"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed” (Isaiah 61:1).
The most important thing we will ever do is tell other people about Jesus. The great news is the Holy Spirit will give us the courage to speak boldly, pray boldly, and let our passion for Jesus bring light to a dark world. Acts 4:31 says that when the early church prayed and gathered together, they were shaken and filled with the Holy Spirit. They continued to speak God’s word with BOLDNESS! We must also be shaken for Christ and have that same boldness right now.
This does not mean we have to be aggressive to be effective. We speak truth in LOVE. We speak JESUS! Sharing God’s love with the world is as easy as sharing how His promises and His goodness have changed our own lives. Sharing our own experiences is a great way to show people who HE is. When we speak Jesus to the world with reckless abandon and unrestrained passion, people are changed—and when people are changed, our world follows. THAT is how we show a lost and dying world the saving love of Christ!
Call to Action: Pray and look for opportunities to talk about Jesus. Be enthusiastically bold and STAND for Him!
“Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike” (Ephesians 6:19).
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the opportunity to spread Your word and the love of Jesus. Help us be humble and have courage to stand for You and not be silenced by dissenting voices that try to drown us out. Let the Holy Spirit speak through us and give us the right words to say. In Your name, we pray, Amen!
Final Thought: May we always be a light that burns brightly for Jesus!
Standing for Christ with Courage
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8).
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24- 26).
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
“God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy” (Job 8:20).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).