“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9
Paul had went to the city of Corinth to bring the gospel message. As he was speaking there many people started believing in Jesus. Along with those people believing in Jesus there were also many who did not want to believe in Jesus and opposed Paul. Paul was preaching to the Gentiles and the Jews were upset with that. God comes to him in a vision and tells him to not be silent.
When the world starts telling you to be silent about witnessing about Jesus, it is easy to want to back off. Fear of what they appear to be able to do often stops many from speaking. People will fear the loss of their jobs, or position, or being punished for a “crime” being done, or something else.
It even gets more difficult when those telling you to be silent are people in the church. These are supposed to be believers in Jesus, yet they are following a different path.
All throughout the Bible the phrase “do not be afraid” is spoken many times over. As a believer in Jesus you must not be afraid of what man can do to you. You must look only at what Jesus did and can do. Look at the soul of the people and how God will destroy them in the end if they do not follow Jesus.
The world is on a one way path with destruction if they do not turn around. You have the message to help them turn around. The words of Jesus spoken to Paul were spoken to all the disciples and are now being spoken to you. Don’t be afraid. Keep on speaking. Don’t be silent.
When you are silent, the Devil wins the war. People will stay lost and condemned forever.
If someone had been silent, you would not be where you are today. You would not know and believe in Jesus.
Do not allow this to happen to others. Tell everyone you can about Jesus. Work at persuading them to follow Jesus.
I pray today that Jesus will give you a vision to reach the lost; that Jesus will fill you with His boldness and peace; that you will not be silent; that you will speak the words of Jesus to everyone; and that Jesus will draw many to Him through you.