From Emmaxson’s Blog – The Nigerian Christian Web Blog & Resource Center
Exercise Your Freedom of Thought, Conscience And Faith!
And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly (Acts 18:26)
As a believer in Christ Jesus, you have a right to boldly declare your faith at every given opportunity without reservations. You must never be shy or intimidated to publicly proclaim the Name of Jesus.
On October 1st for example, the country’s (Nigeria) Independence Day anniversary was celebrated in various public placed across the country. At the different venues, they probably had religious men come forward to pray for the country. But when a Christian minister is invited to pray at such events, it’s an opportunity for him to testify of Christ to his state and indeed the whole nation by praying in the Name of Jesus. There had been some however who had such an opportunity but wouldn’t pray in the Name of Jesus, so as not to offend “other” religions. How sad.
God gave you His Spirit to live in you and embolden you, so you’ll never be timid or intimidated to proclaim Jesus openly. Acts 1:8 says “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” That’s how Jesus’ disciples, who were once timid, became firebrand ministers of the Gospel; they received the Holy Spirit.
If you’re asked to pray or speak anywhere as a Christian, don’t be ashamed to speak in Him Name. Remember the words of Jesus: “Whatsoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).
We’re blessed to be a in a country where even the constitution entitles us to the freedom of thought, conscience and faith, including the freedom to manifest and propagate our faith or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance. We therefore have no excuse not to preach the Gospel with all fervency like we should. Start exercising your God-given freedom to preach the Gospel today!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the freedom I enjoy, not only as a citizen of your glorious Kingdom, but also of this great nation, Nigeria. I exercise my freedom of thought, conscience, and faith today without reservations, knowing that whosoever the Son has made free is free indeed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Acts 14;3; John 8:36
Source: Rhapsody of Realities (…A Daily Devotional)