Jeremiah 20:9 Speak It Out Loud

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But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 

There are times when a person has some really good news or some very interesting news that they ‘need’ to share with someone. He will quickly get on the phone to call some friends to tell them about the news. Everywhere the person goes, he continues to talk about the news.

Watch the newscasts and there are times where there is an article titled with ‘breaking news’. It is very important news to hear about in something that most people are interested in. No one is ashamed to bring out the news or talk about it.

Jeremiah had been given a message by God. As he proclaimed it, he was being severely persecuted. He wanted to stop talking about the news, yet, was unable to do so. The message he had was like a fire shut up in his bones and he just had to tell people about it.

When a believer has a solid connection and experience with God, he will want to tell someone about it. When he realizes the great love of God for all people and how lost people are without Jesus, he will want to tell people about Jesus.

Not proclaiming the message about Jesus will not be an option because it will burn within the heart to tell others about Him. Fear of ridicule and persecution will not be able to keep a person from talking. His great love for God and for others will propel him into speaking more and more with no fear.

The world does not want you to talk about sin or Jesus. They will do what they can to stop you from giving the needed message.

Do not let fear of this world stop you from speaking. Have the heart of God for the lost people in this world. Point people to Jesus every day for every situation in their lives. Let them know that there is a God who loves them and can give them real life that will last for eternity, that God will give them a purpose for this life.

The world needs to hear about Jesus. You have to be one who will tell them. Get the message out today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the love of God for other people; that God will give you boldness to speak His word; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that God will remove fear of this world as you proclaim His word. 

Acts 4:29 A Different Prayer

Locked Up Prayer

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Acts 4:29

Peter and John had already been put in prison for preaching about Jesus. They had been released and all the believers gathered together to pray. Persecution against believers was increasing tremendously. As they prayed, they prayed for boldness to speak the gospel message.

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, the world has been against those who believe in God. During the Old Testament times, many different nations tried to destroy the nation of Israel, until Israel destroyed itself in rejecting God. They had fallen into the pressure of the world to not follow God.

Later when Jesus came, it was no longer the idea of going against Israel, but against those who follow Jesus. Since the time of Jesus, the persecution against believers has changed in small areas. For a time one nation may persecute Christians strongly, and then later back off some, or it is usually the other way around.

In America it is appearing that persecution of believers is rising higher and higher. Many believers who are in situations of being harassed about their beliefs are praying that God would remove the problem. They want the persecution to stop and that is what their prayers are about.

Looking at the book of Acts, the disciples did not pray for the persecution to stop, but that they would be that much more bold in proclaiming God’s word.

Jesus promised that there would be persecution, so it does not do any good to attempt to pray for it to be removed. Believers are not on this earth for comfort or self. They are there to do God’s word–proclaim the Gospel message to every person. This is to be done regardless of the persecution.

It takes boldness to stand up and proclaim Jesus when under persecution. God will give that boldness, because that is what He wants a believer to do.

As you are going through tough situations and persecutions in life, pray a different prayer. Do not pray to get out of the situation, but that God would give you His boldness to be His witness and proclaim His message to this lost world.

It is in that boldness that people will hear the gospel message and lives will be changed.

What is your prayer about today?

I pray today that God will give you His boldness to be a witness; that God will give you strength to speak His words to this world; that God will remove all fear of persecution; and that God will touch many lives through your life.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Why Be Bold

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

Paul described the ministry of Moses as being very great. When Moses came out from being before God he had to wear a veil over his face because it shown so much with the glory of God that the people could not look at his face. The covenant that Moses was revealing was one that brought only condemnation and no salvation, and was for a short time. Yet, there was very great glory in it because God had made it.

Next, Paul compares that to what Jesus had done. Jesus died and rose again to bring eternal life. There was no condemnation being handed out. His work was to last for eternity.

Think about the implications of this. Moses was in great glory with a ministry that brought about condemnation and death, Jesus brought about a ministry that brought about eternal life with forgiveness instead of condemnation.

Since you have been filled with God as a believer, you now have the glory of God in you. With that glory of God in you, you can be very bold.

Being bold is being willing to do the ministry God has called you to do. At a minimum you must be willing to tell others about Jesus and what He has done for you and them. Further ministry may be reaching out to show love to those who are unlovable, or those that are living in sin hating anything to do with God. It is showing love to those who persecute you. It is showing praise to God when things are not going correctly in your life.

Many people are afraid of what other people may say or do. Do not fear them. God is in you and will shine through you. You do not have to put a veil over your face and hide your belief. Be open about being a believer in Jesus. Moses had only death and condemnation, you have real life and a real future.

Your hope is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus, are you living in that hope?

I pray today that you will know the glory of Jesus in your life; that you will have the hope of His salvation in your heart; that you will not live your life veiled behind a mask; that you will boldly show Jesus to every person; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Acts 22:1 Defense

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” Acts 22:1

The people had rose up against Paul’s preaching in Jerusalem. A riot was in the forming. The officials grabbed Paul to take him in. As they were holding him, Paul asks to speak to the crowd. Read the verses now through verse 21. Paul gives his defense.

Paul’s defense was not against the people. He starts out telling who he had been at one time. Paul had been very zealous for following the Law and upholding those ways and traditions. He fought against Jesus and every believer, believing he was fighting for God, not against God.

He then tells his story of how Jesus got a hold of his attention. At that point Paul learned that he was to be a witness to the Gentiles. This is what the people did not like and had him captured for.

People often get nervous or scared when having to defend the belief in Jesus. They fear saying the wrong thing, or not sounding very smart. Many do not believe they know enough to defend their belief. They feel they do not know the Bible well enough. Jesus had once said that you are not to worry about that, but that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to speak when the time came.

Yes, there are some people who can quote every Bible verse and break down their theological beliefs very well. Most people cannot do that.

The one thing every person can do is tell what Jesus has done for them. Tell why you believe in Jesus. Tell why you started to follow Jesus. Tell what Jesus wants you to do.

Every believer can also tell what Jesus has done for every person on this earth. Tell the people about how He died on the cross for them and rose from the dead. Tell how Jesus will return some day.

These things do not take a Bible college degree or ministerial license to tell. You do not have to be an attorney to defend your belief. They can be told in normal everyday words and experiences.

Are you defending your faith today? How are you defending your faith today? Tell your story.

I pray today that Jesus will give you the boldness to tell your story to others; that you will not fear defending what you believe; that you will not keep your story silent; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through your story.

Acts 4:29 Prayer For Boldness

“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” Acts 4:29

The disciples had just been brought in for questioning by the authorities and were told not to speak in the name of Jesus anymore. They were threatened with further imprisonment if they continued to speak of Jesus. Instead of running scared, the disciples prayed for more boldness to speak His word.

Throughout the years the view of Christians and Jesus has changed back and forth. For a period they are looked upon and accepted, then for a time they are hated. Different places in the world would accept Jesus, while other places would reject Him and fight.

Currently in America, the trend is starting to lean towards rejecting Jesus and anything about Him. Threats are rising against Christian belief and testimony. More and more believers are being told to not speak about Jesus.

Years ago it started with not speaking in the public schools. Now many businesses are not allowing their workers to talk about Jesus.

There are some Christians, when they are threatened like this, who choose to stay quiet. Others are willing to pray the prayer the disciples prayed. They are willing to pray for boldness to be His witness.

There is a challenge in praying that type of prayer. It is God’s desire that every believer tells everyone they can about Jesus. When He hears a prayer for boldness to be His witness, God will grant it quickly. He will open doors to be His witness.

Now, as the believer, you must act upon those doors opening up. You must make the most of every opportunity to be a witness. The more you are willing to be His witness the more the opportunities will present themselves.

Do not back down, or ignore the chances to be a witness for Jesus. People are dying without knowing Jesus everyday. Do your most to let them know about Jesus. Do not fear what men may threaten or say to you about being His witness.

Ask Jesus for His boldness to be His witness today. Bring Jesus to the world with no fear.

I pray today that God will fill you with His boldness; that you will see the opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove all fear of any threats against you; and that God will give you His favor in reaching the lost.