The Holy Spirit Enables One to Speak Effectively and Boldly for the Lord


The Book of Acts has been said it was the Acts of the Apostles or Acts of the Holy Spirit. For me, I prefer the latter because we see over and over how the Holy Spirit acted to lead and empower the apostles to preach the gospel and build the church of Christ.

In today’s passage, Acts 14:1-7, we see the same dynamic once again. In this passage, we see The Holy Spirit Enables One to Speak Effectively and Boldly for the Lord.

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the gospel.

The same Spirit of God who equipped Paul and Barnabas dwells in you if you have believed and embraced the gospel. The gospel is clearly conveyed by Peter in Acts 2:22-38. We see the Holy Spirit throughout the book of Acts enabling the people of God to do His work.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has work for you to do today for His kingdom, but the work can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Surrender control of your life today; invite the Holy Spirit to take control; follow His lead today.

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