Thoughts to Live By
“..for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”
Proverbs 23:7

Being Bold For Christ

“And now Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.” Acts 4:29

One of the hardest things we find to do is to be a bold Christian for Christ and not fear what man will say or do when we proclaim His name to the world. To understand the event that brought this request before the Lord . Please read Acts 3:1-26 and Acts 4:13 – 29; Consider three things that were involved in the disciples request for boldness.

THERE IS THE PRAYER FOR BOLDNESS. Praying and asking the Lord for such boldness is more than just crying out to the Lord to provide that boldness.

First, there is a searching of one’s heart. Psalm 139:23,24

Second, there should be a conviction of sin and self desire in the heart by the Holy Spirit. John 16:7,8

Thirdly, there needs to be a repentant heart. Psalms 51:1-4

Fourthly, a confession of sin and self-desire. I John 1:9

Fifthly, an empty vessel to be filled by His Holy Spirit. Acts 4:31

THERE IS THE PURPOSE FOR BOLDNESS. There is a four-fold purpose for boldness for witnessing.

  1. People need us to be bold because people need the Lord. An example of this would be the impotent man in Acts 3:1-10 asking for alms at the gate of the temple called beautiful.
  1. To exalt the name of Jesus and not be ashamed of His name. Acts 4:7, 12
  1. The end result is that people get saved.

*The lame impotent man got saved Acts 3:12-19
*About 5,000 men got saved in Acts 4:4

  1. The final purpose is to take away all our fear. II Timothy 1:7

THERE IS THE POWER FOR BOLDNESS. One who is given ability to speak with power, that mighty power of God inherent in Christ. This power is lent to His witnesses and ambassadors.

  1. With this great power we are able to be a bold witness for Christ. Acts 4:33a
  2. Great grace is upon us. Acts 4:33.b
  3. The compassion of Christ should fill our hearts. Matthew 9:36

On March 21-24, 2012 AFC National Ministries will be hosting our Daytona 45 Missions Trip. Young people and adult chaperones will be coming from all across America to Daytona Beach, Florida to be trained one day and witness for 2 ½ days to the lost youth of America. In the past 44 years of this ministry sold out, fully clothed, spirit filled young people have won 101,767 people to a saving knowledge of Christ. Would you please pray for these young people and adult chaperones as we all seek this boldness from the Lord on our witness for Him? We will give a report in the next article of the results of God’s blessings. Again the dates to pray for us are March 21-24, 2012.

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