What Jesus Did! 'No Fear' — Matthew 10:26-27

Friday, May 7, 2021

[Jesus continued his warning and instructions to the apostles when he sent them out:] "But don't be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!"
— Matthew 10:26-27 NLT

Key Thought

"Don't be afraid!" That's the key command in the verses of this section. We have the message of truth. We have the message that can stand in the light of day. While it may have been whispered in darkness at one time, the day has come for it to be recognized as the truth in the full light of the day by all people (Matthew 28:18-20). As disciples, we must proclaim the truth today in full view of everyone. Jesus is the one who has revealed it. Jesus is the one who ensures it. Jesus is the one who has sent us to proclaim it. Jesus is the one who will make it come to pass! So we must proclaim it without fear!

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, Savior and King Immortal, give me courage to stand for your truth when darkness gathers all around me and the forces of darkness try to shame and threaten me into silence. May my words be truthful. May my words bring you glory and proclaim Jesus' victory. May my words be spoken with power and conviction, gentleness and humility. May my words be the words you would have me speak so that those who are trapped in darkness may see your light. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 6:18-20
  • Colossians 4:3-4
  • Mark 4:21-25


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Illustration of Matthew 10:26-27 NLT — "But don't be afraid of those who threaten you."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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