Read: Acts 4:29-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

Think back to a moment when you had to stand up for something you believed in, even though it was uncomfortable or risky. Maybe it was speaking up in a meeting, defending a friend, or sharing your faith with someone who might not have been receptive. The adrenaline, the racing heart, and the uncertainty of the outcome can make such moments daunting. But, it’s in these very moments that true boldness shines through.

Paul and his companions demonstrated remarkable boldness in proclaiming the gospel, despite having suffered and been mistreated. This boldness was not rooted in their strength but in God, who empowered them through the Holy Spirit. The early church exhibited this same boldness, praying for courage to continue speaking God’s word despite threats and persecution.

Boldness in God comes from a deep reliance on the Holy Spirit, who fills us with the courage and conviction to stand firm in our faith and proclaim the gospel. This boldness is essential, especially when facing opposition and challenges in our Christian walk.

Reflect on times when you have needed boldness to stand firm in your faith. Consider how you can cultivate a deeper reliance on the Holy Spirit to empower you with the courage to speak and live out the gospel boldly.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. When have you needed boldness to stand firm in your faith?
  2. How can you rely more on the Holy Spirit for courage and strength?
  3. What steps can you take to proclaim the gospel boldly in your daily life?