THEME: AN OPEN HEAVEN
“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
-When Stephen confronted the Jews who treasured most their legalism through keeping the law and following after traditions, they were agitated. They knew it was true since they focused most on their outward circumcision rather than an inward conversion. He called them stuff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, which cut their hearts. Stephen was right but these bitter truths hurt them deeply and they conspired to kill him. Jesus Christ is then reveal standing to witness against Stephen’s accusers and to receive him into His heavenly kingdom. Stephen remained firm in faith and experienced an open heaven. A change of heart through rebirth and an obedient walk of faith is then important for every Christian which leads to an enhanced relationship with God. Many Christians in Asia and Middle East face persecution and we are called to pray for them. Even though we sometimes face trials and persecution, we should never loose faith in Christ Jesus for He is still on His throne and He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. All glory, honor and worship belongs to You Jesus. Only You are worthy to be praised and worshipped. Only You are our Salvation and Shield, our Deliverer in times of trouble. Every knee in heaven, on earth and under earth shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord; to the glory of God the Father. Secure all the persecuted Christians and ministers of Your word in Your arms of grace dear Jesus. Surround them with Your hedge of fire and protect them from any form of harm merciful Savior. Grant us the strength and grace to overcome every form of temptation and deliver us from all the snares of the evil one; dear Jesus. The righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all, thank You Jesus for Your saving grace upon our lives. Deliver all those who are undergoing oppression and all those who are homeless dear Jesus, and grant them rest. Be with all parents who are undergoing touch times and lack food, shelter, clothing, school fees and other amenities, that You may visit them with plenty like the widow of Zarephath. Bless us dear Jesus together with our families, and answer all our prayers and hearts desires. May Your salvation reach all our family members and descendants for the glory of Your name. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now, and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 24:9-10, Hebrews 1:1-3, Psalm 34:19
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