Have you ever wondered what your life would look like if you were so full of the Holy Spirit sent by Christ as our Comforter? How do we “live in the Spirit?” As always, the word of God has the answer.
Our Pastor Blake’s Pentecost Sunday message centered on Stephen in Acts 6 – 7 as he walked in the Spirit. When a need arose in the Christian community, the disciples chose seven among them who were “known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom,” (6:3) to meet this need while the disciples were dedicated to prayer and ministry of the word. Stephen was one of this group.
“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power,did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. (6:8)
What a stunning example of an ordinary man achieving ordinary deeds through the power of the Spirit!
When men tried to argue with Stephen, they couldn’t stand up against “the Spirit by whom he spoke.” (6:10)
What protection in the Spirit!
But they persevered. Soon, through lies against Stephen, they angered the people and brought Stephen before the Sanhedrin. Stephen was so in touch with and living in the Holy Spirit that, “ All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that
his face was like the face of an angel.” (6:15)
Standing against these sinners, the Holy Spirit shown through Stephen!
After Stephen rebuked them all for not obeying the law sent by angels and murdering Jesus, the Sanhedrin were furious and stoned him. Facing this terrifying opposition, “…Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to Heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” (7:55)
Jesus cared for and welcomed Stephen for his life in the Holy Spirit.
As he was stoned to death, Stephen prayed for Jesus to receive his spirit and not to hold their sin against his killers. A final act of amazing forgiveness in the Spirit! (Rev.Blake Heffner, 2017)
What a comfort and blessing to know that when we dedicate ourselves to Jesus Christ, committing to live a life in the Holy Spirit:
• Our ordinary lives can be so extraordinary
• We have the protection of Jesus and the Spirit with our adversaries
• The Holy Spirit will shine through us in adversity
• Jesus is watching and caring for us as proclaim His name to all the Earth
• Through the Holy Spirit, we will have the mighty power of forgiveness
I am so incredibly thankful for this message of encouragement in ministry, and pray that you are blessed as well. Hallelujah!