January 30, 2018: SOAP #2980:  Exodus 25-27; Acts 6 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 6:3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and […]

January 30, 2018: SOAP #2980:  Exodus 25-27; Acts 6

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 6:3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also, Philip
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)"Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Observation:    In verse 15, Stephen was on trial.   He would soon give his life for his faith.   False witnesses had accused him.   Before Stephen even said a single word, those present could read Stephen's face like a book.   And what a story it told!   His face did not show fear, or anger, or worry, or concern   His face gave clear witness to the condition of his inside; full of the Spirit and wisdom, full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and full of God's grace and power.

Application:    When I am full of the Holy Spirit and full of faith, wisdom, grace, and power"it will show on my face too!

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, help me be a walking display of your presence.   Situations that stretch me beyond my capabilities, never stretch you beyond your capabilities.   Help me to step out of the way and let you shine.    Amen

Pastor Leon
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