Gems 2015 — May 9 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 16-18

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 9 Scripture Selection: II Chronicles 16-18

Food for Thought: II Chron. 18:1-13

There’s always the pressure to go with the crowd and say what is expected of us instead of speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Conversations in the breakroom at work, or in the classroom, or with a neighbor or friend, are often steered by what society, or sometimes people of high positions who appear to speak with authority, has deemed right, and not what the word of the Lord has said.

There is a time to speak up in love (never in bitterness, anger, or frustration) so that people can be fair-warned, even if it seems that everyone around rejects the message. The apostles John and Peter knew exactly how that felt when they were arrested for preaching and healing a cripple in the name of Jesus (See Acts 4). They were taken before the Sanhedrin (the powerful religious court) and required to give an explanation for what they were doing. After being threatened to never use that name again, they were released. Subsequently, they prayed with the believers, asking the Lord for boldness to continue preaching the Gospel: “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:29, 30).”

The results of their heart-felt prayer were powerful, confirming the will of the Lord for them to keep on speaking the truth, regardless of the circumstances: “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).” And so it is with us today. We can pray for boldness to speak the truth in love as an anointed instrument or mouthpiece of God and, by His Spirit, see mighty wonders done through the name of the Lord Jesus. Somebody has to speak up, and it might as well be us.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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