Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings and
grant Your slaves to speak Your word with all boldness, (31)
And when they had so besought, the place in which they were
gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Some have an excellent inward disposition, but they are very
timid. They have to make up their mind a few times before
they can stand up to speak or testify for the Lord. Some have
believed in the Lord, but they are afraid of passing out
gospel tracts to others. Before I received the outpouring of
the Spirit, I would follow a friend for a mile or two
and still not muster enough boldness to open up my mouth to
testify to him. After I received the outpouring of the
Spirit, I was no longer afraid of anything.
A self-conscious person pays attention to how well he dresses
and how others respond to his words, etc. When he is invited
to a meal, he cannot speak to others about the gospel in a
released way. He cannot speak to a stranger without preparing
himself carefully before he speaks... Sometimes we are too
restrained in the meetings. When there is too much restraint,
no one will dare to speak. Once there was a meeting in a
brother's living room. The Spirit came down, and everyone who
was present was released. This kind of freedom is not
licentiousness but a liberation in the spirit.... Only those
who are free from self-consciousness can work for God, and
the only way we can be delivered from our self-consciousness
is through the outpouring of the Spirit.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible
and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee. The Works of the
Holy Spirit. The Collected Works...vol. 41, pp. 167-168.
Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.