Interesting title huh?
Some synonyms of the word ‘bold’ include courageous, confident and fearless.
Below we have God speaking to Joshua after the death of Moses; notice how many times the phrase ‘be strong and courageous’ is said. God really knows our nature as human beings.
Joshua 1:6-9 NLT –
Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.
7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This boldness I’m referring to comes from knowing who we are in Christ, from fully surrendering our lives to God, from being in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.
What does the Bible say?
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT –
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
We’re looking at the theme ‘The Body of Christ’ in my church and it promises to be exciting.
During our Bible study we looked at Acts 2.
Imagine this scene , the very same Peter who had denied Jesus not once, not twice but three times and even the third time called curses down boldly stands to declare the Word of God to a great multitude. At the end of his account, a good 3000 people give their lives to Christ.
What made the difference?? The Holy Spirit.
After all Jesus did promise to send them a helper, who would be with them forever and He sure did!
The difference the Holy Spirit makes in our lives.
He makes us bold!
He makes us speak boldly for Jesus.
I simply can’t get over the transformation of Peter! 😅
I’m sure the crowd was like — who is this man, a simple fisherman, speaking so boldly. The secret – the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4 NLT –
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.
2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.
3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.
4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Acts 2:14 NLT –
Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.,…
And we thank God for the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to be in communion with God such that we sense His leadings and follow through with them.
I’ve been amazed at how sometimes I send someone a message and I’m told that that was exactly what they needed to hear, or someone comes to mind and I reach out.
Be Bold, Be Strong
For The Lord Your God Is With You I Am Not Afraid, I Am Not Dismayed
Because I’m Walking In Faith And Victory
Come On And Walk In Faith And Victory
For The Lord Your God Is With You
Luke 12:8-12 NLT –
I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.
9 But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.
10 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 “And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say,
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”
This passage makes me see I must be bold and never ever be ashamed of my Lord.
How can I??
How can you?? God help us all!
Let’s cast fear aside, let’s not hold back, in spite of the scorn, the ridicule that we may face and booooldly declare who our God is!
Amen and Amen!!!!
God bless you!