The Voice Of The Unexpected
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking... And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. — Acts 6:8-10, 15
So this is a surprising turn of events. Stephen went from being a member of the first church, to serving as one of the seven, to becoming a ministering, witnessing, debating, and a miracle performing giant like one of the twelve. And this happened overnight. And notice that his "wisdom and Spirit" were so great it left the opposition sucking their thumbs.
You know what I love about Stephen. He is not about to let a little opposition stop his passion or pursuit of God. But do you know what I love even more? He doesn't let his title stop him. He is a shining example (notice the pun) of a man of God who knows that God defines everything about him. He is so full of the Spirit; he cannot help himself. God completely consumes his identity, and therefore he is shining like an angel in a room full of devilish men.
I still believe that God uses men just like this. He uses everyday ordinary people like you to do extraordinary things. And he wants to use you. But for this to happen, you have to stop letting titles define you. You have to stop letting your career define you. You have to stop letting the opposition define you. And you definitely have to stop letting your past define you. You must let God define all of who you are. And as you act in obedience to this identity, God will meet you in the moments you need him the most. And who knows, his "grace and power" might leave you speechless and dumbfound the opposition.
ASK THIS: What titles do you need to leave behind?
DO THIS: Let God define all of you.
PRAY THIS: God, show me that I am redeemed, loved, accepted, and adopted child of yours. And then help me to live out of this identity today.
PLAY THIS: Who You Say I Am — Hillsong.
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