Fearless Sharing

Read Acts 6:9-10 -  “Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”

Luke 12:11-12 -   “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Luke 21:14-15 - “Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”

     You can read Stephen’s entire speech in chapter seven of Acts. But what we want to focus on today is how Stephen spoke with such boldness and wisdom that his adversaries "could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking." Reading the Amplified version of verse 10 gives us even greater understanding:

      “But they were not able to resist the intelligence and the wisdom and [the inspiration of] the Spirit with which and by Whom he spoke.” (Acts 6:10 AMP)

     The verses we read in the book of Luke today are "red letter" verses, meaning that these words were spoken by Jesus himself. Jesus was warning his followers in both of these chapters of Luke that they would be persecuted for His sake. What Jesus assures His followers in these verses is exactly what happened to Stephen when he entered into debate with those who rose up against him in the synagogue of the Freedmen. Stephen spoke with wisdom, by the Spirit. Those of us who are believers, also have the Spirit of the Living God living inside of us. We too, are able to speak with such wisdom and boldness as the Spirit enables us to do so. We must spend time in prayer and studying His word and to simply trust in Him.

Why should we not be afraid to share our faith with unbelievers, no matter the hostility or resistance?

Pray and ask the Holy Spirt to give you wisdom and boldness and find someone this week with which to share your faith.