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Bible Text: "Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him" (Acts 8:2). "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear.

We must learn to stay firm in all situation, Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen (Act 8:1).

Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, the eagles soar, while the small birds take cover. Christian in the time of Stephen were scattered throughout the regions. What if such happen now? How many will stand, and able to do what Stephen did (Act 7: 59-60) “As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died”.

Now the church is forced to do what it had been reluctant to do - get the gospel out to the surrounding regions. Was this persecution the will of God?  God can and will use pressing circumstances to guide us into His will.

When everything is fine, we may have never considered doing a certain course; then a crisis opens our eyes to that course.

Sometimes we have to be shaken out of our comfortable state before we do what God wants us to!

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