Devotion – May 24, 2015 – Speaking Boldly

acts28_31Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
—Acts 28:31

This is how the book of Acts ends.  What a way to end it!!  The Apostle Paul had endured many hardships in his ministry, from being rejected by his people (the Jews) and shipwrecked to prison, beatings, and the threat of the death penalty.  Through all this Paul spoke about Jesus the same it describes here at the end of Acts, boldly and without hindrance.

What do we allow to hinder us in our witness?  How often are we timid instead of bold.  Yet, hear the reassurance Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy chapter 1, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  Paul isn’t just telling Timothy not to be afraid, he’s telling him the Spirit who lives in him, and in all of us, is not timid or afraid and that Spirit will embolden us to speak if we let Him.  Pray that God would give you opportunities to tell others about Jesus and pray the He would make you bold in those moments, not of your own strength, but through the power of the Spirit.

Dear Jesus,
Before you ascended you said that it was good that you would leave because you would then send your Spirit.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit.  Transform us by your Spirit, especially when it comes to sharing the Gospel.  Prepare opportunities for us to speak to others about You and then make us bold in those moments by the power of Your Spirit so that we may boldly and without hindrance teach about You.

Amen.

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