Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 14 Scripture Selection: Psalm 137-138
Food for Thought: Ps. 138:3
Boldness is a necessary characteristic for the believer. It takes boldness to live by faith and make the right choices, especially when surrounded by people pressuring you to do the opposite. It takes boldness to speak up when it is easier to keep quiet. It takes boldness to love and to share Christ with the lost. It takes boldness to use the gifts that God gave you for His glory. Fortunately for us, the Lord gives us the boldness we need for every occasion.
According to Proverbs 28:1, “the righteous are bold as a lion.” And Ephesians 3:10-12 says that we have boldness through Jesus Christ and access with confidence through faith in Him to accomplish His purpose as the Church. The boldness and confidence are there for us to drawn upon in every situation, and the Lord expects us to use them, living fearlessly and unintimidated. As we do so in faith, it will be up to the Lord to manifest the results, and He will.
As an example, not long after the Holy Spirit filled the first believers, Peter and John, as well as the others, were notably much more assertive, and saw great results because of it, even in the face of opposition. (See Acts 4.) People were amazed that such “uneducated and untrained men” were able to express themselves so articulately and perform such miracles. That’s what boldness does. It propels us to go beyond our normal abilities as we take a step of faith outside our comfort zone.
The believers of Acts 4 recognized their continued need for boldness and prayed in Acts 4:29-30, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” May that be our prayer today, as well, as we courageously follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to boldly do His will.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):