Acquire Boldness….

For it is to us God has revealed them through his spirit, for the spirit searches into all things, even the deep things of God.


The most direct way to receive God’s holy spirit is to ask for it. Jesus told his listeners: “If you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”  Indeed, we should constantly pray for holy spirit. If certain aspects of the ministry doing street witnessing, preaching informally, or working business territory Intimidate us, we can pray to Jehovah for his spirit and ask him to help us muster up the needed boldness.

That is what a Christian woman named Rosa did. One day when Rosa was at her place of work, a schoolteacher she works with was reading a report from another school about the mistreatment of children. The teacher was so disturbed by what she read that she cried out, “What is this world coming to?” Rosa could not pass up such an opportunity to give a witness. What did she do to get the courage to speak up? “I prayed to Jehovah and asked for his spirit to help me,” says Rosa. She was able to give a fine witness and make a follow-up arrangement. Consider also the case of a five-year-old girl named Milane, who lives in New York City. Milane says: “Before I go to school, my mommy and I always pray to Jehovah.” What do they pray for? Courage for Milane to take her stand and speak up about her God! “This has helped Milane to explain her position on birthdays and holidays and refrain from joining in when those occasions are observed,” says her mother. Do these examples not show that when it comes to mustering up boldness, prayer works?

Reflect also on what helped the prophet Jeremiah to acquire boldness. When Jehovah appointed him as a prophet to the nations, Jeremiah replied: “Here I actually do not know how to speak, for I am but a boy.”  In time, though, Jeremiah became so persistent and forceful in his preaching activity that many viewed him as a calamity howler.  For over 65 years, he boldly proclaimed Jehovah’s judgments. So well-known was he in Israel for his fearless and courageous preaching that some 600 years later when Jesus spoke with boldness, some believed that he was Jeremiah returned to life. How did the initially reluctant prophet Jeremiah overcome his shyness? He states: “In my heart the word of God proved to be like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I got tired of holding in.”  Yes, Jehovah’s word exerted power on Jeremiah and impelled him to speak.

In his letter to the Hebrews, the apostle Paul wrote: “The word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and their marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  The message, or word, of God can affect us the way it affected Jeremiah. Remember that although men were used to write the Bible, it is not a compilation of human wisdom, for it was inspired by God.

At 2 Peter 1:21, we read: “Prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.” When we take time to engage in meaningful personal study of the Bible, our minds become filled with the message inspired by holy spirit.  That message can prove to be “like a burning fire” inside us, so that we will be unable to keep it in.


~ by DJ Camstar on 15/02/2017.

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