Saturday, April 26, 2014

Morning with Ebenezer


Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.  But one day some men from the Synagogue of Freed Slaves, as it was called, started to debate with him. They were Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and the province of Asia.  None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.

Acts 6:8-10 NLT

The Bible is talking about Stephen who is traditionally regarded as the first martyr of Christianity. He was a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem who was hated by various members of synagogues by his teachings. He was accused for blasphemy and stoned to death by the Jewish authorities while Saul of Tarsus (later better know by his Roman name, Paul), witnessed his martyrdom, a Pharisee who would later become a follower of Christ and Apostle.

This man Stephen was full of Spirit of God; He performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. The Bible also talks about the wisdom that He had; He would debate with elders of the Jews and overcome them with the wisdom that the Spirit of God gave Him. He was a good example on how a man full of faith can act before people who did not know God. He had a courage that no man could have if not by the Spirit of God.

We are living in the age that many of the Christians are powerless; many of us call ourselves Christian but we walk in weakness. We don't have enough power to resist temptations; we don't have power to stand for our faith. There are many powerful Christian leaders who have decided to compromise our faith for sake of having large congregations. There are some who have been water down the Gospel that they may have a chance to build their small kingdoms alongside the Kingdom of God.

This morning, I just want to challenge you to ask the Lord to anoint you once again by His Spirit. I don't know how you walk with the Lord; but deep in my spirit I hear the agency of you to be filled by the Spirit of God once again. It does not matter if you are speaking in tongues, you are seeing vision, and dream dreams or prophesy; you need the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Maybe you have a gift of music, you can sing and bring the heaven down here but if you walk in sin then your work is in vain. Men like Stephen walked with the Lord in power and died a glorious death while serving our precious Lord Jesus. You don't have to die in sin while the grace is still available to all who go to God with their repentant hearts. You don't have to walk in weakness while the Spirit of God can empower you everyday to face the chaos of that day and come forth victorious. Ask the Lord to anoint you today by His Spirit.

****Morning Prayer****

Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for your word. Lord I have been tired and weary with carrying heavy loads of this life. Lord I need the refill from You today; I'm asking that You may fill me once again with your precious Spirit. Baptize me once again with the power of your Holy Spirit that I may walk in the power and wisdom of God. I need You the Spirit of God, come to my heart and make me a new creature in Christ Jesus. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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