But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Acts 7:55-56 NLT
The Jewish leaders were getting ready to stone Stephen. They were furious that he believed in Jesus and his accusation against them that they were disobedient and had misinterpreted the Holy Scriptures. Some of his last words before his death was his description of seeing God’s son in heaven at His right hand. What kept Stephen strong in that moment was the power of the Holy Spirit and his focus on Jesus.
We may or may not face life threatening situations in our lives, but we will face trials for our faith in God. Not everyone we meet will like the fact that we believe in God, but it’s in those moments that we fix our eyes on Jesus and depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to keep us bold and strong.
God, help every believer today remember that regardless of the trials they face to keep their eyes locked on You and depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to empower them.