  41. 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.

    Can you forgive those who through the stones?

    How many times have we gotten hurt? Over anything. Did they hurt you? If we want God to use us, then we have to go through the trials that are set before us. We must forgive like Jesus forgave on the cross. Thank you Jesus for forgiving us, that we may be able to forgive others.

  42. Josiah: 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.
    “but God was with him” This reminds me of that song “Take this whole world but give me Jesus” As long as God is with us we do not need to worry. It can be out of what some call our greatest tribulation or trial that we get our greatest victories. However I think of it as our greatest opportunities. Every trial we go through we can get closer to God. Pure gold first goes through the fire. Healing comes after sickness or wounds. Without something to be saved from there is not salvation. So, let us GO PRAISE the Lord for every trial, situation, or opportunity we Go through!

  43. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord, and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their cloths at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit . Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, Lord do not charge them with this sin. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

  44. This chapter very obviously shows how God cares for us. Despite all that may happen, God has it according to a plan. The children of Israel may have thought it was horrible that their children were being killed, yet without that Moses would likely have not had the opportunities he did that God used to lead and deliver His people from Egypt. Without Joseph being sold, Israel and his family may have perished in the famine that God used Joseph to deliver them from. Truly God is an on time God and it is very evident that our lives here on earth have a purpose. The things we go through, God can use for glory! Praise the Lord for He is loving and caring and truly awesome!

  45. 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?

  46. Joseph had went to Egypt and God was with him. So God will always be with us,wherever we go or whenever we need him. God cares for everyone on the earth, all shall fear the mighty powerful God he is our protection.

  47. 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.

  48. 18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.
    Even though Joseph was very successful in this world, a great & wealthy leader, his earthly fame did not last. Another king arose which knew not Joseph. How fleeting are our successes in this world. However, his record in heaven and preserved in God’s Holy Book shall be forever remembered as a hero of the faith!

  49. Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

    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.

    5 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.

    6 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.

    7 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.

    8 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.

    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.

    Stephen was charged as a blasphemer of God, and an apostate from the church; therefore he shows that he is a son of Abraham, and values himself on it. The slow steps by which the promise made to Abraham advanced toward performance, plainly show that it had a spiritual meaning, and that the land intended was the heavenly. God owned Joseph in his troubles, and was with him by the power of his Spirit, both on his own mind by giving him comfort, and on those he was concerned with, by giving him favour in their eyes. Stephen reminds the Jews of their mean beginning as a check to priding themselves in the glories of that nation. Likewise of the wickedness of the patriarchs of their tribes, in envying their brother Joseph; and the same spirit was still working in them toward Christ and his ministers. The faith of the patriarchs, in desiring to be buried in the land of Canaan, plainly showed they had regard to the heavenly country. It is well to recur to the first rise of usages, or sentiments, which have been perverted. Would we know the nature and effects of justifying faith, we should study the character of the father of the faithful. His calling shows the power and freeness of Divine grace, and the nature of conversion. Here also we see that outward forms and distinctions are as nothing, compared with separation from the world, and devotedness to God.

  50. 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.

    Real change happens when things die. There is no since turning back because it is dead now. It was easier for Abraham to move on after his father was gone. It is the same in our situations. Once it’s turkey dead we move on. We have to let some things die in this fire so that we can move into the place that Fid has prepared for us

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

    I have found with several elders, and even youngers too, that they think that because it was good enough for their parents, so it’s good enough for them… that’s why we are all encouraged to seek out our own salvation, with fear and trembling.

  52. v60 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.

    We must keep our eye on the prize even when the Spirit’s work in our lives is painful.

  53. 32Saying, 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.

    Jesus is the God of all! As in our fathers, mothers , grandmothers and fathers. He has rule over all. No matter the situation I win. No matter the problem I win. Thank You Jesus.

  54. 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.

    The Lord hears every cry out that we send up to Him. He rejoices when we cry out and seek His face because there will be a day when He shall not be found anymore and people will then be crying out because then they would have no hope. I don’t understand how people would want to live without God, but that’s why He tells us GO AND COMPEL THEM!!!

    Compel-force or oblige (someone) to do something.

    We must get the people here one way or another! We have to go and look for them! We just can’t expect for people to know that we are here! We have to go knock, evengelize, reach, invite, and compel!! God is the only way!!

  55. 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 the first martyr of the apostolic movement, in his life, he was described as being full of the Holy Ghost. What he stood for he held onto in faith even on the verge of death. He spoke of the word of God and revealed visions God gave him even though he knew it would mean his life here. Stephen sparked a flame that became the catalyst to be set ablaze. The gospel took off in many nations like wildfire. Saul the man holding the coat of men stoning Stephen actually becomes Paul and the Apostle responsible for many books of the New Testament. Stephen asked God to forgive them for stoning him before he “fell asleep” what a heart of forgiveness even in a bleak situation.

  56. Stephen’s commitment by considering his words and sensing his attitude.
    He had the presence of God in his life, he based his commitment on a biblical foundation, he saw the error of past thinking, he kept his eyes on Jesus, in the truth, he maintained his perspective.

    Commitment moves past the mind and emotions and goes straight to the will. The ancient Chinese said that the will of a man is like a cart pulled by to horses, the mind and the emotions. We must get both horses moving in the same direction to move the cart. Commitment results when your mind and emotions move forward, whatever the cost.

  57. Then they made an idol in the shape of a calf. They offered sacrifices to the idol and were pleased with what they had done.(Acts 7:41 CEV)

    The people of Israel thought that the calf that they made from scratch with there own hands would lead them. The people of Israel even offered sacrifices to this idol of theirs and they were pleased with themselves for what they had done.

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