WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.
Acts 14:3 (NLT)
INFLUENCE IN A DIVIDED CULTURE: SPEAK UP – TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE JESUS HAS MADE
When the blacksmith strikes his hammer repeatedly on the anvil, it is said that the same anvil will wear out many hammers. Those who strike Christians are creating boldness in the body of Christ. When Christians are persecuted there is more courage.
In Acts 14:3, the attacks against Christians and the gospel just gave the apostles more boldness. They stayed and boldly preached about the grace of God. Tony Merida observes that “They preached about the grace of Jesus, while they relied on the grace of Jesus. They weren’t not preaching a message of condemnation but instead preached a message of forgiveness.”
What comes to mind when you think about bold preaching? In the passage we read, their bold preaching was filled with grace. What would keep you from boldly telling other people about God’s grace and forgiveness?
In Ephesians 6:19, the Apostle Paul made this prayer request, “Pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” Let this be your prayer today.