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Acts 7

Acts 7

“Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:58-60

At the end of Acts 7, it records the final end of the great Apostle Stephen. Some background knowledge on him: Stephen was one of the early deacons, chosen by God’s people. He was described as faithful, filled with the Holy Spirit, and he preached with fervency, even to his adversaries. Unfortunately, Stephen’s preaching circuit ended with a violent death: stoning. A monumental moment in his life was occurred during this time. While Stephen was stoned by his enemies, He cried out with his last expiring words, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

What a testimony! The Bible teaches us to turn the other cheek and pray for our enemies. In order to do this, we must possess the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit. How can we exhibit such mercy and forgiveness?

A message to the warrior: Perhaps you might not presently be under siege, but I can assure you, the battle is coming. When it does, we need to be sober minded, ready to take spiritual orders from our Commander. “May this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus,” to do the will of God, even in our greatest tribulation.