Research shows that public speaking is ranked among people’s top fears. We all have felt deep anxiety prior to speaking in front of a large crowd; some of us even feel pressure in small group conversing. As Christians, one of our main callings is to spread the Gospel of Christ. For many, this is a daunting task. The good news is God has given His Holy Spirit to embolden us. In Acts 1:8, we learn that the Holy Spirit empowers us to be effective witnesses for Jesus. He gives us the boldness to testify for Christ in situations where we would normally be fearful or timid. But in order for us to receive this power, we must first call upon Him and ask Him to work through us. Not everyone is called to preach in front of large groups, but each of us is given the capability to spread the good news of salvation in some way.
Acts 1:8 NIV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
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