The very same hardships that God designs to grow our faith can also destroy our faith when we grow frustrated. Frustration places us in great spiritual danger because it destroys our faith in God. Frustration tempts us into unbelief, but our unbelief dishonors God and disconnects us from His divine blessing.
God delivers His people from bondage by grace through a blood sacrifice. But His primary focus in His redemption is freedom from the spiritual bondage of our own sin, not liberation from external oppression.
Doctrine matters. What we believe about God changes how we relate to Him and how we live our lives. No church is healthy when it is a safe place for wolves to harm the flock without fear of being confronted.
Devotion to God leads us to commit ourselves to good citizenship. Our submission to God always ties us to a heart of submission to every God-given authority in our lives, which means that Christians should be the best of citizens in this present world.
Devotion to God leads us to overcome evil with good. Satan’s strongest temptations to destroy our soul strike us when we are hurt. Pain caused by others is always a time of intense spiritual warfare against sin in our own hearts.
We must be filled with the Spirit if we are to have a Christ-like response to persecution and hardship. In this message from Acts 7:54-8:3, Art Georges (Senior Pastor of Living Hope Community Church) teaches about the death of Stephen and the encouragement it holds for the church to stand for Christ today.