Beware of resisting the Holy Spirit!
Scripture reading for April 22nd: 1st Samuel 6-8, Acts 7
Key Scriptures: Acts 7:51-53 “”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 you fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have not betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.””
Stephen was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin for preaching the Gospel with powerful signs and wonders. This incensed some of the Jewish leaders and they had him arrested and brought before them. Stephen stood up boldly, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and addressed the same group of Jewish leaders who had crucified Jesus. He called out their hypocrisy and resistance to God. They were doing what their ancestors had done to the prophets who had told of Messiah and His coming. God was using Stephen to give this group another chance to repent. They hardened their hearts further and killed the messenger of God!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the Righteous One, foretold by the prophets and come in the flesh to save me and all mankind. Empower me to be a strong Spirit-led witness like Stephen to speak plainly to my generation. May none reject You as King! Amen!
1st Samuel 8:6-7 “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them.””