One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. – Acts 18:9
God spoke to Paul a vision, and He speaks the same words to us today.
Do not be afraid. Paul had just been verbally abused by the religious leaders. In the past he has been assaulted, beaten and stoned. Although he was a great servant of God, even Paul experienced fear and apprehension. God reassured him, and He does the same for us now. When we are insulted and even threatened for our faith, God tells us to not be afraid. We might feel vulnerable or unsafe, but God is always with us. We cannot give into the fear of embarrassment or reprisal, but push aside anxiety with the courage of God’s promises.
Keep on speaking. God has promised to give us the right words and the right opportunities. His Spirit will bring to our hearts and minds what we should say in every situation as we share His love with others. We do not hide who we are, but we declare that God is our Father and we are His children. We boldly talk up God’s grace and our salvation.
Do not be silent. God fills us with His love. The joy and enthusiasm He brings means we can never be silent. His praise should always on the verge of bubbling out, which in turn speaks the message of Jesus’ love and deliverance. God is good, and we can never keep that to ourselves. No whispering, speak up!