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“For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2).

The world is hostile to the Gospel.  It does take boldness, even in our day, to speak the Gospel.  Live the life of faith to which you have been called and do so boldly.  Those who actually live by faith are evident.  Remember that the faith is caught and then comes the teaching.  The Lord does send His messengers, and then those who will follow after Him.  Be bold and live by faith.

Lord, teach me to do whatever is needed so that I might truly live by faith.  Do not let me be timid, nor apologetic in my faith, but bold in all things.  Guide me in the way I need to go and help me to never consider the cost, for who could compare to the price You paid on the cross?  Let my living not be in vain, but use my witness as You will, knowing that You are working all things together for good for those who love You.

Lord Jesus, in the example You gave through Your life, death, and resurrection, Help me to be consistent in the living of my faith.  Guide me this day in order that I would hold fast to the truth You have revealed once for all.  Help me to live according to what You have taught me.  Help me to be bold in the Spirit so that I would be a witness of the faith You have given me now and forever.  Amen.