Read Acts 18:1-28
Key Verse: Acts 18:9 “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told, ‘Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent!” (NLT)
Paul had tried and tried to convince the Jewish people that they had been wrong about Jesus and that He really was the Messiah that they were looking for. Paul became frustrated with them and decided to forget about preaching to the Jews, he would rather focus his attention on the gentiles because they listened. God spoke to Paul in a vision and told him to do some very important things. God’s instructions to Paul were to first of all not be afraid and secondly to speak out about his faith.
God knew that Paul’s real reason for not wanting to continue to share his faith with the Jews was that Paul was afraid of what they may do to him. Paul needed to know that God was with him, that God was looking out for him, and that everything was going to be okay (v. 10). Then God told him to speak out and not be silent. The message is far too important to keep to yourself or hold back from anyone.
God may want to say the same things to you today. ‘Don’t be afraid, I’m with you. Whatever else you do, speak out, don’t be silent.’ Never let fear stop you from Acting Out for God. He knows your scared and He promises to be with you every step of the way. God made it very clear that He wanted Paul to keep on sharing his faith no matter how afraid he was. God doesn’t want us to remain silent either. He will be with you and he understands your fears but the message is far to important to keep to yourself.
Prayer: “Lord, thank-you for always being with me. I never need to be afraid as long as you are right there beside me.”