Power to change

Posted by Ps. Jenny | | Posted On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Will God keep me safe and happy if I trust him and obey him?

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Acts 6:8

Stephen
was one of the seven who were appointed to look after the needs of the poor. But he didn't stop at that. Stephen was a great preacher. He worked miracles. He was "full of faith and the Holy Spirit." He trusted and obeyed God. Surely he had a great future ahead of him!

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Acts 6:9-15

But Stephen's preaching brought opposition. Stephen was arrested and - as we'll see tomorrow - was put to death. God didn't keep him safe and happy.

Don't panic! Not everyone who lives for Jesus and talks about Jesus is going to be put to death! But God hasn't promised that following him will be easy. You may have found this already at school. Perhaps you've been picked on by other kids. David Lawrence in his book The Chocolate Teapot has got some good advice for people being bullied:

  • don't give in
  • pray for whoever is picking on you
  • don't repay wrong with wrong.
Stephen didn't give in, he didn't repay wrong with wrong, and he prayed for those who attacked him.

THANK

. . . God that his Holy Spirit helps us to cope with difficult times.

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