Speak Bolder Be Bolder


And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:29-31

So Peter and John, who were previously arrested, have now been released. And they have returned to their friends and recounted everything that happened. And it appears that all the followers were a little surprised, maybe because they didn't expect them to return. In fact, the last time a trial of this type was held, a man was arrested, tried, beaten, sentenced, and crucified. So, this time the followers are not only ecstatic but erupt into a grateful and spontaneous prayer because they are pretty excited that God is using to perform miracles and preach the truth. But notice the focus of the prayer. The focus is on speaking the word with boldness.

You see, they lived in a time where the religious and political influencers could not tolerate the truth. The truth was too problematic for their programs, plans, policies, procedures, and positions to handle. Therefore instead of embracing the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and in his name he was healing people, they opted for silencing that truth. What the Council wanted was silence, not the truth, and this is why they commanded Peter and John not to speak about Jesus. But they refused. Leaving unharmed, they return even more emboldened and ready to speak even bolder in his name.

We live in this time. A time where many are confused by what is the truth. And a few big entities are spinning the storyline. They do this because they have their programs, plans, policies, procedures, and positions. So they prefer not to hear the truth, but advance their version of the truth that advances their position. Therefore they want to distort, dismiss, silence, and cancel anything that opposes their position. And what followers need to do, is the same thing the disciples do here — preach the truth and pray for boldness. We should be praying right now for bold voices. God would use men and women to speak God's truth boldly in a world that is desperate for the truth. So today, don't pray that things get back to normal — pray for boldness. And let's invite Jesus to shake things up and show us miraculous things.

ASK THIS: Are you ready to live bolder? Why or why not?

DO THIS: Be bolder with the message of truth.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the gift of boldness. Make me a bolder witness. Give me one opportunity to speak your truth a little bolder today than I have before.

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11 thoughts on “Speak Bolder Be Bolder

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    we do live in a world where things that are CLEARLY against the word of God, people trying to redefine marriage and many other things God was clear on from the beginning of man’s time on earth, are being celebrated and sugarcoated. we are to LOVE all of the people created in God’s image, but we are not to CONDONE the choices they make that are against the word of God. we are NOT in a popularity contest. “In this world you WILL face trouble. But take heart, for I have overcome the world!” (Jesus)

  2. Cory B says:

    I am ready to be bolder, but it seems so much easier said than done. I pray for strength and courage to speak up and be bolder in that moment, instead of saying, “next time.”

  3. Gary Vosen says:

    Father God, give me your strength to boldly speak your word. Help me to advance your kingdom by sharing your truth.

  4. David says:

    Yes, we r living in times very similar at present, the religious and political people reject the truth of God’s Word, Evangelical Church’s are watering down the truth in many ways esp. the acceptance of LGBTQ ordained leaders etc

    • Jason says:

      Lord embolden each and every brother to speak your truth and live a life of goodness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit that is pleasing to you!

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