Keep on speaking!

Scripture reading for May 29th:  Acts 18

Paul had left Athens and went on to Corinth.  There he joined up with Jewish believers Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who were tent-makers like he was.  Paul devoted himself to preaching exclusively to the Jews, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ.  This caused dissension and the Jews became abusive.  Paul shook out his clothes and warned them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am clear of my responsibility.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  (Acts 18:6)

Paul moved his preaching base to a home in Corinth and had many converts who were baptized.  “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid:  keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”  So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.”   (Acts 18:9-11)

The Holy Spirit brought a vision to Paul on this missionary journey.  This vision gave some specific instructions.  First of all, Paul was not to be afraid of any opposition or persecution that might come his way.  The Lord promised that he would be kept safe!  He also told Paul to keep on preaching!  This was no time to be silent or shrink back or even to move on to another field!  God had many more people that would be reached in this city where he was now placed.

Are you worried about persecution or opposition?  Do you keep silent when you know the Good News is needed?  Let this Scripture and vision to Paul encourage you today to be bold and strong!  Fear not!  Open your mouth and share the Gospel!  God will bring in the harvest!

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