“If, however, I am guilty of anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!” – Acts 25:11
Paul, empowered by the Holy Spirit, appeared fearless. His faith remained ever firm, even in the face of fire. He did not fear death, for he was well aware of his ultimate destination. However, he did not stay silent and spoke boldly – recognizing what was right by the laws of man and in the eyes of God. Because he spoke truth, even in the presence of his accusers, he was heard and granted what he had confidently requested.
How much more should we approach our loving Lord with our requests that are intended to honor Him? He who holds our hearts in His hands, lovingly listens to us, His children, when we present our requests, prayers and petitions before Him. Though none of us are worthy in our own way, when we come before God, covered by the cross, we are counted as clean before Him – becoming blameless as our hearts are lovingly heard.
So often I stay silent, even when my heart is holding words to speak. Though He has equipped and empowered me, I still struggle with fear. He is doing something new in this season, as I sense an unlocking of what has so long bound my voice in silence. For me, this seems to be a slow and gentle process, as my Heavenly Father knows my need, and patiently presses on the places I am again being asked to give to Him. Where there was previously no place for words to escape, they have now found a pathway through pen and paper (or keyboard and screen…). He is holding my heart and supplying His strength in spaces I had never even imagined were possible. He is more than able where we most certainly are not.
Dear Heavenly Father, please equip and empower each of us to stand strong and speak boldly in spaces where Your truth must be told. May we be gentle and kind as we speak truth in love, just as You call each of us to do. Keep fear far from us and allow Your heart to be heard. Thank You for Your patience and kindness to us, as we learn to listen to Your leading. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present