Emanna for 09/06/2020

Overcoming Our Fear to Speak the Gospel

Bible Verses

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes... 2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and of love and of sobermindedness.

Words of Ministry

Some people dare not confess
[the Lord Jesus]
because they are afraid of men. When they look at their parents' faces or their friends' faces, they feel too shy to speak up. Actually, the person you fear may be very willing to listen to you. There is a story about two persons who were colleagues. One was a believer the other was not. The one who believed was very timid; the one who did not believe was also very timid. The timid believer did not dare tell his colleague that he was saved. The one who did not believe was puzzled by the great changes that were happening to his colleague. His colleague used to have a quick temper but had now changed. He dared not ask his colleague the reason. One day the believer could not hold back any longer. After praying about it, he went to the other one and shook his hand tightly and said, "I am a very timid person. For at least three months I have been struggling to tell you something. Now I am going to tell you. I have believed in Jesus." After saying these words, his face turned pale. The other one said, "I too have waited for three months. I wanted to ask why you have become so different, but I was too afraid to ask." The believer mustered enough courage to open his mouth. From that time on, the opportunity opened up, and he was able to bring his friend to the Lord.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 62-63. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 7/27/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.