Daily Devotion 3/31/15

Acts 6:11-15 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

The phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” seems to be perfect for this situation. Stephen was doing nothing wrong. In fact, he was doing everything right. He was living his faith out loud. He was sharing the gospel message in an attempt to give others an opportunity to receive salvation and forgiveness. He was faithfully serving God, and this brought others to stand in opposition of his existence. This is not an isolated case. There are many occurrences within scripture, as well as throughout history, where this has happened. This doesn’t mean all Christians will be persecuted for their faith, but it does mean the possibility does exist. We should be ready.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that I could be tested, and give me the strength I will need to stand firm in my faith.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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