17 Apr 2020
Good evening, today’s reading is Acts chapter 7 and 8. Acts chapter 7 Stephen gives one of the greatest testimony of Jesus Christ. When you read it you can feel the passion and boldness that the Holy Spirit gave him. Stephen goes through the history Israel from Abraham before he was in Harran through to Moses and associates Jesus with Moses and as the Son of King David. Then Stephen accusations against the Sanhedrin made them angry by saying…..
Acts 7:51-53 NLT
“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!  Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One-the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered.  You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”
Then they took Stephen out of the city and stoned him. Chapter 8 introduces the persecutions of Saul to the church. At this time most of the believers were scattered through Judaea and Samaria, all but the Apostles who remained in Jerusalem. Persecution of the church was rampant during this time, but that did not stop the church from showing the world the power and miracles that Jesus gave them. You know the church today has a lot in common with Israel, they resisted the Holy Spirit and folks, many of us do the same.
Have a great day and remember what Ephesians 4:30 and 1st Thessalonians 5:19 says……
Ephesians 4:30 KJV
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 KJV
Quench not the Spirit.