I think a lot about Peter getting crucified upside down. I also think a lot about when he and another disciple were brought before the council. I think a lot about the words of Jesus when He said “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20) I think a lot about all the times I have shrugged off the Spirit’s promptings to pray for someone. I also think a lot about all the times I have listened to that prompting. I think of the miracles and life changes I’ve seen, and I think of the ones I wish I hadn’t let pass by me.
I am amazed by the graciousness and kindness of Christ to me, so why does it seem so often to be unbelievably difficult to act boldly in Kingdom of Heaven mindset? This question has a rather simple answer, I realized, in that it is simply the more we sit in the Presence and apprentice to Jesus, the more we are able to step into that Eternal mindset when we find ourselves in situations that call for us to step out of what is comfortable and easy.
Boldness is not easy, and boldness often does not feel bold until after the fact. Stepping into boldness feels more or less terrifying because moving out of our comfort zone is uncomfortable. The opposite of being comfortable is being challenged, so even in boldness we cannot expect comfort, but we can expect abundance and to see God move in power through our choice to step into His voice calling us ever closer. We can expect it to become less terrifying, too, even as the challenge to step out continues. We grow in boldness like we grow in everything else—through prayer and practice.
We root ourselves in the ability to be bold in public when we are bold in the Secret Place with God. When we pray bold prayers and believe God’s hand is always on and moving for us, it is much easier to believe the miraculous and live in confidence.
The things God asks us to do become a lot less scary when we remember Who God is.
He’s the One Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
He’s the One Who commands armies of stars and angels.
He’s the One Who splits seas and makes running water flow in the dry wasteland.
He’s the One Who goes before in a pillar of fire.
He’s the One Who makes the blind to see and the dead to live.
He’s the One Who leaves the 99 for the one.
He’s the One Who knows the number of hairs on your head.
He’s the One Who sees you—the God Who has never, not once, forsaken you, either in your pain or rejoicing.
He’s the One Who is Faithful to the end and never casts a shifting shadow.
He’s the One Who was ridiculed, mocked, scorned, bruised, beaten, and buried on our behalf—and He still is ridiculed, mocked, scorned, and bruised—don’t you think when people blasphemy Jesus today, the Heart of God is torn again? Praise be to God, though, He will not be buried again. He rose from the grave; He defeated death. The same Power that raised Christ from the dead is ALIVE in you and me. Can we talk about boldness now?
He promises to give us the words and the signs. He was even so forward with us, His children and disciples, as to say we will do even greater works than He.
Can you feel some of that fear melting away—wouldn’t it be something to see those things that Jesus promised to do through us that are greater than what He did while on earth?
He promised the Holy Spirit, and Holy Spirit came.
The River of Life flows in, through, and out of us—this is good, good news—that we have been named coheirs with Christ and granted the River of Life to be an active part of our living and breathing, that it would sit within the very Essence of Who We Are and change everything in and around us.
This is the Good News: that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
But we aren’t called sinners anymore—now we are Saints.
We are Saints who have been called into radical obedience to a God Who does not fail us.
Fear may tap us on the shoulder, but we do not have to turn around.
Boldness isn’t a feeling—it is an action that changes the way we feel and does a lot to draw us closer to the heart of the Father because more often than not, obedience requires boldness.
But praise be to God our Faith isn’t a blind jump into the unknown but a confident step into the Goodness of God—Goodness that is richer and more wonderful than we could ever imagine.
Our God fulfills His promises—He promises that He will give us His words when we need them and that in our suffering (which He also promises we will experience), He will not ever abandon us and will give us the strength to endure because what is beyond our ability to handle is not beyond His, and His power resides within us.
Step out in boldness as you feel the Father call because He does not call where He won’t equip. The fear will subside as the Word of God settles into every facet of your being. Step out, He shows up, and as He shows up, we grow in confidence. Fear is an expression of uncertainty—maybe God won’t come through.
Boldness breeds out fear.
He always comes through, so move in power knowing the Power behind You has never once broken His promise. And let’s walk in Power—we have it because we have Him.