Boldness

It is He

Our God has always been very clear & concise in stating who He is. He is not shy, nor insecure about His identity or His ways. Throughout the Bible, one phrase is constant and commands your attention.

“It is He…”

If someone was to ask me to describe God…there is no way that I could fit Him into words. His majesty and wonder are beyond mere words. Even when Moses asked Him what he should say when the Israelites asked him  the name of who sent him, God simply stated, “Tell them ‘I AM has sent me to you’.” This displays the profound simplicity of our Creator.

The true Author assisted the writers of the Bible in their attempts to describe Him. The verse below is one that summarizes the Father beautifully:

“God, who made the world, and all things therein; he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  Neither is he served with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing; seeing it is he who giveth to all life, and breath, and all things:  And hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the  whole face of the earth, determining appointed times, and the limits of their habitation.” – Acts 17:24

This verse displays His sovereignty. God has a handle on all things…the whole world truly is in His hands. He is all sufficient & all knowing. Another verse that eloquently describes our God is:

It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
  He removes kings and establishes kings;
  He gives wisdom to wise men
  And knowledge to men of understanding.
It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;
  He knows what is in the darkness,
  And the light dwells with Him. – Daniel 2:21

When Jesus came, this phrase continued to be prevalent.

And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” – John 9:35

When I see this statement, I feel God’s declaration, assuring us that He is who He says He is. There is something about this phrase that is very finalizing. It settles any questions, any arguments.  It leaves no room for doubt. He is instilling confidence in us each time it is written in the scriptures. We can declare who He is right along with Him. He is arming us with a confession of bold faith in Him. Our prayers and praises can be filled with the same confidence, proclaiming our King’s victory. When we feel fear, or when we are walking through the valley, declare this verse and stand upon the solid Rock.

“…the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22

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Other scripture references that include this statement are: John 8:24, Psalms 60:12, Zechariah 6:12, 2 Kings 17:39, Amos 5:8, Amos 9:6, Job 9:5, and Acts 10:42 (and many more)

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Holy Boldness

One characteristic of Jesus that intrigues me is His confidence in who He was and why He came. When people barraged Him with questions, He was equipped with the knowledge needed to answer. His voice didn’t quiver when He gave an answer. He didn’t have shifty eyes. He didn’t break a sweat.

“The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.”  When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”  Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” – John 18:19

Even in the face of death, He didn’t back down. He flipped the script. They expected Him to back down, to cower at the sound of their ridicule and mocking. The last thing they expected Him to do was to stand His ground. He even stood up to His disciples when they tried (with good intention) to protect Him from the Cross. He never ran from the Cross. He ran towards it.

As a disciple of Jesus, He calls us to do the same. He places within us a holy boldness. He enables us to speak His word without flinching. The disciples even prayed for boldness, and God gladly provided it (Acts 4:29). It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do this, not out of our own strength.

Jesus warns us many times the cost & risk of being His disciple and following Him. We must carry our cross. Deny ourselves. Choose Him. Step up, and speak out. There is a sobering verse that reaffirms the seriousness of this call.

“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” – Luke 9:26

Our silence can lead to eternal death if we take it too far.

Why do we choose to keep quiet?

  • We don’t want to offend anyone or cause conflict.  God’s not a troublemaker. He doesn’t want us to constantly be causing a scene. Just because Jesus turned tables over in the Temple doesn’t mean you should make that your main approach. But there will be times when the truth stings or is hard to swallow. Don’t run away from it. It may reap a harvest.

“Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while—  yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:8

  • We don’t feel qualified or intelligent enough. That is a lie from the enemy. Any thought that negates the power of God within you needs to go! God has equipped you & is waiting for you to be a voice. Don’t let your lack of confidence hush you.

God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27

It’s an honor for God to want to speak through us to the world. But we must be willing to be used if we want to be a voice. It’s not something to be taken lightly. In the Old Testament, He would give His prophets warnings to prevent something & warn His children. If they weren’t obedient, then the other person’s blood was on the prophet’s hands. There is a huge accountability factor in this equation. You do the math.

Jesus was controversial. He shook things up.  He was not politically correct. He was Kingdom minded, doing His Father’s business. We should be following His lead.

“You have the words to change a nation but you keep biting your tongue.” – Emeli