Speaking Up For Christ
If you’re like me, You’ve had quite a number of experiences where you were supposed to speak up for Jesus but due to fear of looking different, You kept your mouth shut. In my mind, I’ve tried to rationalize my decision of keeping quiet by telling myself it’s better to be silent than saying something not in agreement with the popular opinion. But it’s a common saying that in some situations, silence equals consent. Truly, deep down we know that. Jesus says if we are ashamed of him in the presence of men, he will be ashamed of us too in the presence of his father in heaven. Even with this knowledge, most times we know exactly what He wants us to speak but fear takes over and boom! We’re struck mute.
Now, most times after these moments happen to me I go back to God feeling like a failure or a disappointment. Many times I beat myself up for days concerning the issue even when I know God has forgiven me for it. I’ve realized it’s okay to feel guilty for doing something wrong, that’s the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Feeling shame and having thoughts of being a failure, that’s not from God; that’s from the devil. If you are also struggling with this same thing, here are a few tips on being able to move in God’s boldness in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.
First, Ask God for Forgiveness.
here are times when we know we should have spoken up but because we were surrounded by people who don’t believe in God we are scared of looking like a religious fanatic and we just keep quiet. The devil may use the guilt of not speaking up as an opportunity to bring condemnation, but tell yourself over and over again- as many times as it requires you to believe it, that God has forgiven you. We all make mistakes but that in no way makes me us a failure. God loves us still, and if you don’t speak up it’s not the end of the world.
If you’re facing something similar, feelings of guilt for going back to that sin you promised God you’d never go back to, you’re not alone. Even Paul laments about the same thing in Romans 7:19 where he says, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep doing.” So even the super apostle Paul is in our camp as well. So, do not let the devil feed you with lies, God has forgiven you, forgive yourself and move on.
Pray for wisdom and courage.
Ask for wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent. Ask for wisdom to know exactly what to say and ask for the courage to actually say it as well. I know it’s hard in a place where most people do not believe in God, to talk comfortably about Him without sounding like a weirdo. However, to say yes to Jesus is to say no to the world and its attractions, such as fitting in. Plus, it’s an honor to ‘suffer’ for the sake of Jesus. Obviously suffering is not easy so that’s why we ask for the courage and the boldness to speak unapologetically for God irrespective of its consequences. If you failed the last time, look forward to speaking up the next time. If you are like me and you are battling with fear of speaking out boldly for Christ, repeat this prayer aloud and believe that Jesus can change that today.
“Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I have failed to speak out for you. Thank you for your forgiveness and give me the grace to forgive myself, along with the wisdom and courage to navigate my way through school and work, and speak boldly of you and your goodness. Amen!”
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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