Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
(Acts 4:29 (NIV))
How strong is your faith?
Are you willing to stand against those who ridicule you because of your faith? Are you willing to speak the truth even when the truth is not popular? Are you willing to risk everything you have in order to speak the Word of God into a dark and dying world?
Or, are you like most people and too timid to speak up for what you profess to believe?
I know that I may make some people mad with that last question, but we all need to stop and ask ourselves this on a regular basis. If we are not willing to speak the truth of God’s Word, then are we fulfilling the task that we have been given?
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Mark 16:15-18 (NIV))
Do you see anything in this passage that looks as if the Body of Christ is timid?
Why should we be?
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
If we are timid in our faith, is it really faith?
Are you sure of the things that Jesus has done? Are you certain of the salvation that you have been given? If you had been given a mansion, you would tell everyone that you encounter about the great gift that someone gave you. What God has given each of us through the shed blood of Jesus is far greater than any earthly mansion, yet we fail to tell anyone about it. Why are we willing to be bold in certain things while we become timid when we are talking about our faith?
I know that there are those who will profess a faith in Jesus because it makes them feel good, but this is not what Jesus promised.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
Jesus promised peace through the troubles that He knew we would face. It takes a boldness to face the world and proclaim the truth!
Are you filled with great boldness?