Acts 14:3 Speak Boldly

So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. Acts 14:3

When someone believes in something strongly enough, he will tell others all about it. Knowing that he knows what he knows will give him the boldness to speak about his views.

Every person has his own personal views on most things. On some things, it may be a very strong belief, while on others it is a loosely held belief. On the strong beliefs, he will be bold in presenting it to others as opportunities open up. Great salesmen are known for doing this.

Paul and Barnabas spent some time in Iconium. They boldly kept talking about Jesus. As they did this, God made it possible for them to do many miracles.

Every believer has a belief in God who saves the soul and does great miracles. Even though they believe in a great God, most are unwilling to talk boldly about God. They are afraid of offending someone or have fallen for the lie that it is a deeply personal thing to believe in Jesus and not to be pushed on anyone else.

God has called every believer to be His witness. They are to be His salesmen giving away the greatest news of salvation. As a believer is bold in speaking God’s word to the people, God will show up with many signs and wonders, saving people.

Boldness means one will speak up, not being worried about what others may think, say or do. The world is bold in promoting their views with no fear or shame and they are doing it for things that ultimately bring about death.

The message of believers brings eternal life.

As a believer, you have the message of eternal life. God is on your side and will show up when you lift Him up before the world. Be willing to tell the world what you about and have experienced with God. Do not fear what the world may think, say or do, but allow God to do a great miracle in their lives.

Unless you speak boldly, they cannot hear and God cannot work in their lives. As you go out today, ask God to show you who you can talk to and to give you the words to speak. Then ask God to show up with signs and wonders.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will speak God’s word boldly; that you will not fear talking about Jesus; and that God will use you to reach the world for Jesus.

Mark 7:37 Miraculous Hearing And Speaking

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37

Hearing and speaking is something that every person wants to be able to do on their own. It is very common that when a person begins to have problems with hearing or speaking, people will quickly try to get help to cure the problem.

No one wants to be deprived of being able to hear or speak. It creates many difficulties in every area of life.

A man who could neither hear or speak was brought to Jesus for a healing touch. When Jesus healed the man, the people were amazed that He could make the deaf hear and the mute speak.

Even today people are amazed when a physical miracle occurs allowing a person to physically begin hearing or speaking. While this passage is directly about physical hearing or speaking, there is another dimension of hearing and speaking that God works in people.

This is other miraculous change that occurs is in the hearing and speaking in the spiritual realm. When Jesus touches the life of a person, one will have his spiritual ears and mouth opened. He will begin to see and speak about the things of God that the natural man cannot hear or speak about.

Those who see someone who can begin to speak and hear in the spiritual realm will often be amazed. They will not understand how a person can hear and speak about the things of God in a clear way. His words will be new and different than those of his past or of the world.

All these changes come about because he is made into a new creation in Christ Jesus. He now has open communication with God, the things of God and things in the spiritual realm.

As a believer God has given you His Holy Spirit to open your ears and mouth. God makes it possible for you to hear what He is saying or what the demonic spiritual realm is saying. He also makes it possible for you to boldly speak His life giving words and truth in this dying corrupt world.

When you allow God to work in and through you in miraculous ways, people will stand amazed. They will see the hand of God doing miracles in your life.

Have you allowed God to open your ears and mouth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your ears to hear His word; that God will open your mouth to boldly speak His word; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit to do miracles in and through you.

Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.

While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.

Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.

Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.

To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.

Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.

As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.

Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.

Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.

Matthew 12:34 Overflowing Heart

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34

Every person has their own personal opinion about many issues in life. Most people are willing to share what they feel about some issue that is occurring. For some, they are very strong on what they think, while others hold loosely to their feelings.

When a person shares what he is feeling, one can tell where his heart is. It reveals what he is passionate about.

Jesus strikes back at the Pharisees and their heart and words. He points out that one speaks only what is hidden in their heart.

No person can truly see into the heart of someone else. However to see what is in the heart of a person, all one has to do is wait, listen and watch the person. No matter what a person says, it will always come from inside of him, from the heart.

Those who are not living for God will speak as one not from God. It may be peppered a little with love, but most often it will be filled with selfishness, pride, greed, and death. The world will try to say it is allowing life by promoting sinful practices, but in reality it is showing hatred and death, since all sin leads to death.

Everyone who has a heart filled with God’s love and Spirit will speak as God speaks. There may be harsh words at times, but they will also be filled with truth. Their words will always point back to God and His standards of life.

It is the words spoken that reveal what is in the heart. Is the heart filled with the ways of this world or the ways of God?

In order to know what is really in your heart, take a moment to listen to what you speak. Do your words mirror those of this dark and dying, sinful world, or do they mirror those of God?

What is coming out can be controlled by what is put in the heart. Fill your heart with the things of this world and all that will come out are the dead things and ways of this world. Fill your heart with God’s word and His Holy Spirit and life will flow out of it.

What does your words reveal about your heart?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hide God’s word in your heart; that your words will be those of Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet.