Week Two – Day 5

Boldness

TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetable, nuts and water only)

Devotional:

Read Acts 4:1-31

Do you find it difficult to share your faith?  Most Christians do.  Feelings of inadequacy always seem to creep in.  Or we find ourselves thinking how unqualified we are to speak boldly.  We say to ourselves, “I don’t know the Bible that well,” or, “I am new to the faith,” or, “I don’t have all the answers.”  Oftentimes we look at our past mistakes, our imperfections, and our personal failures as disqualifying us from being used by God.  We conclude that sharing the Good News of Christ might better be left for the “experts” or a pastor, or even those guys on TV.

In Acts 4, Peter and John stand before the rulers, elders, and teachers of the law and declare boldly, “Salvation is found in Jesus Christ of Nazareth who was crucified and raised from the dead.  There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Don’t you wish you had that kind of filled-with-the-Holy-Spirit boldness and clarity?  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to state the truth of Jesus with such a clear passion?  How were they able to do this?

Here is the best part:  Scripture states that these religious leaders were astonished by their courage because – don’t miss this – they were unschooled, ordinary men.  They concluded that the only possible source of their boldness was that “these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

There is our answer!  As we spend time with Jesus in prayer, His Word, fellowship, accountability, fasting, and service, we will grow in confidence.  We too will know that He will lead us to open doors to share our faith and He will give us the words to say.  Let it be said of us today, “these men have been with Jesus.

Prayer Focus:

As you fast and pray for boldness this week, be encouraged. God is walking with you and is already preparing your heart and mind for exactly what you will say. Just open your mouth and let Him speak! Pray that God will give you the right words to say at the right time to the right people.

Key Verse:

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 NIV

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