Monday, February 11

Keep listening, keep speaking

Scripture: Leviticus 15-17, Acts 18

Acts 18:9–10 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

Observation:

Paul was experiencing both success and opposition in Corinth.  In the midst of this, Jesus appears to him in a vision and gives him this encouraging word.  As a result, the normally transient missionary settles there and spends the next 18 months evangelizing and discipling in Corinth.

Application

First, I love that Jesus spoke to Paul and speaks to us.  God wants to have a conversational relationship with us.  He is not silent—He speaks!  On Saturday night, as I was driving to church to celebrate Life Center’s 40th Anniversary, I asked Him if there was anything He wanted to say to me…and there was!  His word to me, like this word to Paul, was very encouraging!  Keep listening to Jesus!

Second, I love the content of this word:

  • Don’t be afraid.
  • Don’t be silent, but keep speaking.
  • For I am with you
  • And I have many people in this city. 
  • No one will attack or harm you.

Jesus wants us, like Paul, to keep speaking, keep sharing the gospel fearlessly.  He is with us, and He has many people in our city.  I believe this means not only are there already many believers, but many more people who will become believers if we’ll keep speaking!  So don’t be afraid!  Keep speaking for Jesus! 

Prayer: Lord, help me first to keep listening to You, and then help me to fearlessly keep speaking for you.