Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 1, 2019

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:54-60.

“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.  But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;  and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse.  When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him;  and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul.  They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”  Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”  Having said this, he fell asleep.”  Acts 7:54-60.

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In today’s devotion, we will meditate on the power and love and discipline of Stephen shown in today’s Scripture and the rest of Acts chapter 7.  We will also meditate on the hope that Scripture gives us that we too can demonstrate such power and love and discipline.

First, we see a demonstration of power.  Stephen’s words “cut” them “to the quick”.  Verse 54.

Second, we see a demonstration of love.  Despite the stoning, Stephen “cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”  Verse 60.

Third, we see a demonstration of discipline.  Despite being falsely accused, Stephen recounted with great detail and patience what God had faithfully done for Israel and how Israel unfaithfully responded.  Acts 7:2-53.  And, despite their rage, Stephen also showed discipline in focusing on God.  Verses 55-56.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7.


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