Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia. None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.
So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, “We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God.” This roused the people, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council. The lying witnesses said, “This man is always speaking against the holy Temple and against the law of Moses. We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
- Acts 6:8-14 (NLT)
In this passage, Stephen was a man in the church full of faith and God’s grace. He was going about performing all kinds of miracles and signs and wonders followed him.
Know this. When God is doing amazing things in your life, there will be
some individuals that will be jealous of you and will say and do things that
are intended to hurt you!
Know this. When God is doing amazing things in your life, there will be some individuals that will be jealous of you and will say and do things that are intended to hurt you!
The lying witnesses against Stephen were telling the Jewish religious leaders all kinds of things to get him in trouble. Not all of what they were saying was false, it just wasn’t communicated in the correct manner; it made Stephen look like he was speaking against God.
Have you ever had people say things about you that seems like they are trying to harm you in some way?
It is really difficult to believe that individuals will do and say things to hurt people, especially, other Christians.
It seems like some Christains want to say and do things to hurt their own!
It seems like some Christians want to say and do things to hurt their own!
Sometimes what they say about you may be kind of true. Or, maybe it is something in the past that they bring back up just to hurt you!
I want to encourage you today. Don’t let your one start critics determine your daily outcome.
Don’t let those who may be envious of how well your life is going now that you have Jesus in your life determine your destiny.
Listen to what Jesus says about you!
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
- Romans 8:14-16 (NLT)
You are a son or a daughter of God!
That’s who Jesus says you are?
Abba, Father, means that when you need affirmation, you can crawl up in His lap so-to-speak and He will wrap His arms around you and confirm that you are His!
Shut down the voices that try to mess with your thoughts!
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to cast down every thought that is not of Christ.
Words do hurt!
However, don't listen to voices that try to tear you down.
You are who Christ says you are!
Words do hurt! However, don’t listen to voices that try to tear you down. You are who Christ says you are!
“At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s.” - Acts 6:15 (NLT)
When we determine that we are going to let the Holy Spirit lead us, no matter what people say or do to us, Christ will be what they see!
“Lord, its tough sometimes dealing with people whose agenda is to hurt you. It is so difficult to remain silent or express love to them.
God, help us to remain strong and keep our words from hurting back those who hurt us.
Jesus, we want to be like You. We want people to see You in us.
No matter what people say about us, we can be strong in You. Thank You for Your grace.
In Jesus name, Amen."