“Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”
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in Acts chapter 4, Peter and John were out serving the Lord, preaching His word and changing the hearts of the people. Five thousand people had already heard the word of God and believed in Him. Because of this, Peter and John were put in prison. Do we have what it takes to be persecuted for the name of Jesus? Whether we preach at a pulpit and lead thousands to the Lord, or sit at the kitchen table and teach the little ones in our lives, we are all lights in a dark world, sharing the gospel with His children. Sometimes it’s not easy to share His word, especially when we know that we might be gaslighted or targeted for speaking up, but wanting an easy life is not a good excuse to set up boundaries for Christ. Are there people in your life you don’t share the Word of God with because you font want to argue with them or make things difficult for yourself? In the workplace? In your home? In your relationships? We don’t have the right to tell God who we do and don’t want to witness to, and I promise you if you fight Him on this, you will only make things more difficult for yourself. Remember Jonah?
So, how do we reach the people in our lives that we may feel awkward speaking to or are afraid that they will resist? Firstly we must have faith. God put us in the places we are for a reason and perhaps that reason is to reach someone around us.
How do I know what to say? Remember, Holy Spirit is always with us and He will bring those words to remembrance when we need them. Study your bible and be ready to give an answer for your faith.
Here are a few easy steps to remember. Write them down and keep them close when you are in a place where you will be sharing with others.
Pray for courage and peace. Remember, you have “the Helper” living inside you. You are not alone, so step out in faith and speak life. ““But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” John 15:26 NKJV
Practice what you preach. Don’t just tell others how to act or what to believe. Show them by your daily example. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:12 NKJV
Remember that fear is not from God. Who should you be afraid of if not God? No one is more powerful. Have faith in Him. Whatever happens, He is in control. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1 NKJV
Jesus saved you and no one can take that away from you. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
Don’t be afraid to share Jesus with others, no matter who you are trying to reach or what the cost may be. Don’t let discomfort or discouragement overshadow you because God is in control. Be encouraged by His promises and show others how much He has done for you, so that they might want His presence in their life as well.