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Who Inspires and challenges you (from the bible)?

What person in the bible inspires and challenges you the most?

What's their story?

What is it about them that is inspiring?

How would you like to be more like them?

What are your first steps to become like them? (if you'd like to share)

Blessings, Carla

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I thought I'd resurrect this old post and see if anyone responds.

What person in the bible inspires and challenges you the most?

The Apostle John

What's their story?

He demonstrated a deep love for and dedication to Jesus that is manifested in an intimate relationship. It is John whom God chose to preserve and then reveal the Book of Revelation through. This does not minimize the other apostles, but is to me something special. 

What is it about them that is inspiring?

John did not forsake his responsibility to be a light to the world in which Jesus shines through, yet being a light was an outflow, in my opinion, of the deep relationship he experienced with Jesus.

How would you like to be more like them?

I believe that it is important to learn a lesson from John ... before you can do for Jesus you must spend time with Jesus. Thus, I believe the more we draw into Him the more Holy Spirit is released in and through us for God's glory.

What are your first steps to become like them? (if you'd like to share)

Slow down and learn to sit at his feet once again for prolonged periods of time.

Amen LT.  Everything you said...

and especially, ''Slow down and learn to sit as His feet once again for prolonged periods of time.''

What person in the bible inspires and challenges you the most?

Joseph.

What's their story?

I love Joseph because against all odds he never gave up. He was the favorite child of Jacob, and he knew it! God had given him dreams and visions which caused tons of problems for him with his brothers. These problems would ultimately lead to his brothers putting him in a cistern (well), until  his brothers sold him into slavery to a caravan of Midianites who came along. He became homeless in the fact that he was taken away from his family and his home. He rose to power because the Lord gave him favor among men beginning with Potipher, to the guards in during his time in the prison, then, to Pharaoh.

What is it about them that is inspiring?

Joseph was only 17 when he was sold into slavery by his own brothers. I'm sure he had to wonder what he had done wrong, as he knew he was given dreams by the Lord. I'm sure he asked himself and the Lord what he had done to deserve everything he was going through. The thing is, the Bible does not one time mention anything about Joseph questioning himself but, most importantly, God. Instead of questioning, he was obedient and did everything to please God first and men second. 

How would you like to be more like them?

I would like to be more obedient and please God first in my life.

God bless you, Carla. 

What about you? 

Hi Shelly,

What person in the bible inspires and challenges you the most?

Daniel really stands out for me as being inspiring.

What's their story?

It's found in Daniel 1

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;

Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

What is it about them that is inspiring?

He was a teenage boy brought into Babylon against his will, had his Jewish faith and customs challenged in every way and never gave-in to the pressures and temptations of living in Babylon.  He risked his life rejecting everything Babylon stood for to stay true to what was right and true. Daniel 1:8 says ''But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself...''  'Purposed in his heart...'  That's so powerful.  

God gave him special favor.  He was incredibly humble as he rejected everything that would defile him, and managed to stay pure while earning special favor and is given high authority, all the while staying true to God.

He had been given knowledge and understanding from God because of his faithfulness.  He was able to interpret dreams and visions which no one else could do.  

He survived the lions den being protected by an angel.

He was, like Joseph, a teenager torn away from his family and thrown into a life which was completely opposite of everything he'd ever known, but yet he stayed true to God.

He's an incredible example of courage and conviction in the face of many temptations (Babylon), which are not unlike the temptations we face today.  His courage, conviction, loyalty and strength of character is inspiring.

How would I like to be more like him?

His courage, conviction, loyalty and strength of character.

To 'Purpose in my heart'.

Next Steps?

hmmm...  Like Nike says 'just do it'.

Hmmm Good question. The story or testimony I most enjoy in the Word is that of Stephen. I'm not exactly sure why. In my mind, he was a spry happy young man maybe early 20's. He was excited about his new faith & full of God’s grace and power. He performed great wonders and signs among the people. He couldn't wait to share it with everyone he came into contact with. Knowing the price he would one day have to possibly pay for sharing that faith, he continued on. He knew nothing or nobody in this world could ever take away what he had been given through Christ nor was he afraid of those who could kill his body because he knew they could never kill his soul. Instead, he served the One who can destroy both body & soul & I believe he did that with a huge smile on his face. I can see his face. It says he had the face of an angel. I picture him glowing like Moses when he came down from the mountain. 

Well, low & behold the gossipers & drama queens (kings) enter the picture. They're all up in the air about this kid Stephen. They say he's blaspheming words against Moses & God. So, drama did what drama does, stirs up the crowd to get a better reaction. They bring Stephen before the Jewish Supreme Court & bring in false witnesses against him. When asked about the charges, Stephen stands bold & gives a testimony about his ancestors & theirs. These Israelites are great at teaching their kids history. In his closing remarks, he calls them stiff-necked, uncircumcised, like their ancestors who resisted the Holy Spirit. He reminded them of the great prophets that were sent to them by the Lord & how they persecuted them & went as far as killing those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One & once He did come they betrayed Him & murdered Him. I can see their nostrils flaring about this point & the blood pressures rising. How dare he say this about us? We're God's chosen yadda yadda.

After this, Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit,  looks to heaven & sees the glory of God. Next to Him, He then sees Jesus STANDING. Imagine that. Jesus Christ Himself gave this kid a standing ovation. Well done my good & faithful servant. You have been faithful. This is the only time in the Word that it speaks of Jesus standing at God's right hand. He's always sitting. He then shares with them what he sees which I'm sure absolutely pushed them totally over the edge. They used him & covered their ears so they wouldn't hear his blasphemous words. They dragged him out of the city & stoned him. While they were stoning him, Stephen says, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." When he collapsed to his knees he cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Where else had we heard this? He ten Fell Asleep. Precious saint of God.

Guess who was the head of this chaos & terrorism? Saul - The One & Only. Afterwards, the witnesses laid their cloaks at Saul's feet which probably meant he was the authority over this murder.  

Wow... loved reading this.  

There are so many, it is hard to choose just one, that's why i love hearing from others on this.

Thanks for sharing about Stephen with us, very engaging and well written.

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