Acts 18:9 Don’t Be Silent

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9

There are times when someone has something to say that is contrary to the common popular belief. Often the person does not say anything because it goes against what others are saying. They fear the rejection and whiplash of speaking out something different.

Some people are willing to speak no matter what others think or feel. In their minds there is no fear of what others are saying or doing.

Paul gets a vision from God one night, telling him to not be afraid and to keep on speaking. He is not to be silent in spreading the gospel message to the Gentiles.

Every believer has the greatest message that has ever been told. It is a message that every person on the earth needs to hear about. It is one of joy, peace, love, eternal life, healing, and much more.

Yet, most believers do not share that great message. They cower in fear and silence, not wanting to offend anyone or make anyone mad at them.

As they keep silent, millions of people are dying daily around the world never having known the saving message of Jesus Christ, who can change their lives and give them eternal life.

At the same time, as they are silent about the gospel message, they will talk all day about sports or politics or something else.

People need to hear about Jesus. They need to hear that there is forgiveness and eternal life available. They need to hear that there is One who will be with them through everything, giving them strength and hope to make it.

Instead of being silent and not offending, believers need to spread the gospel message to anyone that they can, every chance they can.

You have been given a message that every person in the world needs to hear. Even though you cannot reach every person, you can reach some.

Do not be afraid to talk about Jesus every where you go, to every one you meet. Do not be silent, when you have a chance to speak.

God will use you to reach people for Jesus. He will change hearts and lives and bring salvation into their lives and homes.

This can only happen if you do not stop talking and spreading the gospel message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove all fear in your heart to speak; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that God will change hearts and lives through the message you bring; and that you will not stop talking about Jesus.

Acts 5:42 Never Stop

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

In order to get something big accomplished a person must start and keep going. As he is going, there will often be some difficulties or troubles that attempt to stop him. Instead of allowing those troubles to stop him, he must push forward and keep doing what he wants, or else he will never accomplish his goal.

Most will give up, when they hit a mountain of troubles.

Peter and some other apostles had been preaching the gospel message, when they were caught and put in prison. Upon a warning and a release, they went back out and continued openly to proclaim the good news of Jesus everywhere.

When Jesus left the earth the last thing He told the disciples to do was preach the gospel in all of the world. At that time the world had a large population, spread across the entire world. Today that population has grown extremely exponentially to over seven billion people.

Along with the growth of the population, the need to spread the gospel message has also grown.

Every believer has an opportunity, every day to tell someone something about Jesus and the good news of salvation. Sadly, many will want to talk about the weather, sports, work or something else. They have chosen to stop telling people about Jesus, because they may be ridiculed or persecuted and hated.

Jesus and the disciples kept moving forward with the message, despite any troubles. In reality, the more trouble there was, the more they spread the gospel message.

Believers have the need and the mandate to spread the gospel message. The world needs this message and they cannot stop, until everyone has heard it.

Throughout your life you may have attempted some big projects. Some you may have accomplished, while others you stopped because of problems.

The largest and greatest project you have to work on is getting the gospel message out to everyone you can. As you accomplish this task, people will be saved and be given true, eternal life.

If you chose to stop spreading the gospel message, people will die in their sins, never having true, eternal life.

Despite the problems and troubles, don’t stop spreading the gospel message. Make it your highest priority to keep it going to all the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you the boldness to preach His gospel message; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that God will give you strength to keep going; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution.

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
Date: 2019
Pages: 250

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

One of the most common struggles that men have, both in the church and outside the church is with sexual sins. The author begins the book describing his life experiences on how he was muzzled by Satan with sexual sins. He reveals how it started out with just some thoughts and later led to actions.

Shelton calls it a muzzling, because when a Christian man falls into sexual sin, he does not want to talk about it or even admit it to anyone. Satan holds him captive to the sin.

Once this sin is admitted, he shows what the Bible says on how to get away from it. He points out how God always makes a way to get away from sexual temptations, but that a person must be willing to accept and choose that path. In the process of choosing God’s path, it takes the muzzle off of the man and allows him to talk about it and change, rejecting the temptations.

The acronym that he uses to help one remember the steps is: S.A.F.E. Stay away. Flee. Escape.

One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is the amount he uses scriptures for all of his points and calls to action. Not only does he use scripture, but he applies it to every day life of most people.

Shelton is a husband and father who has struggled with sexual sin to an extreme degree, but has been set free by the power of God’s word and Holy Spirit guiding him. His desire is to set other men free from being muzzled by Satan with this sin.

This book is a simple read, without any high level, college speaking. He asks many questions and calls for action in each chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages, so it makes for short time to read a chapter and give you time to think and act on what you read.

Whether you struggle with this sin or not, I highly suggest reading it. It can help you overcome it, if you struggle, or it can help you help someone else that is struggling with this sin.

John 4:8 Reaching The Unwanted

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) John 4:8

Most groups of people have other groups that they do not like to be around. Some are full ethnic groups that hate other ethnic groups. The majority are not against ethnicity, but against people who are undesirable or different.

Often the ones being shunned are the mentally disabled, handicapped, gang members, drug addicts, murderers, criminals and other such people. Sometimes they are people of a different social class or position.

Jesus began to talk to a Samaritan woman at a well. She asked Him why He was talking to her, because Jews had nothing to do with them.

Church members are often seen to do what the Samaritan woman expected, to not talk to or approach certain people. Some believe that there is no hope for them at all. Others do it because they want to remain pure and do not want to be contaminated by sin.

There is hope for everyone. No one is beyond redemption by Jesus. All they need is someone to reach out and tell them there is hope.

While it is true that one should not be contaminated by the sins of others, people still need to be reached with the gospel message. One can speak with a sinner and not pick up their sin, nor just condemn their sin, but needs to love them and point them to the need for Jesus and to turn from sin.

During the time of Jesus, the Israelites would have nothing to do with any Samaritan. They were considered an outcast in society. Along with that, men did not talk to women. Jesus did both these taboo things and the woman and many in her town were saved.

There are most likely some people that you know of that are of a very different social status than you. They live in sinful ways that you do not want to be a part of.

Instead of avoiding them, go to them and bring the gospel message to them. Love them enough to point them to their need for Jesus. Allow God to strengthen you to resist the temptation to participate in their sin, but just like Jesus, to be a witness.

Who needs you to talk to them today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will go boldly to those who need to hear the gospel message; that you will love those Jesus loves; that you will boldly talk to the undesirable people about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Matthew 6:7 Don’t Talk Too Much

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:7

There are some people who love to talk and talk and talk, and keep on talking. Of those people, very few actually have something of value to keep talking about.

Words are being spoken, but have very little meaning, or are just being repeated over and over in slightly different ways. Salesmen can speak a mile a minute, trying to show one that they care, but only to try and trap someone into buying something not really needed.

As Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray, He tells them not to keep on babbling when they are praying.

During times of praying, especially in public, many believers will pray very long and grand repetitive prayers. This is often done for one of two main reasons. Either they are trying to look good with their prayers. Or they are trying to get God’s attention and an answer to a prayer.

Although one cannot see God directly, one can know that God hears every prayer, regardless of how long or short, loud or quiet it is. The reality is God knows what one needs even before it is asked in prayer.

God may be like a person who tunes out a babbling person and tunes out the long, lengthy babbling prayers of some. Those types of prayers are often not really done in faith, but out of fear or manipulation to get God to do something.

One cannot praise and worship God too much, but talking to God in prayer about needs, can be taken too far. Rather than babble on, one just needs to present his needs to God and trust God has heard those needs.

As with every believer, you have some needs in your life. Some needs are greater than other needs. Talk to God about every one of those needs.

However, as you talk to Him, do not allow yourself to keep going on and on about a need. Present it and let it go into His hands. God hears you the first time.

Talking more may show a lack of faith in God and promote self more. Instead of talking more about your needs, quickly present your needs and then take more time to praise and worship God.

Don’t talk too much, unless it is in praise and worship.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith that God hears your prayers; that you will worship and praise God more; that you will not babble when praying to God; and that your faith in God will grow.