Boldness vs Fearfulness
It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
– Mary Anne Radmacher
Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
– Mary Anne Radmacher
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.– Rabindranath Tagore
1.fearless and daring; courageous
2.exhibiting courage and bravery
4.clear and distinct to the eye;conspicuous
5.willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
Synonyms for Boldness: adventurous, bravery, courage, determination, fearlessness
Antonyms for Boldness: cowardice, fear, timidity
What the Bible says about Boldness:
Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
Hebrews 10:19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 4:16 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.
Deuteronomy 31:6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the L ord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
Examples from the Bible:
Abraham when God told him to sacrifice Isaac.
Joseph when he was a slave in Egypt
Moses when he went before Pharoah to be the voice of God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to worship an idol.
Daniel in the Lion’s Den
David and Goliath
The 12 Disciples of Christ
Paul, who suffered Roman imprisonment
All the many missionaries, and martyrs who have risked death for the cause of Christ.
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Jesus stood up to the religious leaders of the day, and boldly pointed out their hypocritical pious religion. He knew this would eventually lead to his death. He was very brave and courageous to stand before Pilot and not defend himself in any way, knowing the fate that awaited him. He was bold in accepting that it was necessary to die on the cross as the only way that a lost sinner could be saved and to willingly be that sacrifice. He boldly overcame death and will return in triumphant glory and boldness to once and for all end the reign of Satan on Earth.
Personal Application and Thoughts:
Being a Christian is not a call to be timid, weak, passive, or fearful. It is a call to be bold. God transformed the average, ordinary disciples from being fearful and cowardly (ie remember Peter denying Christ) to bold champions of the Christian faith of whom many became martyrs for their belief. I love the book Heroes and Villains of the Bible because it teaches children to view the godly men of the Bible as strong and courageous heroes and teaches the child character traits of heroes they can apply to their own life. God did not leave us alone to live out our Christianity. He gave us his Holy Spirit to teach us, guide us, and empower us. Sometimes, being a bold Christian, however, means being quiet and patiently suffering for the greater purposes and will of God. There is a time to speak out and confront, as God asked Moses to do before Pharoah, and there is a time to remain silent, as Jesus was before Pilot. Sometimes, I feel weak and afraid or powerless, and it is then that I have to remind myself of who I am in Christ, pray for His help and courage, and then boldly carry on or face the challenge at hand. God says that his Power is made perfect in Our Weakness….that is an amazing thing, because it means that we have exhausted our personal human resources and have to rely on Him, and Him alone….and it is then that we can feel Him carry us through a perseverance and strength we do not understand. Be bold my friend, and remember that the power of the Creator of the Universe is at your disposal. Go out and meet the day with purpose.
Food For Thought: Do you pray over your meal in public restaurants. Do you find opportunities to mention your faith in casual conversations? These are great ways to start exhibiting some boldness (without being obnoxious and overbearing of course). How else can you show boldness?
Prayer for You: May you meet the challenges of your life with strength, and boldness that can only come through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. May you boldly seek the presence of God and entrust all of the details of your life to the One who can best manage them and bless them. May you learn to rely on God instead of your own human ability and resources. May you boldly and confidently rest in Him.