Thursday, July 25, 2013

Freedom to Speak...is it internal or external?

Here is a thought I had from devos this morning:
Freedom to speak God's word does not come from the authorities but from God pouring out His Spirit into our hearts, so we don't lose heart.

() Consider Acts 4:29-31
"And nowLordtake note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence",
And when they had prayed, the place where * they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

The word "confidence" & "boldness" is the Greek word parresias. It means to speak openly, freely, plainly, boldly, confidently.  This is a conjunction of pas & reo- reo means to "pour forth".  

In this context, the believers were praying in the face of persecution from the Jewish religious authorities.  Here is the scene of their prayer meeting: 
1. The believers prayed together for the ability to speak the word of God.
2. God filled them with the Holy Spirit.
3. They began to speak God's word openly.

Questions: Did the Jewish authority cease to exist at this moment?  Then what changed?  
The Holy Spirit filled these believers afresh & they went out, without fear, into their culture.

Prayer:
Oh Father, help me to freely speak your word, so that I may help others come to know Jesus.  May my life, today, be an inspiration.  Let people see my good works and glorify You. 

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