Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
When you know God personally, no one can shut you up or stop you from speaking boldly. When you have studied, as 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, to show ourselves approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth, then like Apollos you will speak boldly, eloquently, with great enthusiasm and accuracy about Jesus Christ and what He did for us. When you know God you have no fear because He did not give us the spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7) but of power, love and a sound mind. And like Apollos we should not fear but be fierce, tenacious and fervent in the Spirit.
What I love about Apollos is that he was humble. Even though he knew a lot and was very educated, he never thought he knew everything and he let Aquilla and Priscilla broaden his knowledge by explaining and teaching him the perfect ways of God. Which as the saying goes, “You are never too old to learn,” and “There is always room for improvement.” You can never improve if you are not willing to improve or be taught. God comes up with new and improved ways for people to do their five fold duties or to teach or preach. One can’t be too pompous to the point where there is no room for improvement and God can’t use you if you are stuck-up, proud and prideful.
You have to admire the fire Apollos displayed; he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and he publicly divided the word of truth from the scriptures as we see in Acts 18:28. When you know God and have a relationship with him, no one can stand up against you because God never leaves or forsakes you, plus He raises the standard up when the enemy comes in like a flood.
No matter how articulate you are or how eloquently you put words together, if you are not open to suggestions or improvement then God cannot use you. That’s why Psalm 25:9 tells us that God will guide you and teach you His ways if you are humble. You must also remember Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that our ways and thoughts are not like His; they are a very, very great distance apart. Yet, if we are willing to be humble like Apollos we can go a very long way.
If you desire to be humble all you have to do is ask God through prayer. But if you really want Him in your life to teach and direct you, then you need to have a relationship with Him. This you can do by accepting the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Visit the Salvation page at the top of this blog site for more information.
2 Corinthians 3:9-18
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.
As Ephesians 6:18-20 says,
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.