When I look at the world around us, I am convinced we need prophetic voices now as much as ever, because the Christian identity has come to mean something sentimental and comfortable, rather than radical and sacrificial. Too often, our messages sound like Christian versions of secular self-help, which might make us feel good but will not motivate us toward true acts of courage. Affirmation is great, but it does not rebuke our idols. —@SharonHMiller
Boldness is a fruit of a life truly impacted by Christ.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 ESV
Worldly intelligence isn’t a prerequisite for boldness.
Peter and John were not skilled interpreters of Scripture. They didn’t travel down the long educational path to be groomed for Jewish leadership, and yet they had this “boldness.”
But what is BOLDNESS? It’s so much more than confidence and zeal. It’s more than a loud voice. It’s more than simple being forthcoming. It’s more.
Jesus was bold even when he whispered underneath His breath “let He who is without sin cast the first stone” after He stooped to draw in the ground (John 8)
You can holler and still not have the boldness of Christ.
True boldness is found in the heart of one who has encountered The Lord, the one whose Spirit is alive in Christ and the one in whom the Word has become flesh. – Ify Alexis
Boldness is conviction. It means i am soooooo convinced of the truth I’m speaking. I know that I know that I know.
These aren’t mere words.
“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NLT
The message must be a part of ourselves. Our lives must be the sacrament of our message. The liberation must be real in you – Oswald Chambers
Ezekiel: Eat the scroll. Let the Word become a part of you.
In an age of tolerance God is calling His Bride to truth and love. Love that corrects but doesn’t condemn. Love that covers but doesn’t condone. Love that speaks the truth on matters that matter to the heart of God.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””
John 8:31-32 ESV
How hidden in our hearts is the Word of Truth?
The only offensive weapon in the entire armour of God is the Word of God. “ and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Eph 6:17
“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;”
Psalms 144:1 ESV
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands – Ps 149:6
Just because something isn’t your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your problem. No more tolerance. Tolerance is the least loving things we can be.
The world so desperately needs a true representation of Jesus. Let’s endeavour to BE that presentation. To let the Word of God go down deep and reconfigure our substance. To truly be a people of Truth, love and BOLDNESS.