Glowing in the Dark
Acts 6:8-15 says, "Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)- Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia - who began to argue with Stephen. But they could stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, 'We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.' So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They produced false witnesses, who testified, 'This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.' All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel."
We are called to Glow in the Dark.
Not to hide from darkness.
There's a big difference.
If we expect to overcome then huddling together like cowards in a cave is not an option.
How do you become a blasphemous-God-hater?
Stephen was called a Hater.
His opponents twisted the truth to fabricate lies about him.
Stephen's job was to take care of widows.
He was hurting no one. But his accusers said he was speaking against God and Moses. The bottom line is that Stephen was going beyond the call of duty to help the destitute. God was using him to miraculously transform lives.
Some Religious thugs got jealous because Stephen was liberating people. His life was a target because unlike the oppressive Pharisees he was freeing up people.
They tried to make him seem like some sort of scary radical person. They accused stephen of being a threat to their social well-being.
The same tyrannical force that attacked Stephen launched an onslaught in 2020 on the "Glowing Ones."
It was a very sophisticated plan. The enemy was twisting things, just like they did to Stephen. They tried to put things on us to oppress us and prevent us from glowing in the dark. The oppression was sent to wreck our marriages, destroy your families and steal your businesses.
You are not alone. The enemy wants you to believe you are alone and there is something wrong with you and that you deserve this attack.