‘Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”’ (Acts 18:9-10 NKJV).


After Paul preached Jesus as the Christ to the members of the Corinthian synagogue, they opposed him. But he didn’t let fear of opposition stop his preaching of the gospel. Instead, he shifted his ministry focus to the Gentiles in the city. Yet, the opposition among the Corinthian Jews increased. In the midst of this, the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, telling him not to fear, nor to be silent, but to continue to preach. For the Lord was with him, protecting him and calling many to follow. So Paul ministered in Corinth for over a year and a half and saw great fruit there.
Sometimes we let the fear of opposition keep us silent, but doesn’t the Lord still say to us, “Do not keep silent, for I am with you.”? It has been so easy to preach the gospel in America for so long, but now it seems the opposition is growing. Is this a bad thing? Perhaps not. Perhaps the Lord has many people in our country that still need to hear, if only we do not let fear keep us silent.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we will not keep silent for You are always with us. Give us a holy boldness to always speak the good news of Your Son, Jesus Christ. For we are convinced that He is the answer to our sin-sick world. Strengthen our hands and hearts for the work. In Jesus’ name, amen.