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There was a small-in-stature accountant who rode the bus to work every morning. One night he began to pray and ask the Lord to send him someone to tell about Jesus. The next morning, he got on the bus and took his seat. Again, he prayed for the Lord to send him someone to tell about Jesus. When the bus made its first stop, a six foot five inch, 300 pound biker got on the bus. He had on his leather biker vest and was covered in gang tattoos. He took the seat right beside the now nervous accountant. Immediately, the accountant began to pray, “Lord, can you send me someone else?”
Like a person refusing to accept delivery on a package, that accountant refused to accept that God had delivered a biker to him to tell him about Jesus. Fear and a lack of confidence took over.
Fear and lack of confidence in telling people about the Lord is very common. We are afraid of making a mistake and messing it up. The reality is that the person is on their way to hell, so there really isn’t anything to mess up.
In the book of Acts in chapter 3, Peter and John were on their way to the Temple in Jerusalem when they met a man who was well into his 40’s and had been lame since birth. They healed him and a huge crowd gathered around. Peter took this opportunity to begin to tell people about Jesus. Over 5,000 people came to faith in Jesus that day, but John and Peter were arrested and spent the night in jail.
When they stood before the religious leaders the next day, they were warned not to talk about Jesus anymore. Peter and John said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20) What an awesome response!
When Peter and John returned to the other believers, they gathered together and prayed. Their prayer was incredible. In their prayer, they first recognized that the plots and schemes of the people who opposed them were useless. Second, they recognized that God was in complete control, even to the point of appointing Pilot and Herod to carry out God’s plan of redemption. These powerful leaders were nothing more than pawns in God’s hands. Finally, they prayed for even more confidence and boldness to tell people about Jesus.
The best part is that they didn’t just pray for more confidence and boldness, they went out and depended on God to deliver it to them as they continued to boldly preach Jesus throughout Jerusalem.
God is truly in control of the everyday events of your life. Remember, as Matthew 10:30 tells us, He even knows “the number of hairs on your head”. He is simply waiting for you to call on Him so that He can deliver to you the ability to tell someone about Jesus. Why not start now and begin asking God for confidence and boldness to tell others about His Son. Just like God delivered that biker to that accountant, He will deliver confidence and boldness to you. The question is, are you willing to accept delivery?
These are your Words for Wednesday.
Just a reminder that we will be having a training session for everyone who will be serving as a counselor for the revival this coming Sunday evening at 4:30 at Pleasant Grove in their fellowship hall. Following that at 6:00, we are having a special joint prayer and worship meeting with Pleasant Grove in their sanctuary, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Have a great rest of your week!
In Christ,

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