“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” [Acts 4:29-30]
There is a lot of opposition to the Gospel in the world today. Civil rights watchdog groups and government organizations are keeping their ears to the ground listening for any rumblings of religious talk in the public square. And when I say “religious talk” I mean Christian. For no other religion seems to be as persecuted as much as Christianity. Even with the stigma that Islam has in the U.S. you still see people being careful about what they say about Islam.
And because of this pressure to conform you often see the Gospel get watered down in order not to offend anyone or Christians backing down and retreating when pressured.
Where is the boldness?
Where is the confidence?
Where is the faith?
As Peter and John were before the council in Acts 4, they were questioned as to where they got their authority to preach what they were preaching. Peter went on to speak with boldness the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The council then gathered to confer; trying to decide what to do with these guys since they couldn’t deny the “noble sign” they performed (healing of a lame man). So the council ordered Peter and John to shut up. They didn’t want this message to spread.
Do you have the boldness, confidence and the faith of Peter and John? This faith is nothing otherworldly. Simply look to scripture. Look to God in prayer. Ask for strength to stand firm. Ask for the faith to not water down the Gospel. Ask for the wisdom to speak out. Pray those verses from Acts 4 that I included here and trust that God is with you.
Jesus died for you and rose that you may live. And no one can take that away. Not the government. Not a civil rights watchdog group. No one. Stand strong and speak with all boldness in the name of Jesus Christ.
Praise be to God!
The Pastor -|—