Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8
One of the most amazing examples of passion, integrity, truth and humility is revealed in the story of a man called Stephen, a follower of Christ on trial before the High Priest and the legalistic religious leaders called the Sanhedrin. The false accusations against Stephen would bring upon him the death penalty if found guilty. He stood his ground and boldly presented to these proud arrogant men the story of God’s grace through the ages… From the times of Abraham to Moses, to King David to Jesus Christ, he clearly presented God’s salvation plan for all humanity to these men of the old law. Unfortunately… the curse of pride and fear consumed the hearts of these so called righteous men and Stephen was dragged out into the streets and put to death.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:59-60
Stephen’s prayer was a beautiful reflection of the word’s Jesus spoke out as He hung on a crucifixion cross to die for my sins, your sins and the sins of all humanity. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34 ” And also the words.. “Father into your hands I commit my spirit” Luke 23:46
I pray that we can live out our lives with the same courage and passionate conviction as Stephen. That in times of trial we will stand on the truth we know and yet show mercy and grace to those who may condemn us as believers. Stephen’s story is an inspiration!! Be filled with grace and power! Believe for great wonders and signs among the people!
Never give up as you live out your passion for Christ.
Pictured: Even the Australian bush celebrates the colours of Christmas in this season
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2
Sorry for the one day delay in our weekly prayer points. I’ve been driving for two days straight. I’m tired, really tired and yet looking forward with great expectations to the days and nights of ministry ahead in Northern Queensland. We will be serving with precious friends who believe in the power of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit of God in broken people’s lives. I love it.
But the past week has been a tough week. One of the toughest, and we would appreciate your prayers. We are so encouraged by God’s faithfulness and his perfect timing. In God’s time we will share more.
All day today I’ve had some of those old hymns flooding my mind. Great songs that seem to sum it all up perfectly. “He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock”. When life seems to throw everything at you from all directions all at once just know this one absolute truth. Jesus is your rock of all ages and all seasons. No matter what is happening He never changes. The wonders of His love and grace will never change. When the storms of life oppress you from all angles He will hide your soul in a safe place. He will be your fortress and your strength when you have nothing on which to stand. The raging winds of condemnation and curse have no power against the eternal realms of God’s grace. We all fail at times and that’s why Jesus went to the Cross. We all struggle with doubt and fear and yet He has conquered all sin and death to bring us hope beyond what we deserve. It is a beautiful truth. His grace will be there when the sun rises tomorrow.
Thank you for your love and support for us as a family and for this work. We are so grateful that you choose to journey with us.
Pictured: He hideth my soul in the cleft of a rock.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
I am always greatly challenged when I think of my body as being a place of worship, as a holy place that God delights to be in. Yep… Like you, I know I’m only human.. and we have our failings, our weaknesses’ and our bad habits… And yet God’s spirit desires to live in us despite us at times. This in itself is a huge expression of His grace.
As I travel I come across many old cars and trucks along the way. The occupation I was trained in is spray painting and panel beating… or restoration. So when I see an old car out in a paddock I don’t see a wreck.. I see the complete, fully restored, fully redeemed classic vehicle it was made to be. Sadly, life and time and neglect have caused this old classic to become what it is today… a neglected wreck in a paddock.
But you and I have been called to be so much more than that. Read on…
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
Don’t ever give up on yourself. On who you really are.
He has so much more ahead for us.
Pictured: Forgotten forever. An old FC Holden let to decay out on the Barrier Highway east of Broken Hill.