THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
-Acts 6:15 (NKJV)
Stephen was the man who had the face of an angel as he faced the elders and scribes with their false witnesses. What does the face of an angel look like? Possibly, it was the face of complete peace during a conflict which should have caused anxiety and anger. What gave Stephen peace when he was facing death? Like his Lord, Stephen was falsely accused, and when he was brought before the council, he had peace.
Take a look at Stephen’s character. He was described in Acts 6:5 as “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit”. When a glass is full of water, there is no room for air. Likewise, Stephen was full of faith, and there was no room for doubt. Most of us have faith some times, but at other times, doubt slips in. A person who is full of faith trusts God. He totally trusted God with his life and also with his death. Stephen proclaimed the truth without wavering because of that trust.
Stephen was also filled with the Holy Spirit. “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). While verse 8 repeats that he was full of faith, it uses the word “power” which is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit. Throughout Scripture, power and the Spirit go hand-in-hand (Acts 1:8, Acts 8:19, Rom. 1:4). It was through the power of the Holy Spirit that Stephen did many signs and wonders. His mind and actions were controlled by the Spirit. Therefore, Stephen was obedient, never giving thought to his impending death.
Friend, that same Holy Spirit lives in us. We can be full of faith and experience that very same peace as storms rage around us. God does not change. Put your trust in Him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Fill me with Your Spirit and increase my faith. Shower me with that same perfect peace when trials arise. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Read the entire account of Stephen in Acts 6. Search the Bible for passages which describe the power of the Holy Spirit.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Can you remember a time when you experienced complete peace when there was trouble surrounding you? Begin praying for God to fill you with faith and peace.
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.