It has been a while since I last posted an Acts Study. I am still plugging away at reading through Acts, just not as quickly as I had started or hoped.
51d“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52gWhich of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law as delivered by angels and kid not keep it.” ~Acts 7:51-53
We continue to resist the Holy Spirit. We continue to persecute Christ through our actions. Nothing much has changed in a few thousand years. I imagine a time is coming when those who speak of Christ will again be persecuted like Stephen.
59And as they were stoning Stephen, whe called out, “Lord Jesus, xreceive my spirit.”
How often, in the midst of trial, do we cry out to Christ to receive our spirit? Big trial or little trial, we should always turn back to Christ to receive our spirit.
My wife and I have had our share of trials. I won’t compare to the trials others have faced, as we all go through our own, and at the time we are going through them, we think ours are the worst. I would like to say I called out to Christ at every moment, but that would be dishonest. Yes, at the most difficult times, I would like to think I did well in turning to Christ. But there were other smaller moments that I relied on my own strength and it probably made things go longer than if I had not.
Through everything we have been through, however, Christ has been faithful and see us through. It’s an amazing thing to look back at where we’ve been, stand and look at where we are now, and be able to see that indeed, Christ was there the whole time.