Lord, grant that I may become more involved in the healing and redeeming work of the Christian community in your world. Help me not to think negatively about the world but to see it with your eyes and always to remember the glory of Christ’s resurrection as the supreme event in world history. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for people in those countries where poverty and unemployment abound. Help them not to despair but to find ways to work hard to earn something that will enable them to eat and help them to hang on in hope. Help their economists and politicians to co-operate to bring more prosperity. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, let this Sunday be a day of glory to you. Prompt all who lead worship to structure their services so that whatever mood people are in when they come to worship, they will become supremely aware of God and his glory, Jesus Christ and his triumphant victory over sin and evil. Let your glory shine forth in all the earth. I ask in Christ – AMEN.
“They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 6:5 NIV
Those disciples of Jesus who experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit have a deep, strong, faith. They are not shaken or rattled by passing events. They are not disturbed or distressed by problems. They are not filled with fear by fiascos or frustrations. They are not put off by temporary difficulties or misfortunes. They trust God. Utterly. Completely. Always. Unfalteringly and unflinchingly. They are not swayed by doubts or undermined by superficial opinions or wishy-washy ideas. They build on the rock and not on the sand. Their eyes are fixed on Jesus.
That’s the sort of man Stephen was. Strong and immovable. That’s why the opponents of the Christian faith killed him. He died with faith and peace the hallmarks of his life.
The peace these serene disciples know is born of their obedience to Christ. They gladly abandon themselves to his will whatever the outcome might be. Sometimes when unthinkable trouble strikes them or sorrow smashes into them they may hesitate momentarily. Then they say, “That doesn’t matter, God is still on the throne and he will remember his own”. Come what may, God’s will and purpose are supreme. Deep down in their consciousness there are other realities beyond the ups and downs and passing alarms of everyday life. The supreme reality for them is the love of God which created and now holds the universe in place. When they look to the past they thank God for guidance and help. When they look to the future they look in hope. Their hope overflows and infects others. In all circumstances they are the epitome of calmness. Like Stephen they are full of the Holy Spirit. He gives them peace.
Trust God too.
Lord, let me experience deep peace.
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