A resolution is a commitment.
Merriam-Webster gives us insight into the word with the first (and most common) definition:
To take a complex idea and make it simpler.
So, when we make a resolution, we take the myriad motivations, facts, and experiences in our life, and we decide on a course of action.
Our resolution comes about because of many things happening around us and how we respond to the accumulation of those experiences.
Here are 3 Resolutions Stephen Made Before God.
Resolution No. 1:
Stephen lived with God on his sleeve. He kept his faith on display for anyone to see no matter the situation.
Acts 6:3-5 shows us the respect Stephen garnered.
“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. … They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit …”
Resolution No. 2:
Stephen offered God every part of who he was. Stephen had been given a vision of the power of God, and he was willing to go “all in.”
Acts 6:8 tells us of the power God released in Stephen’s ministry.
“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.”
Resolution No. 3:
Stephen took the supremacy of God’s presence in his life as fact, and he trusted the Father to deliver him even in death.
Acts 7:59 reveals Stephen’s final moments.
“And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ ”
Stephen’s life was complex, filled with the experiences that led him to believe in and trust God no matter what came his way.
Stephen’s ultimate resolutions in life were simple. We can choose to follow his example.
1. We must live boldly before God and Man.
2. We must give God every part of who we are without reserve.
3. We must trust in God in every circumstance.
Choose God. He will be your salvation in every situation.
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