This past weekend I heard a wonderful sermon challenging Christians to be more verbal in their faith.
It is funny how so many of us can start off "on fire" for God and happily sharing what He has done for us with others--praising Him, sharing our testimonies, and so forth.
But what happens when time goes by and that praise comes under fire?
When that testimony is questioned?
What happens when persecution comes?
Perhaps someone has mocked or ridiculed you in the past and you did not expect it. It caused you to think twice before sharing again.
It caused you not to speak up in the crowd.
It caused you to think twice and then be silent.
While there might be times to be silent, there are a thousand more times that we need to speak up about the Lord. We need to give God the credit for what He has done in our lives. We need to share what His powerful hand has done and shout it from the rooftops (in a loving way, mind you) to a world that is dying.
So has Satan silenced you?
Has he used fear?
Has he caused you to doubt yourself?
Don't be silenced, dear Christian. Imagine if the person who first shared the Lord with you was too afraid. Too timid of what you would have thought or said. You might not be here today. You might not have the convictions that you have.
Thank God for those who spoke up, who were not afraid.
Who were not silenced.
May the Lord give us the courage to speak boldly into darkness drawing the world to the light of Jesus, unashamed of the story of His great love.
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