I was taught Biblical truths and values at home when I was growing up. And looking back, it seems remarkable that those truths and values were reinforced everywhere I went. In my neighborhood, at school, by most politicians, and much of what we watched for entertainment by and large all encouraged those same Biblical values. Rev says, he even remembers starting each day in his public school with the teachers leading the class in praying the Lord’s Prayer and saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States.
It’s true, not everyone was a Christian but culture and society in general made it comfortable for those of us who were followers of Jesus.
In many ways, those days seem long gone. Around the globe the persecution of Christians is intensifying. In the U.S., we are witnessing the expression of many of our Biblical values being classified as “hate speech.” And many Christian leaders are predicting attacks on Christian truths, teachings, and Christians themselves will keep escalating.
Speaking the truth is taking more and more faith and courage all the time.
In Acts 5, Peter and the apostles were facing the same people who had crucified Jesus, the Savior. Speaking the truth could lead to their crucifixion as well. They had been arrested the day before, miraculously freed by an “angel of the Lord,” and then arrested again to stand before the same High Priest and High Council that had condemned Jesus.
And the High Priest said,
“We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!”Acts 5:28
We must obey God rather than any human authority.Acts 5:29
You and I have a choice to make. The world would have us be like many of the people who were afraid and silenced at the time of Jesus:
But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.John 7:13
The truth is . . . we have been called to live with faith and courage!
A Prayer to Live Boldly with Faith and Courage
Father, forgive us . . . forgive me. I know that I have at times been pressured into silence when I should have spoken up. I know that I have been persuaded by opinions when I want to boldly stand with faith and courage on Your truth. I am so sorry and ask You to give me the strength I need. Help me faithfully SEEK the truth of Your Word that I might know and follow Your will each day.
Jesus said that You want us to Ask, Seek, and Knock that we might grow in faith. So, today I ask You to help me trust You more and more. I love You, Lord, and I want to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please make me a faithful SEEKer of Your promises and Your will. And help me pray without ceasing . . . knocking on the throne room of mercy and grace in the name of Jesus.
Please give me the courage I need to speak the truth. Help me boldly share my faith and shine the light of Your love in a way that people want to listen and maybe even want to KNOW You because they desire the peace, joy, hope, and love that You have given me. Fill me with Your Spirit and bless me by Your grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
One thing I know for sure . . . on my own I can’t do this. On my own I’m weak and timid and boldly sharing my faith with courage is impossible.
But with God…
“Everything is possible.“Matthew 19:26
With the help of His Holy Spirit – we can KNOW, TRUST, and “obey God rather than any human authority.”
On today’s note write:
With God’s help, I will live boldly with faith and courage.
May He bless you today and give you everything you need to trust His promises and speak His truth.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
Take a moment to subscribe to Counting My Blessings and join more than 7500 of us as we read the New Testament together. We will share short posts every Monday through Friday that you can read each day or save for the weekend. Let’s study God’s Word together!
Subscribe to Blog via Email
You can also…
Leave your prayer requests…
and stop to pray one or two of the requests listed.
I’m so excited to tell you about my new book!
No matter what a busy week may throw your way, God is with you in every moment. Take a breath and find peace in Him with the 52-Week Devotional Journal for Women, a weekly devotional full of Scripture passages, unique insights, and journal prompts. Strengthen and deepen your relationship with God as you focus on faith over the course of the year.
Get your copy here!
Check out our new Facebook Page/Group – #WWGGG – What Would Give God Glory. We’d love for you to join the movement!
And always remember – I LOVE hearing from you! So, please take a minute to say ‘hi’ by leaving a comment.
If this article blessed or helped you today — would you share it with someone? Send it to a friend, family member, coworker, or share it through the links below…
I’m asking God to bless you today!