Picture this setting; revival has broken out, people were being saved daily and miracles happening constantly with persecutions. The persecution couldn’t stop the revival; in fact it only promoted and furthered the effects of this supernatural move of God. When the devil saw he couldn’t stop the revival from the outside in, he tried to destroy the revival from the inside out.
The truth is, no marriage, no ministry, no corporation is destroyed from the outside in, it’s always from the inside out. Even personally, people are destroyed from the inside out. Friends, the problem will never destroy you as long as you keep the problem from getting inside of you.
1 Cor. 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. KJV
Since we are children of God (it’s our new nature), then we are never the authors or participators of confusion but we are called to promote peace in all churches. We are even commanded to love our enemies, to pray for those who despitefully use us. Friend, this is how the world truly knows we are His disciples. It’s never easy on the flesh but it is rewarding in the Spirit.
So the early church was having some confusion and division, but it was a scheme of the devil trying to stop revival. Always ask the Holy Spirit to remove anything in us that would stop the move of God in our region. I want to promote revival by my lifestyle.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
The Holy Spirit gave the apostles the insight to see beyond the natural. They saw it was a distraction from the main attraction (the presence of the Lord) and they said we are not going to be distracted from what we are called to do, so the Holy Spirit gave them direction.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Notice the qualifications of the ones appointed: 1. Honest Report
2. Full of the Holy Ghost 3. Full of Wisdom. That’s the type of leaders that the 21st Century church needs today, not popular people but powerful people of God full of wisdom and the Holy Ghost. They said pick out seven men who live a lifestyle of honesty which means well respected and trustworthy. If you are in leadership, your reputation since you have become a Christian is very important because we represent God’s Kingdom to this people planet.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Once again the apostles saw that the enemy was trying to get them distracted from their calling and duties as pastors or apostles. A minister’s calling is to stay in the Presence of the Lord (to hear His voice, to receive vision) and to study God’s Word (to feed and instruct others) and this is a struggle for many because so many ministers get caught up in the everyday busyness of church life. Many times the church body expects the pastor or apostle to do all the work in the church, but because the church is the body of Christ and each part of the body has a different assignment then the body ministers to the body. If the pastor did all the work of the church then someone would not be using the talents God has given them and they would not be fulfilled neither rewarded. It’s important that we all use our talents for God’s kingdom.
5 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: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
It’s always amazing to see what the devil meant for bad turn for good and that’s what God does. In this case many got to use their talents and the work of the ministry increased and people were saved.
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any rebellion or seed of discord or confusion in your life.
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to use you even greater in these last days.