While the capacity to delineate the parts of speech and conjugate verbs is a good and valuable skill, boldness to speak in the power of the Holy Spirit is what is most needed in the body of Christ today.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit gives believers the power to speak boldly in the face of rejection, ridicule, and the riotous behavior of an unbelieving world. Like Peter, when he and John were taken by the elders because of the uproar during the healing of the impotent man in the Porch of Solomon, we must rely on the filling of the Holy Spirit to give us an unimpeded word in due season.
People, and even government, may command us not to speak in the name of Jesus; we may be limited by legislation and threats to speak only in certain venues. However, we are called to self impose that question that was posed so long ago, “whether it be right to hearken unto you more than unto God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20).
Without fear of ignominy, every subject is open for discussion and debate in the world’s marketplace, nevertheless, due to supposed personal preference in beliefs, Christians often experience anxiety when speaking to unbelievers concerning the name of Jesus. This reticence, I believe, will be eliminated as we become yielded to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Now it is time for us to pray that we all be filled with the Holy Spirit, empowering us to speak the word of God with boldness. Such boldness removes the anxiety, fear, and shame, enabling us to trust the hand of God in every good work which has been commended to us. Being filled with the Holy Spirit means that the life of God is evident within us, and we are bold to speak, knowing that God will confirm His word in us by the name of his Holy Child Jesus.
L. Jerome Jones