Matthew 19:26-But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Have you ever had the opportunity to share Jesus with someone…like you knew that you knew that you knew that God had opened the doors, and this was the moment that you were supposed to walk through them, and share Jesus and you got scared? You didn’t do it?
Yeah, me, too! You’re not alone. In fact, the last time I remember this happening was about a year and a half ago. I had a lady ask me why I was so happy all the time and instead of sharing Jesus with her...my hands began to get sweaty, my face started turning red, the temperature in the room seemed to rise by about 100 degrees and I chickened out.
I had a problem, I believed a lie from the enemy that I didn’t have the right words.
The truth was, I was scared and instead of speaking God’s truth to myself in that moment:
2 Timothy 1:7- God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
My mind went blank!
Today, we're talking about boldness.
Before we get into the practicals of what to do, I want to share with you our theme verse for UncommonTEEN: Acts 4:13 says, “The council members were astonished as they witnessed the bold courage of Peter and John, especially when they discovered that they were just ordinary men who had never had religious training. Then they began to understand the effect Jesus had on them simply by spending time with him.”
In this verse, we see that Peter and John had a bold courage. They didn’t have the bold courage, though, because they were naturally born with it. They received that bold courage because of spending time with Jesus.
Actually, Peter, if you remember the account of Jesus right before He goes to the cross doesn't just shy away from telling others about Jesus, but denies Jesus 3 times in one night!
Peter was so afraid…that same sweaty palms, red in the face, feeling like the temperature in the room just went up about 50 degrees, right? And he failed the test. He denied Jesus 3 times.
Ladies, we’re not alone….and I don’t know about you, but this gives me hope. If someone could deny Jesus…not just shy away from telling them about Jesus, but completely deny Him to wear He’s using profanity…and God still used Him to make that major impact we saw in Acts 4, He can use us, too!
Going back to Acts chapter 1. Let's look at what happened that transformed Peter from denying Jesus into sharing Jesus with such great boldness.
Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
This is what changed for Peter. In Acts 2:1-4, we see that He received the gift of the Holy Spirit on the inside of him and it gave him power to be a witness and share Jesus with great boldness.
They had so much boldness, that we see in Acts 4:13, that the crowd marveled at them. They weren’t experts, they weren’t bible scholars, they were just ordinary men…actually they were just fisherman. Nothing fancy.
However, boldness, doesn’t just come all by itself because we have the Holy Spirit in us. I had the Holy Spirit in me when I talked to that lady on the phone…why didn’t I have the boldness to share the good news with her?
We need to seek out boldness by praying. Asking God for it!