Ephesians 3:10-12 (NLT) God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
To come boldly and confidently into God’s Presence. I pray for spiritual boldness for my family, friends, and church. In fact, I was praying for the confidence and boldness yesterday. As I continued to clamor on to the Lord about boldness, confidence, assurance, strength and power, somehow it became all about me. After all, isn’t that what the Lord wants of us His People. To walk with our heads held high, shoulders squared, and stride through life without a worry or care. This is boldness. To proclaim the Word of God and all its rightness to a world that has gone terribly wrong. After all, this is the Good News of the Gospel right? If you do all these things that He will accept us and bless us? That’s not exactly what it says…
We are conditioned to believe that might makes right and majority rules, but truly in this passage that applies to many it is all about just one. The one who chooses to come boldly and confidently each day…to surrender their life and submit their journey to Jesus Christ. Where is the courage in that? Where is the strength and manifestation of power? I thought boldness and confidence would create dominion over the enemy in my life. It will. It does. But you will have nothing to do with it other than the fact – you repented, turned your life over to Christ and choose to believe that He will do exactly what He has promised over and over again.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Spiritual boldness and hopeful confidence are demonstrated solely in one’s ability to depend completely on Jesus Christ. To walk into His Presence, no matter how difficult our circumstances or deplorable our conditions and give Him every burden and care with complete and utter satisfaction in that very moment the Lord will do exactly what His Word promised that He would do. It is when our response to life is focused on the “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” My boldness and confidence is a product of faith. It is my ability to believe beyond human perception and prevailing problems. We come to the Lord not to display our ability but rather to completely rely on His Willingness and Promise to deliver.
We come boldly to the throne of our Gracious God. It is all about grace. The bond that holds us to His Grace is faith. Faith that continues to hold tightly refusing to let go no matter how hard the struggle will become confident hope. I find that when I hear God’s Voice that He generally speaks His Word to me. Now I can take that “Word” and my mind can play out every possible scenario. However now that I have lived and experienced the Lord and His Ways, I find that I seldom see the full picture of what He is doing until years after He tells me what He is doing. He never tells me how or when, only that He will. We live by believing not seeing so this should be more than enough.
2 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NLT) For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
For we live by believing and not by seeing. It is very difficult to believe without seeing but Jesus called such people blessed. The ones who cannot see Him with human eyes but know Him in their heart. Does my life reflect such a belief? It is important that it does.
Revelation 3:2-3 (NLT) Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
Go back. Go back to what you heard. Go back. Go back to what you believed. Coming to Christ like a child full of wonderful dreams and full of aspirations yet along the way fighting just to stay in the game when it takes too long or requires more than one expected. God told me that our son would live and not die. (Psalm 118:17) Audibly and directly, I heard the Lord speak directly to me. I expected God to heal our son. I told others that He would do it over and over again. He did. It would take more than three years and multiple treatments with lasting effects for remission to become a reality.
Crossing the finish line is not always what the movies and media make it out to be. Sometimes it is not a sprint to the finish, but a last ditch effort of strength just to get over the line claiming victory. I absolutely believe that this is exactly how God plans it over and over again. Why? Because when I am weak, His Power works best in me. God’s not looking for spiritual giants, but rather childlike faith of a boy. Like David who was so in love with God that even a worthless insult was more than his young heart could bear so he defended the honor of His God. His power was not in his weapon – just five smooth stones and a slingshot. It was not his personal ability for he already proclaimed that God would give him the giant’s head that day. No, it was in his willingness to step out in faith and confidence no matter what the outcome that day. The size of the giant was no comparison for his faith and trust in the Lord.
Hebrews 10:20-24 (NLT) By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
We joined our pastor and his family for dinner the other night. He chose a newly opened restaurant. I knew driving over on a Friday night that it would be packed. It was. The parking lot was overflowing requiring multiple circles to finally find a spot. Walking up to the restaurant, people resembled a mound of mad ants racing all over the place. Once inside, the hostess handed us a device to let us know when a table was ready with the warning it could be awhile. Patrons were packed in that place like sardines. Conversation was impossible – it was too noisy to even think. Ugh! The food was good and the night fun, but honestly, it would have gone much differently had it just been our little family. We avoid crowded inconvenience. We do not like to wait. So when a new place comes along, it is our nature to let the hype die down before our first visit. This is our choice. To be comfortable. To choose convenience. And in this case, there is nothing wrong with that. But…
When we make the same choices because coming before Jesus makes us uncomfortable or choosing not to wait, it is a bigger blessing that is missed. It is complete satisfaction that is avoided. We come to Jesus the first time for free grace. We want free love. It is our desire to have everything that He promised to give us. However, when we come to understand that there is a process of acquisition called faith people begin to draw back. They move away from the Lord when things get tight or uncomfortable. They choose immediate gratification rather than everlasting contentment. It is human nature to avoid long lines and extended wait times. Self-prescribed conditions that were never part of our covenant call us to do or be something other than what the Lord requires. All of this avoidance leads to defeat when all He really wanted or asked us to do was simply come.
Hope anchors my soul to the place that requires nothing more than His Love and Grace in all of its sufficiency. Faith is confidence that the Lord will do what He said in His Time and His Way. Those who choose to come boldly and hold tightly to the promise are not implying person strength or fortitude but absolute trust that God will do what He promised to do!
I Timothy 6:11-12 (NLT) But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
As men, women and children of God – it is our responsibility to life a godly life. Boldness is found in repentance turning our life over day by day to the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ. To come boldly means nothing more than living a life of true repentance and genuine faith by surrendering all that we are to His Love, Grace and Mercy believing that HE is able to do more than we can think or ask. It is confirmed by our willingness to come before the Lord and wait there no matter how long He takes. Surrender sounds so simple. Human nature balks at giving up. Of course, this is the Lord’s Way because it total contradicts our flesh. To fight the good fight of faith is done most of the time standing in the Presence of God calling His Name and waiting for His Reply. We can outlast our enemy because we live for eternity. There is no time limit on God’s Promise for my life.
I John 5:13-15 (NLT) I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
To simply come, that is all that is required. To come boldly means to continually and honestly give the Lord the real estate of our life without any doubt but total faith. Confidence in the Lord allows us to stand before Him, worship at His Feet, and praise Jesus publically before a single thing changes just because we know that He does more than we think or ask. Confident hope comes with the annihilation of my flesh. Self-help and self-confidence gets me nowhere in the Kingdom because it is by His Grace I am saved through what? Faith.
Let’s get back to the basics today. The faithful expectation that brought us to Jesus in the first place. The very thing that made us love Him from the start. The Lord isn’t looking for anything from me. He doesn’t want me to change anything but directions. He will complete the good work in us that He began. We continue the process in surrender submitting all that we are, have and do to Who He is. My only goal in life is to please the Lord. He doesn’t require nearly as much as we have dictated in doctrine and eluded to from the pulpit. God wants you. Jesus died for you. He placed on other requirement on us other than to come boldly before His Throne to receive His Love, Grace and Mercy. Tangible blessings are the provision of God in our life unlocked by obedience. Faith and hope are blessings that can only be given when we simply come into His Presence giving up who we are to be more like the Lord.
Romans 5:1-2 (NLT) Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.