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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The Voice Of The Unexpected

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14 thoughts on “The Voice Of The Unexpected

  1. John Warner says:

    I just listened to the devo today with my best friend over looking lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan
    We love how your Devo’s are short but to the point and make us think
    Keep the Faith and Press On! JW

  2. Cory B says:

    As long as I can remember I’ve always been trying to “fit in.” I currently have all the things I thought I needed, but they are all material items and titles. And I still didn’t/don’t feel like I fit in.

    The truth is that since I’ve joined a Bible study and Vince’s Mentorship program, I have changed to a more serving attitude and I feel closer to God. (Most days anyway and when sin isn’t wreaking havoc in my life.) I am not trying to fit in all the time, rather I feel like I belong. It seems to me that with the Christian men in my life now is where I belong. Iron sharpens Iron. And that no matter what we have or don’t have, we all simply want to better men. Every day we want to be a little more Christ like. And when I fail, I know and have faith a fellow brother will help pick me up.

  3. Tim Harmsen says:

    Good morning, I like your messages that start with a direct scripture. We are looking for a scripture for a new building on campus , any ideas . Also every year we reevaluate our and who we support. What is your ministry plans , goals for the next year It is not a lot $500 monthly reaccuring for a year . Do you know jason Stonehouse?

    • Vince Miller says:

      Tim, over the next 15 years I want to produce a Bible Study series for every book of the Bible! James is the first. I would love to have your financial support for this project. It’s a lifetime project that I believe will provide discipleship worldwide. Let me know if you want to talk more.

  4. SHELDON Bullard says:

    Gifted , talented father just remind me that i am a child of and that whatever gift or talent i might posses it is from the hand of God.

  5. W. James Anderson says:

    All of us have that place where we fit. We may not realize that place. I’m not talking about our perspective but His, the larger one. I/We must let that larger perspective come into play. As He disarmed principalities and powers by the Cross and ultimately His Resurrection, we too participate in the dismantling ofthose same powers and principalities when we take up our cross and then let The Spirit work. Just a couple thoughts🌺💀🌺

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