“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!"
This made me think about how my mind and heart works. I am so thankful for what God has done for me, but I want to make sure I continue to grow so much that nothing keeps me from listening to the Holy Spirit and living out what He shows me. When I read what Stephen says about resisting the Holy Spirit it makes me see where I need to work and be a better listener.
I love what it says in the beginning of Acts chapter 6 verse 8, "Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people." He was locked in to what God had for him and people knew it, he didn't hide his passion for what The Lord had for him. When we can surrender our will and our worldly desires and we continue to read and pray the Holy Spirit is what we focus on and we feel the strength from The Lord. The world won't slow down so we have to feed ourselves with the same speed the world is going so we keep up with all that happens in this world. We can't be worried about what to do we need to know what to do because we are one with Jesus and living out what He teaches.
It's not just certain people that can have what Stephen had, God has made it possible for everyone who wants it. When we seek we will find and when we find we shine and when we shine people don't see hypocrisy they see Christ in us. I love this next verse in Acts chapter 6 verse 15 which says, "At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s." He shined because he was fully surrendered and living not to please himself but glorify The Lord. We need to pour in so much that we react the way Jesus would no matter what happens to us. When we do this we can say and believe what Paul says in Philippians chapter 4 verse 13, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." When we remember He is our strength we can rest and know we are good. Amen