Acts 18:9 Do Not Be Silent

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

Talking is one thing that some people like to do, others do not like to talk very much. In order to get most people to talk, one must get them to talk about themselves or what interests them.

People are often quickly shut down or ignored by others, when they speak, because they do not want to hear what is being said. This is often done because they are either not interested or they do not like what is being said.

While speaking daily in Corinth, Paul was being persecuted for what he was saying. God came to him in a vision and told him to not be afraid or silent and to keep speaking the truth.

At times when a person receives opposition to what he is saying, most people will stop talking. They do not want to take on or cause trouble with what they have to say. Fear arises, preventing them from speaking boldly what they know to be truth.

In America it is common for people to be shut down if they do not speak things that are politically correct. It does not matter if what being said is truth or not if it is not politically correct.

Jesus told all believers to preach the gospel message to all the world. This is a message that many in the world will take offense to and will rise up in opposition to it.

The believer must not fear the opposition, but continue to speak in love and confidence. If believers are silent, people will go to hell without the opportunity for salvation. Among believers, there should not be silence but a bold proclamation of God’s word.

You may be a person who likes to talk, or you may be one who does not like to talk. Regardless of which you are, as a believer you need to be willing to talk to people about Jesus. It is simple as just telling others what God has done for you.

Do not allow the intimidation and pressure to keep you from telling about Jesus. The world can only destroy your body, not your soul.

By speaking you are giving them an opportunity to know the salvation God offers. Do not deprive them of that opportunity by being silent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will fill you with boldness to speak His word; that you will speak God’s truth each day; and that you will not fear the opposition against God’s word.

Acts 17:23 Meet Them Where They Are

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To An Unknown God. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23

Although most won’t call it worship, the world does worship a lot of things. They worship money, position, talent, things, power, fame and more.

All of these things are placed at an extreme high priority in their lives. Time, money and abilities are all focused upon these areas, worshipping them.

As Paul was going through Athens, he noticed that they had objects of worship for every god imaginable, including an unknown god. Paul says he will proclaim information about that unknown god.

Believers often stick with other believers and really don’t see where the world really is or what the world is doing. It is often expected for unbelievers to walk into the church and present themselves to the church seeking information about God. However, very few people will go to a church seeking information on their own.

Jesus told the believers to go into all of the world and preach the gospel. As a believer is going out, he must go to meet the people where they are and in a way that they are already thinking and believing. One can seek opportunities to use what the world is seeking or desiring to open doors to present the gospel message.

The idols that the world are seeking and worshipping are false and dead. As believers take the idols that the world is worshipping and use them to point out the need for Jesus, people’s eyes will be opened to the truth. Both Paul and Jesus met people right where they were at in their thinking and actions.

God is willing to open doors for you to be His witness every day. The world is starving for the truth and seeking it. You have the answer that they are seeking in all of the false idols of this world.

Go out and use the wisdom of God to meet them where they are. Show the world what they are really seeking is found in Jesus and not in the false, dead idols they are already worshipping.

Not everyone will listen to you, but there will be some who will hear the truth and change. Seek to find those.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word in your life; that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world; that you will boldly proclaim God’s truth; and that God will draw many to Christ through you.

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.

Acts 13:52 Joy Amidst Persecution

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

When trouble hits a person, most people get depressed or discouraged. During attempts to accomplish something, it is common for a person to run into some roadblocks. Often this discourages the person and he gives up in order to try something different.

Joy is rarely seen in a person in the midst of major problems. Instead of joy one will see anger, frustration, depression, or fear. The focus or desire is often lost or given up.

As the disciples were preaching the gospel, many Jewish leaders were against them and pushed them out. The disciples left the area with joy and with God’s Holy Spirit.

The world does not like to hear the gospel message of Jesus. There are also many ‘believers’ in the church who get offended at hearing the full truth in God’s word. It means that they are wrong and must change. These people will often push out or persecute true believers who are preaching the whole of God’s word.

Just as the world gets depressed and discouraged, many believers will also get depressed and discouraged under persecution. This occurs because people have the wrong focus. Too many believers expect an easy, problem free life as a believer. Jesus actually promised the exact opposite.

Those who are going through trouble and persecution can have joy knowing that they are walking the path God has for them and that God is with them. During persecution, the believer can pick up and move on to the next location to reach others who are willing to listen. They do not need to stay stuck in one place, wallowing in despair of failure.

The joy of God’s salvation and presence gives the believer strength to move on despite all troubles.

As you are a witness for Jesus there will come times of trouble or persecution. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged or to give up. Look to God for your joy and strength.

Remember how much persecution Jesus went through for you. Remember that Jesus promised persecution. But also remember that God has promised you eternal life in the end with no more suffering.

Walk with joy and God’s Holy Spirit moving forward to a new place. Find new places to be a witness. Seek out others who will listen. Do not stop or give up. God is with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that God will fill you with His joy; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength during persecution and troubles.

Acts 10:34-35 God Accepts Certain People Without Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35

All over the world there are many people who will show favoritism to certain people. They give extra special treatment to the wealthy, popular, or high position people.

Often this is done to gain favor with someone who can be of a great benefit. Those who show no possible benefit are often ignored or pushed aside.

The Israelites often ignored or looked down upon those who were not of Jewish descent. God shows Peter that He will accept those outside of the Jewish people as long as the fear Him and does what is right.

The world will often say that God will accept anyone and everyone, regardless of what the person does or does not do. While it is true that God will accept everyone and does not show special favoritism towards any certain group, it is not true that there are no requirements.

In order for a person to be accepted by God, forgiven and given salvation, he must fear God and do what is right. The fearing God is putting full trust in God for one’s salvation and provision. It is allowing God to be in absolute control. The ‘doing right’ is living as God calls a person to live.

There are some in the church that will not give people a chance to fear God or obey Him. They show favoritism to those who appear to be good, rather than giving everyone a chance to be saved. In thinking this way, many refuse to be a witness to certain people.

God wants to save all, so every person must be given the opportunity to believe in Him without favoritism.

As a believer there may be times when you have shied away from telling someone about Jesus. You may feel as if there is no way God wants that person because of who he is or what he has done. You show some favoritism towards certain people and prejudice against others.

Realize that Jesus came to die for all and save all. Be willing to give every person a chance to believe in and follow God. God did not show favoritism when He accepted you, do do it towards others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be a witness of Jesus to every person you meet; that God will draw all people to Him through you; and that you will not show favoritism towards certain people.