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Bold and Brave

“One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic church was the spirit of boldness.”

A.B. Simpson

At the beginning of this new year, I’m contending for fear of man to be broken off of me. I want God alone to rule and reign in my life. As a little girl, I stuttered and was shy and fearful to talk to adults. But God has prophetically declared I am bold and brave. That’s who I am in God’s image that I haven’t fully discovered yet. Like other names God has bestowed upon me, bold and brave are promises of who God sees me as, which I am in the process of becoming.

When I see an aspect of God’s nature that I lack or I’m not displaying yet, I ask for a promise in His word which speaks to that attribute. Then I latch onto that truth and claim it as mine. After all, God’s word says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

God gave me two “bold and brave” promises to cling to. Proverbs 28:1b declares, “But the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Joshua 1:9 proclaims, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As I’ve gotten older, I fear I won’t have enough energy to do what God asks me to do. I know in my head, God supplies what we need for His calling. But somehow, my heart didn’t get the memo! I want to obey God, but if I think I might not be able to obey Him due to my tiredness, then I’ll become stressed.

God, in His kindness, through a prophetic word a few weeks ago, reminded me He never gets tired. That’s who He is. His nature is to never become weary. Therefore, I need to trust that He will provide enough energy to do what He’s called me to do.

What aspect of God’s nature do you lack or are not displaying yet? Ask God for promises in His word that you can grab ahold of as your rightful inheritance. Declare those Scriptures out loud and watch yourself begin to become more like Him.

“Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God’s spirit.”

Andy Stanley

Relevant Reflections:

  1. What aspect of the nature of God do you want to grow in this year?

  2. Grasp God’s word as yours till it makes its residence in your heart.

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