KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 6:5 KJV “And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:”
We continue with our study of certain bible characters who walked under great anointings of the Holy Spirit. Stephen was called to serve food as a deacon, yet he became very outstanding among his fellow deacons. The bible made certain statements about Stephen. It said He is a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost. This statement speaks volumes. As a man full of faith, he was given to the word, studying to know it as well as yielding to its demands. Faith is a positive response to the word of God. Stephen was also full of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills those who fellowship Him. Scripture shows us one of the ways to respond with the Spirit. That is ” Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
Stephen was mightily used by the Holy Spirit to work great miracles. He took on some teachers of the law to discuss the law’s revelations about Jesus. Stephen has so much knowledge about the law that they could not stand his wisdom, so they raised false witnesses to accuse him, and stone him.
Stephen did not curse them when they stoned him. He rather pleaded forgiveness for them.
We see all that we have discussed what one needs to do to experience the anointing in the life of Stephen
- Selfless pursuit of the master to please Him in everything.
- Commitment to seeking his face and the knowledge of His word.
Among all that we have discussed one basic ingredient for receiving the anointing is a heart of great love for the Lord. Love would always cause you to make any sacrifice to please the master. May you receive that heart of love in offering yourself as a living sacrifice unto Jesus.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for your great power and love that you bestowed on me. I correspondingly yield myself in love and pursuit of you. Thank you for manifesting your anointing in my life.
THOUGHT: TRUE LOVE FOR GOD, ACCOMMODATES EVERY ACT, REQUIRED TO EXPERIENCE THE ANOINTING.
Acts 6:8 KJV “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”
Acts 7:56 KJV” And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”