Sunday, February 11
Keep on speaking!
Scripture: Leviticus 15-17, Acts 18
Acts 18:9-10 The Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.”
I haven’t journaled for a week because I was in Washington DC at the National Prayer Breakfast, and the schedule was insane! I did keep up on my reading…and I prayed! ☺️
In Corinth, as everywhere else, Paul encountered opposition to his message. He was forced out of the synagogue, and went next door to Titius Justus’ house and focused on the Gentiles. In the night, Jesus came to him with this message, encouraging him to keep on speaking and not be silent. Was Paul discouraged? Was he thinking of moving on? I think the constant opposition would get old.
I wonder if “I have many people in this city” was a promise rather than a statement of fact? Since the story reads like this happened early on in his stay in Corinth, I tend to think this is a promise. It is as though God is saying, “There are still many people to win to Jesus in Corinth, so keep on speaking and don’t be silent.”
I believe this is true in our city! There are many people in our city yet to be won, who need to hear about Jesus. I was reminded at the NPB that our message is Jesus—pure and simple. We tell people about Jesus and encourage them to follow Him. Many need to know Him!
So keep on speaking!
Prayer: Lord, I pray for me, and for all the believers in my city: help us to keep on speaking about Jesus, to tell everyone we can about You!