Boldness, truth, and grace!
Scripture reading for May 14th: Acts 7, Psalm 96, Proverbs 3
Key Scriptures: Acts 7:51-55 “”You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, Whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” Now when they heard these things, they were enraged and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the God.”
Stephen had the privilege of preaching the Gospel and declaring truth to some of the same crowd who had demanded Jesus be crucified. He did not back off, but was full of boldness by the Holy Spirit. But truth is not received by the proud and arrogant and they quickly became an angry mob with murder in their hearts again. In contrast, Stephen saw a vision of an open heaven and Jesus Christ standing beside the Father’s throne. As Stephen died, he prayed for their forgiveness as did His Lord Jesus.
Faith Confession: Lord, give me the kind of boldness and grace that Stephen had by filling me with the Holy Spirit. Help me to clearly preach and live by truth even in the face of unrepentant lost religious people.
Psalm 96:2-3 “Sing to the Lord, bless His Name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”