A Long Gaze into Glory (May 24th)

God's Holy Fire

Verse

[Just before Stephen was stoned:]  But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

Acts 7:55 NLT

Thought

Stephen had been chosen to serve widows because he was full of the Spirit. He had spoken the truth of Jesus in the face of great hostility by the power of the Spirit. He had warned those who opposed his words not to resist the Spirit like their ancestors before them. And now, when the enemies of truth were about to stone the life out of his body, we are told an amazing truth. The same Holy Spirit who had shaped Stephen’s life in this world was now letting him see over the horizon of history and see the glory of God and the Lord Jesus in the place of honor beside God. The Spirit, our “Helper” and “Comforter” comes and provides encouragement, help, and comfort to Stephen when he needed it most. How important is the Holy Spirit? For Stephen, the Holy Spirit influenced, qualified, and empowered this man of God and brought him home to glory! May the Spirit do the same in each of us!

Prayer

O Father, be at work within me through your Holy Spirit. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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