Our Christian walk is not always easy. We go through trials, tribulations and persecution. We face opposition, challenges and hurdles.
The life of Stephen, the first martyr, is an example to us. He was filled with the Holy Spirit. Everything about him was different as a result. He saw things differently and he was filled with boldness. But his end was rough. But at the end, while he was being stoned, the Holy Spirit gave him the strength in this most difficult of battles and God came through for him.
Acts 7:59-60 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.
Even his suffering has become a testimony through all generations. How could Stephen die such a horrendous death with such a positive attitude and produce such a powerful result for the church then and now? Simply because he went through the most difficult time full of the Holy Spirit.
If we are full of the Holy Spirit, we too can face any storm and in the process our lives can be a positive influence on the world around us. So let the Holy Spirit come right now and fill you so that you can face the storms and still be a testimony and a witness to God’s faithfulness and love.
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