Spirit-filled Stephen by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DEEPER CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY
HIGHER EVERYDAY: (A DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR YOUTHS)
WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST, 2022
MEMORY VERSE: “And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch” (ACTS 6:5).
Richard Blanchard, who wrote the hymn, “Fill My Cup Lord”, suffered a severe lung problem, leading to Blanchard being left with one-third of his lung capacity. But a diminished physical wellbeing did not stop young Blanchard.
In 1953, he became the pastor of a church in Coral Gables, Florida, and one day, was asked by a young couple to perform their marriage ceremony. However, the couple was quite late for their counseling appointment; as he waited for the young couple, God gave him the inspiring song with the following chorus:
“Fill my cup, Lord, – I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more –
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!”
This song, and the experience of the inspired writer, summarize the significance of our Bible text. Stephen became the first Church martyr, but his preaching aided the growth of the early Church. Beloved, do you want to be used of God? Seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit, for then can you fully achieve your utmost for Christ.
QUOTE: Seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
CHALLENGE: You too can be Spirit filled.
PRAYER: Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit.