(Maintain Your Boldness In Preaching The Gospel)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
(Acts 20:22-24 NIV)
“Gordon, I think we should cancel this meeting altogether in light of the recent warnings,” Eric counselled. “Yeah, perhaps we just postpone the meeting till everything calms down? I bet the school authorities have us in their sights, as they have been looking for a way to indict us now that holding large religious meetings has been banned.” “Hey, the Lord has told us to do this, and we can’t back down! Come what may, but this is the best time to preach the Gospel.” Gordon affirmed strongly. Emboldened by Gordon’s bold resolve, the three friends went ahead to hold their crusade and a massive turnout of souls, including a few high-ranking school officials who had intended to stop the meeting, were led to Christ that night!
Jesus Christ is truly the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but by Him. Be convinced and compelled by this truth, and preach it boldly. Don’t be afraid of being persecuted for proclaiming His Name. The early apostles were beaten and threatened never to proclaim the Name of Jesus. But rather than give in to the faithless religious and government authorities, they preached Christ even more boldly and filled the whole of Jerusalem with their doctrine (Acts 5:28).
There’re antichrist spirits in the world today, working against the preaching of the Gospel, but they’re not a factor, because we’ve already overcome them. 1 John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Emulate Paul’s love for Christ and passion for the Gospel (Acts 20:22-24). This glorious Gospel which has been committed to your trust is worth everything. Therefore, preach it boldly everywhere!
Go Deeper: 2 Timothy 3:12 NIV; Proverbs 31:8-9; Matthew 10:32-35
Speak: Precious Father, I thank you for your Word in my heart is as a burning fire shut up in my bones. I fulfil my calling as a bearer of divine truths to my world, standing firm in the faith, and undeterred to spread your righteousness around the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR Matthew 3, Genesis 6-8
TWO YEAR Acts 6:9-15, Nehemiah 6
Act: Don’t stop preaching the Gospel to those around you today. Lead them in the prayer of salvation and invite them to Church as well.