Speaking to a room full of people can be scary, very scary. But God is counting on us to speak while the devil is doing everything in his power to ensure our fear. But sometimes we are called to speak and speak we must.
Paul and the other Apostles found themselves in a similar situation.
“Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:17-20).
Stand and Speak
All commands from God are simple but not always easy. Here we have the Angel of the Lord telling Paul and the Apostles to really do nothing more than to stand and speak what they already know. Speaking is something we do daily, constantly and without thought. But sometimes to stand and to speak can be hard.
But the command by God is clear, understandable and attainable by all. We do not have to do anything, just stand and speak. We have to speak the most powerful words ever spoken, but they are not to be our words! We are to speak His words.
Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
We are to speak the words of spirit, of life, the words of Christ!
God has given us an entire book of his spirit and words in the form of the Bible. He has quickened our spirit to motivate us to, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life”. It is not, “that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6).
This is Oh so powerful, simple and easy. The words that we speak are spirit, life and they are truth but they are not ours, they are of God.
If this is so easy then why is it so hard to stand in front of people and speak it? Cue entrance of the devil. God made it so easy knowing the devil was going to make it so hard. Public speaking is scary. Even if it is just one on one most people have a great (and unfounded) fear of speaking.
Psychology Today published an article titled, “The Thing We Fear More Than Death” written by Glenn Croston, Ph.D. His opening statement says, “Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great that we fear it more than death”.
Speaking in public carries with it a fear greater than the fear of death? To rephrase that people rather die than speak? Yep, the devil has definitely entered the room.
But we as Christians should never be fearful. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
What is often referred to as the “Great Command”, Jesus Christ tells all Christians that we are to spread the word of the gospels.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Go, stand and speak! “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).