Acts 4:31 (AMP) And when they had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.
A long time ago, my church friends and I would sneak away from our Sunday Night Bible Study to meet up with our friends from the Assembly of God Church a few blocks over. There was something very different about their gathering that compelled the curiosity of us Southern Baptist teens to take a closer look. After mingling together, they would open the study time in prayer. It reminded me of the upper room when the wind of the Holy Spirit rushed in. It was not like any prayer I had ever experienced. It felt like God was somehow closer. The place was filled with energy and excitement. I believe in full gospel ministry. I don’t think Christianity is meant to be boring or blasé. When God moves closer and His Spirit fills the room – the atmosphere thick and heavy with possibility, well these are the moments that I long for whether in a crowded auditorium, regular church sanctuary or tiny little prayer closet. Those people I once gawked at…yeah I have become one of them.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.”
I am a believer. I am a believer praying for holy boldness and Christ-like courage. The Holy Spirit is our helper in such endeavors. He is the one who takes the Word of God and wraps it around our heart and mind. Exposing the lie of the enemy, He is swift to cut its ties loose so our heart can beat again and our mind live in the freedom of truth given to us by the Lord. There are times when I forget myself and the fact that I am called to be bold. Called to live a courageous – giant slaying, mountain moving, victorious life. What about you? Or maybe you are a complete introvert who takes no interest in sharing the Gospel but choosing rather to fight from your knees interceding for the lost, sick, bound and broken with a fervency of faith yet cannot find the words to express His Love to others in fear of rejection. This message is for you, too.
Hebrews 14:15-16 (NLT) 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.
Jesus understands our weaknesses. He faced all the same testings we do in this world. Of course, the situations and circumstances were different but nevertheless just as trying. Yet in all of it – Jesus, our example, did not sin. So… let us come boldly before the throne of our gracious God. Friends, we need holy boldness. A willingness to step out of comfort and become that crazy Christian. You know the one who is constantly encouraging, always sharing a good word from the treasure stored in their heart, giving, serving, loving with more than just their hearts but their hands, feet and ears as well. Those who boldly sow seed in God’s Kingdom confident in the promised reward. Each person knows their own heart. You know where boldness and confidence lack in your heart and mind. You know exactly the spot. It is where you feel pressure and your flesh pushes back. God wants us to be bold. Not zealous, but boldness based on confidence in Christ who saved us and set us free. Saul was zealous. Paul was bold. It only took a few moments for Saul’s conversion to Paul. The Lord will do no less for you.
2 Corinthians 3:9-12 (NLT) If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.
We can be very bold. Boldness is birthed of confidence. Confidence comes when faith in the Word of God produces its yield. We must seek the Lord. Press in to His Presence until His Spirit is released. I was reading a passage from a devotion by Sharon Jaynes called “Take Hold of the Faith You Long For.” She wrote, “You must be brave enough to let go of the lies that hold you hostage to take old of the truth that sets you free.” I love this! Even strong Christians get tangled in half-truth and caught up in lies that the enemy has produced to hinder you from being bold and confident. You have every reason to stand tall, hold your head high and face life with nothing but hopeful possibility. You can share your story with courage because the miracle God has done for you will sow seeds of hope in others. You are called to be one with a body not an isolated appendage – you must leave your comfort zone behind. Be that crazy Christian who cannot stop talking about the Love of God and His Son – Jesus! Be the kindest most generous person anyone has ever met! God sacrificed His Son for you. Jesus released His Spirit to live in you. His Spirit will give you the boldness and courage to slay giants, move mountains, be victorious and live the rich and satisfying life of abundance promised by the Lord. But it begins with boldness first to approach the Lord, and then to reach out to others.
Proverbs 28:1 (NLT) The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.