Spending time in the presence of the Lord Jesus will impart holy boldness! What a beautiful sign of how God sanctifies and prepares us for ministry. The Bible informs us of this blessed benefit in several passages.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13) Notice how other people observe and remark upon the impact of Jesus upon His followers. God calls and anoints ordinary people to serve Him.
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31) Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ courageously with other people is a sign of Jesus’ influence upon us.
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— (2 Cor 3:12) Hope imparts boldness!
. . . in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. (Eph 3:12) In Jesus Christ, we have both holy boldness and assurance of our salvation through faith in Christ. We have access to the throne of God through faith in Jesus.
Why do I call this article “Holy Boldness”? I do so because the unique boldness imparted to us through our relationship with Jesus is a consecration and sanctification of our very persons.
We are set apart for service unto our Lord and King. We are destined to bring glory to God, our Savior, as the verses quoted above confirm. So, brothers and sisters, share your testimony with holy boldness. It is within you; it’s available to you through Jesus who lives within every believer. God bless you.
The Lord has destined each one of us for great things, among which is the joy of serving the Lord and being in relationship with Him. But sometimes, we struggle with our self-image; and we all need to know how to deal with this issue victoriously.
Just remember this: Thinking less of yourself is not humility! Thinking of yourself less frequently is humility. Believe in who God made you to be. Be imitators of God like the beloved children that you ARE! (Eph 5:1)
God has put His own glory within each one of us! (Isa 60:19-21; Rom 8:18; Col 1:27; 2 Cor 3:18; 1 Pet 5:10) He wants to display His glory through us, so that we may bring Him glory, honor, and praise. However, we must yield to Him in order to allow Him to fulfill His good plans for us. If we will cooperate with the Lord, and obey His Word, we’ll be changed into a brand new person. Which makes sense, because God makes all things new. (Rev 21:5)
The Lord wants us to be fully alive—not to be a cheap imitation of someone else. God created each one of us to live as a unique and irreplaceable individual in His family.
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:6-7)
Stir up your gifts, and learn to enjoy the fact that God has created you as a matchless and dazzling individual! Don’t be fearful because fear has bondage and torment attached to it. (Rom 8:15) Reject those things outright. They do not come from God. God has made you FREE indeed! (Joh 8:36) God has blessed you and poured out His supernatural favor upon you.
You have God’s permission and encouragement to soar and to far surpass your former self for Jesus’ glory! All glory to God most high!