Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven.
In choosing the first deacons, the early church was instructed to look out men full of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:3). Fulness of the Spirit is therefore something that is recognizablewe can know a person who is living in this experience. But how? We need to know, since every believer is commanded, Be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). Consider the marks of fulness as revealed in the life and death of one of those men chosen by the early church, Stephen.
We find him in the hour of his death looking up stedfastly into heaven. He had a vision of and concern for heavenly things. So will a child of God submitted to the control of the Holy Ghost. His affections are set on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:2); he looks not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen (I Cor. 4:18). He has his eyes fixed upon Christ. Stephen testified that he saw the Son of man standing on the right hand of God (Acts 7:56). This must be the logical consequence of yieldedness to the Spirit. Jesus said, He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:14). His delight is to give to the believer a deeper and fuller appreciation of the person and work of Christ. This will in turn lead to a Christlike spirit more in evidence in the life.
Observe how this martyred saint, like his Master, prayed for his persecutors in the hour of death (Acts 7:60). This is the love for souls that we need, and this we will have when we are filled with the Holy Ghost.
He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scriptures in his hands has all he needs.
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