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Heroes In Gods House 6 Stephen And Phillip A Dynamic Duo

Heroes In God's House 6

Stephen and Phillip, two of the first deacons, demonstrated an anointing to serve. They started out waiting tables in the Apostles’ feeding program. The Apostles qualified the first deacons with certain qualities that should be present in all who serve.

At first glance, the Scripture only says that Stephen and Phillip were filled with the Spirit, wisdom, and faith. After examination, I discovered that with these qualities alone, these men were fully equipped.1 Look with me in the Book of Acts chapter 6 at what the Scripture says about these servants and their anointing. In doing so, we will know what it requires to operate effectively in the anointing to serve:

  • Holy Spirit. God chose Stephen and Phillip to serve, yet they walked in tremendous power and anointing of the Holy Ghost. To walk effectively in the anointing, we must allow the Holy Spirit to fill us; the same Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to send to help us, counsel us, and guide us in truth.2

The Holy Spirit that empowers us to obey Christ will empower us to serve our Lord. An anointing from the Holy Spirit will evidence your service.3

  • Wisdom. The apostle James instructed us, if a man were considered wise, it would be evidenced by his good life and by his actions done in humility. As he further explained wisdom, we can know that Stephen and Phillip served with a pure heart.

They were peaceful, considerate of others, submitted to authority and merciful. They served wholeheartedly with sincerity and without selfish agendas.4

  • Faith. Saul of Tarsus was still breathing out threats to the early Church at the time these servants of God came along. The largest portion of the New Testament Scripture had not yet been written, however Stephen and Phillip were full of faith.

They exemplified their faith by what they did. Stephen was noted for his working of miracles among the people. Phillip’s faith exemplified his ability to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus promised us that we could do the same marvelous acts of faith and even greater, “…anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father…You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.” 5

Just as any other ministry, it takes more than natural ability to effectively fulfill the ministry of serving. It takes an anointing (a supernatural enablement) from the Holy Spirit. We may pattern our service after men full of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, and faith walking in the anointing of the Lord.

Excerpted from In The Spirit Of Armorbearing, Chapter 3 Pattern Your Service by Earma Brown, 12 Book Christian Author

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