Fear No Evil Jesus Is Still Standing

 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up   steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55

Reflecting upon current events in the shadow of Acts chapters 6-7, clearly Stephen was neither first nor last in the massive blood pool of victims, even children, whom those in charge have dealt treacherously and unjustly.  Today, the heavy sound of far too many of our brothers’ blood is crying from the ground. Never-the-less the Lord’s voice resonates neither be fearful nor discouraged. Stephen knew what the Lord had done throughout history which helped develop trust that gave him courage in the mist of evil and death. You can also build faith that Jesus is standing, the Lord is the defense of your life ( Ps.27:1) even in the “valley of the shadow of death” Ps.23:4; habitually trust God. The Bible is essential to fortify faith. There is no shortcut; you will need to read scripture daily to have a sense of what God wants to do for His people. This is crucial for you to receive His word personal to you, your situation, local and global matters. Reflect upon current situations and events as you read.  Make sure to note causes and effects in the scripture (things that pleased or displeased the Lord). Next, focus on what caused matters to turn around.

Most importantly keep the emphasis on God while reading the word and continually praying. Stephen never allowed his focus to stray from the Lord. Even while they viciously, unmercifully inhumanely relentlessly stoned Stephen (a good guy, faithful guy, full of the Holy Spirit) trustingly he called on God saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”   Fortified with the word and a lifestyle of prayer, Stephen was so full of the Holy Spirit that he could see beyond the earth’s visual field into heaven and view what the Lord was doing! “… he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” Acts 7:55   Stephens’ perspective, on the evil the men were doing, was shaped by what the Lord was doing. What we see on earth certainly does not fully define God’s work or response. Everyone may not physically see into heaven, but Jesus assured that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth; He will speak what he hears and show you things to come. So my sisters and brothers in Christ, let’s go upward and obtain this triumphant perspective and victory, standing on the word of God.  “… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.… “ 2 Chron 7:14.-15     You will also see the Glory of God, Jesus is still standing!

Yours in Christ

Rev. Von Crigler

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