hold not thy peace

Good morning good afternoon and or good evening wherever you are in this world. God bless you and thank you for tuning in today. This is Rev. Essie at New birth ministries. I pray that your day is blessed and if it doesn’t seem to be going that way…..Bless it yourself! God lives in you. He gave you His Power so use it! Get your Swords, a drink and a snack, and maybe a tablet and pen and sit back and we will delve into our subject after inviting the Holy Spirit. And by the way, “Happy Birthday” to my friend, Canonsburg Pa singer, Bobby Shawn.


Today we will be talking about the subject “Hold not thy peace.” We will be taking our verses from the book of acts chapter 18 verses one to 10 and it reads like this:
Paul in Corinth
Act 18:1  After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
Act 18:2  And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
Act 18:3  And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Act 18:4  And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Act 18:5  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
Act 18:6  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
Act 18:7  And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
Act 18:8  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
Act 18:9  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
Act 18:10  For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

The guilty city of Corinth tugged at Paul’s heartstrings. Paul had a great ministry and a great city. Corinth was a Grecian city. The ancient city was destroyed by the Romans in BC 146. It was rebuilt about a century afterwards. It was noted for its wealth, and for the luxurious and immoral and vicious habits of the people. It had a large mixed population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews. When Paul first visited the city (A.D. 51 or 52), Gallio, the brother of Seneca, was proconsul. Here Paul resided for eighteen months ( 18:1-18 ). Here he first became aquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, and soon after his departure Apollos came to it from Ephesus.
Ephesus was very prosperous, sophisticated, highly cultured, and was the leading city of the wealthy and populous Roman province of Asia, one of the most precious jewels in the empire’s crown. Some of its wealthiest citizens lived in expensive condominiums known as the Houses on the Slopes.
After an interval he visited it a second time, and remained for three months ( 20:3 ). During this second visit his Epistle to the Romans was written (probably A.D. 55). Although there were many Jewish converts at Corinth, yet the Gentile element prevailed in the church there.
I find it strange that a soap opera would name their city after a city that wouldn’t accept Jesus. I believe it was One life to live or All my children. And then we wonder why the characters of the shows have so many problems right? Or maybe it was the intention of the person who named it or them. We have to watch how we name our children or our projects. They sometimes take on the character of the name . It is here that Paul met the dynamite teaching team of Aquila and Priscilla. They were a husband and wife team and they were known to be very good teachers of the word. They had just come from Italy because Claudius commanded all Jews to depart from Rome. Scholars say this was right after they chose Barrabas over Jesus. And in verse 3 it was there that Paul works his trade. His trade was tent making. As you can see preachers can work. It says that he was working his craft which is not just a certain job but his trade, something that he’s good at. The Bible calls of their occupation. Are we working our occupation? I hope that whatever you are doing in your life, you’re doing something that you’re very good at. Paul, Aquila and Priscilla were all tentmakers. They all shared the same craft.
Paul wasn’t afraid to open up to the Jews, the nonbelievers. Verse four says that he reasoned every sabbath in the synagogue trying to persuade the Jews and Greeks to believe in Jesus. Paul was not ashamed in what he believed. When Paul saw Silas and Timothy coming from Macedonia he was compelled in the spirit to tell people about Jesus being Christ. This speaks of the power of two which means you get stronger when other Christians around you. We actually bounce off of one another. I was watching Prophet Tracy Cooke, and his cousin Michael doing a video one time on Facebook and they were excellent, they were literally bouncing off of one another with the word of God. You could feel the spirit of God flowing between them.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Deu 32:30  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up? Spiritual Help is always in the midst.
2Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Sometimes you may feel that you are small in number or in creative ability but that is only because you cannot see what is going on around you in the spiritual realm.
There are times when I feel alone in ministry but knowing that Jesus is with me and he died on the cross for me I know that I’m not alone. He tells me that he is with me. I hear him speaking to my heart many times. And it is awesome because they’re times that I will thank him for something and I will hear him say “you’re welcome.” Sometimes I hear angels give me confirmation whenever I am preaching. I can literally hear them say “amen.” It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that God fights your battles for you and he’s always with you. He guides us and comforts us at all times. God said he will never leave us never forsake us. Live your life for Jesus. Whatever you do – do it for the Lord. Don’t let anybody talk you out of your ministry. Col 3:23  “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” – you will have a opposers in anything that you do. Let’s read acts 18 verse six: Act 18:6  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
Paul shook off the dust and wiped the dust from his feet. I’ve had to do this a few times myself. Sometimes you have to just wipe the dust from your feet and keep on trucking. Don’t let anybody slow you down. Jesus waited for no one. He gave them a chance and kept on traveling. This is written in Matthew chapter 10 verse 14-15… Mat 10:14  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Mat 10:15  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
{ Act 13:49  And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
Act 13:50  But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
Act 13:51  But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
Act 13:52  And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. }
Paul was telling them that his personal responsibility is over. There are times in your life where you have to tell people that your personal responsibility is over and they must pick up where you left off. The last thing you want to be is to be an enabler in the wrong situation. When you do too much for people they tend to get lazy. And you are actually harming them more than helping them. People must learn lessons the same way we did. Let’s continue on for the kingdom of heaven. Plant seeds and let the Holy Spirit water them. Paul took the gospel to the Gentiles. That’s what we are supposed to do as well. Christians already know about Jesus but the world doesn’t. It’s easy to go to an established church, but it is the un-established ones you want to join or teach.
Win the opposers over don’t let them win over you. God is with you won’t allow anything to happen his spirit will keep you safe. Just as it did for Adam and Eve when he walking in the cool of the day.
Acts 18:8  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
Act 18:9  Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
Act 18:10  For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
If you notice God spoke to Paul via night vision in Acts chapter 18 verse nine. And Paul continued there a year and six months teaching the word of God. God does speak in dreams and visions. Put a notebook beside your bed and start recording your dreams.
As Paul was teaching, Crispus , chief ruler of the synagogue, Bishop, Dr., Rev., began to believe in this Jesus. That’s our job! Our job is to preach the word in season and out of season as in second Timothy chapter 4 verse 2. 2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
… (that is happening today. People will not listen to preachers who tell the truth but they love the liars, the comics, the models, the lustful spirits. You watch churches go from 500 to 20 and the lower the number the more people love that church or its leadership. And they will hate you if you say anything about it so leave it up to the Lord.)
2Ti 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2Ti 4:5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Making foolproof of your ministry is letting the world know that you are about your father’s business. It’s letting the devil know that nothing he does can take you away from God. It’s having that blessed assurance in your soul. It’s having righteous indignation in times of need. It showing love and protection to those who need it. It’s preaching when you don’t feel like preaching. It’s teaching when you don’t want to teach. Just like Jonah. It’s telling your enemies about Jesus. Its walking away from those who mock and ridicule you. It’s thinking about preaching in the morning and thinking about preaching in the evening. It’s living holy so no devil can keep a record of your wrongs. It’s not doing what your flesh wants to do. It is smacking that flesh down every time it raises its ugly head. It’s preaching the word of God even when your family and loved ones turn their backs against you. It’s crying on your pillow at night whenever your own family says you’re crazy but yet you wake up in the morning and you preach anyhow. That is foolproofing your ministry.
📖 ➠ We cannot be Sissys we must stand up and fight for Jesus he fought for us. Believe that he will back you up. Get your notebooks ready because I’m about to hit you with a lot of scripture.
Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luk 9:2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luk 9:60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Act 5:20  Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Deu 11:25  There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.
Zec 10:5  And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
Deu 28:7  The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
Jos 1:5  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Jos 23:9  For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
Do not hold your peace. Speak to God about what you need and who you need to conquer. He will give you the right words.
Exo 14:14  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exo 23:27  I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

2Sa 5:24  And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

2Ch 20:29  And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
2Ch 32:8  With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

I end this by saying be like Joshua. Let God tell you how to conquer. In Joshua chapter 11 verse 23 he took the whole land. Go out and conquer.

Are you saved? Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. With all that is going on around the world, you need a friend. Jesus can be that special friend if you allow Him into your life. He is your helper and His Holy Spirit is your Comforter.
If you are not saved, just repeat the Romans Road after me: Say “Jesus, I repent of my sins, I am so sorry Lord. I believe that you died on the cross and rose 3 days later from the dead, just for me and I accept what you have done, I accept you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus, amen.” Now go find a bible believing, Holy Ghost filled church and learn of Him, it’s never too late. Your new life starts now. All old things are gone away. God throws them as far as the East if from the West. Now….go live, laugh and love! 

Num 6:24  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
Num 6:25  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Num 6:26  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Num 6:27  And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
Thank you for coming on today and I pray that your week goes by Victoriously! 
Rev Essie signing off! God bless and have a great day!

Rev Esther R. Scott
original notes: 4/25/04


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