Sunday, May 14, 2023

Acts 18:9

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

Scripture Insights

Have you ever left conversations asking yourself, Why didn’t I mention Jesus? We all probably have.

Many Christians have Arctic River Syndrome—frozen at the mouth. We are tempted to waver, in a pivotal situation, when the Spirit wants us to speak. Our tendency may be to retreat rather than share the good news.

The Lord gives Paul three admonitions to help when Paul is tempted to take the easy way.

  1. Do not be afraid. Fear can paralyze us to retreat and say nothing. Paul testifies that he is not ashamed of the gospel (see Romans 1:16). We can learn from his example.
  2. Keep on speaking. Paul could respond, as we may be tempted to do, But Lord, people are becoming abusive! (See Acts 18:6.) The Word of the Lord is clear: keep on speaking!
  3. Do not be silent. Evil wins when good people say and do nothing. Billy Graham said that courage is contagious and that when a brave person takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Today, be courageous in those pivotal moments. Trust God with the results.

Today’s Prayer

Forgive us for retreating when we should speak. Give us your courage, grace, and wisdom as we seek to bless our communities with your love and the truth that offers the greatest community impact—the good news of Jesus.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on bringing people to Jesus in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Mark Bane
Director, Evangelism and New Church Development

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