after a long evening of expressing my born again Christian views with some family members, i couldn’t sleep. the discussion was playing over and over in my head to the point of forgetting how words came out & how they were expressed…looks on eachothers’ faces. i was dead tired when i got home…but this was bugging me and kept on until a few minutes ago. i decided to ease my mind and read the Bible…well it’s like a Bible. picking up where i left off. at one point just flipping the pages i stumbled upon a page…
From Women of Faith The Message: sorry if i’m giving the lines wrong!
Acts Chapter 7 verse 51-53
“And you continue, so bull-headed! Calluses on your hearts, flaps on your ears! Deliberately ignoring the Holy Spirit, you’re just like your ancestors. Was there ever a prophet who didn’t get the same treatment? Your ancestors killed anyone who dared talk about the coming of the Just One. And you’ve kept up the family tradition-traitors & murderers, all of you. You had God’s Law handed to you by angels-gift wrapped!- and you squandered it!”
the people went wild and rioting catcalls and whistles.
But Stephen , full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed-he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side.
He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open & the Son of Man standing at God’s side!”
The mob drowned him out & dragged him out of town to pelt him with rocks. The ringleaders asked a young man named Saul to watch them hit Stephen with rocks.
59: As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”-his last words. Then he died.
i’ve been told before that God speaks to you in different ways. i’m not sure the full story of this chapter…or ACTS for that matter. but found it odd to stumble on those verses after tonight’s..well last night’s events.
still haven’t made it to sleep. but i know that God was there during this particular discussion. i found it funny that the days before i couldn’t remember the first line in the “serenity prayer” until the very night before confronting my family. “God grant me the SERENITY to accept the tings I cannot change.” i remember that night it just popped in my head i looked to the sky & was like “oh really dude! NOW i remember” and smiled at His humor.