Let's Talk About Boldness
In Bible class this week our teacher was talking about being bold for the gospel. (Ang typing here haha) These were some verses we talked about and would like to share with all y'all. We challenge you to read these verses and really think about what God is saying.
Hebrews 13:6 - So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Fear is a big stronghold in all of our lives, some more than others. I don't think we credit it enough for what it can do and for what it does. Being bold takes courage. It's not how it is on television where the guy or gal gets some surge of strength and overcomes the impossible and it's not like that in Christianity. God gives us that boldness. We are nothing without Him. God is always there despite what we may think.
So why are we quiet when we should be proclaiming the gospel? Why do we keep shut when someone questions us about what we believe? Bottom line is we are afraid of being intimidated or that someone else will make fun of us. It's kinda pathetic when you sit and think about it. Look what Christ did. He gave His perfect, flawless life for us and we can't even share that with others. Don't let your fears and worries control you. Instead let God work through you. An atheist once said to a Christian “How much do you have to hate a person in order to not tell them about this good news you have?” Meaning that if we claim we have the good news we should be sharing it with others if we say we love people and don't wanna see them perish.
Here's a real scenario to look at: say you hear your grandma was in the hospital and had open heart surgery and now she's better and you and your family are rejoicing for what God did. Wouldn't you share that with people around you? Or let's say you won the lottery, wouldn't you tell someone if not everyone? I'm not comparing the gospel to the lottery or your grandma's health but I am saying that in other exciting instances you'd share that with someone. Why can't we be that way about God's Word?
You'll do what you're interested in. If you like to draw, you'll draw. If you like to watch Netflix, you're going to watch Netflix. Whatever it may be, it will be at the forefront of your thinking. Shouldn't God be at the front? In the driver's seat? We say He is, but is He really?
I think for most of us this is a real thing that happens: when you wake up the first thing you do is reach down to the floor to pick up your phone and check notifications. Maybe it's not the very first thing but it's up there in your to do list for the morning. Do you do that with your Bible? Do you check it for messages God wants to give you? Do you search out what His Word says on certain things? I think if we are honest….we don't do it like we should.
Romans 8:31- What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
We shouldn’t be scared to go out and preach the gospel. It goes on through verse 39 saying the different things that God has done for us and accomplished. Those are some of the reasons why we should go out and spread the gospel. God has done enough for us and he asks us to do one simple, but not so simple task. We should be brave and courageous and willing to do what God asks of us.
In the end, others opinions won't matter. But will matter is if you told someone about Christ. Ask yourself this question about what is more important...will it matter in two weeks? How about two months? Or two years? What is done for Christ will last longer than that. In fact, it will last for all eternity. Here on earth, there's a lot we can get involved with and busy ourselves in. Things like school, our jobs, a career, maybe even another person, will not be forever. We aren't saying that you should disregard those things or people but that your focus should be set on things above not on things below.
In James 4:14 it says that our lives are like vapors that appear for a little time then vanisheth away. We don't know how long we will be on this earth. No one does. That's why it's ever so important to be bold about sharing the gospel.
My pastor (ang typing) one time was at someone's house witnessing to a man and his son. The son was obese and about 21 years old or so. The dad was very receptive and got saved but the son walked out and turned away. About two weeks later, my pastor received a phone call from the dad saying his son had died. It's awful to think about, but if that boy didn't make a last minute choice, he's in hell right now. How many times do we pass people a day and we don't utter a word? How many times do we stick to our friend groups and not try to branch out to other people around us? And if someone asks you why you believe what you believe, be ready to tell them! You'll have more confidence if you know what you're talking about.
Psalm 138:3- In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
In this day and age, spreading the gospel can seem intimidating. We don’t know how to approach someone we want to or what to say. This verse tells to ask God for boldness. He will give it to you so don’t be afraid to ask Him for it.
But also in order to build that boldness we need to know our Bible, I think one of the main reasons why we don't speak up is because we don't know how to back up what we believe. In the New Testament there's a verse that talks about us having an answer for those that ask for it. We need to always be ready and alert and if we don't know something we need to study it out. Don't just expect God to lay every single little thing down in your lap. It's like a group project, you have other people helping you but you can't expect them to do all the work.
We hear people commonly say “God isn’t speaking to me or telling me to be bold and show the gospel” and to be honest, you couldn’t be more wrong. God speaks to us through His Word but how can He gives us a message when you only open the Bible on Sundays and leave it on the shelf for dust the other days of the week? It doesn’t work like that. Also, several places across the Bible it says “Go ye” or something having to do with spreading the good news of Christ. We have no logical, explainable excuse that can fit for why we can’t give out God’s Word. Not one person is the exception. I think we get so caught up in the fact that “Oh that’s a pastor’s job or a missionary’s.” No, the Bible says for ALL of us. The Great Commission wasn’t just for the disciples or people back then, but it is for Christians now. Hudson Taylor said “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” Robert C Shannon said, “NEVER pity missionaries; envy them, They are where the real action is-where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell convenge.”
Are you excited when God gives you an opportunity? Are you thrilled at all? Do you ever think of ways of how you can reach people? Missionaries lead very challenging lives. They leave their home and their families (or take them with them) to preach the gospel so that those people will get saved and realize what Christ did and does for them. Would you be willing to do that? Would you be willing to leave your luxuries to go to a place that’s below your means? IF we are honest, we’d rather not since we are so attached to are material items.
Proverbs 28:1- The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
This verse is kind of hard to explain. An easier way to explain is through an example.
When the police are coming and you hear them do you try to get away even though they are not coming after you or are you the person the pulls over and let the police drive by? The wicked are paranoid. They might get defensive in a conversation that wasn’t directed towards them. The righteous are those who trust in the Lord. They are brave and know that God is there with them and they don’t have to worry. The wicked are the exact opposite as them.
Unbelievers, fools, etc.. are everywhere you can't escape them in the world. Doesn't mean you should be apart of them but you ought to be separate. When someone looks at you and looks at them they should be able to immediately see something different about you. Being bold isn't just for the inside you but also for the outside you. That can apply to how we talk, dress, walk, and just carry ourselves on a normal basis. That doesn’t mean you get into someone’s face about it. You want to be bold BUT humble. When people think about being bold they think of people who talk a lot and those who are very prideful. But in reality, quiet people can be bold too.
I like what John Keith Falconer said. “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.” There’s a lost world out there that needs to see examples of real Christianity. The world is tired or religion. They are tired of seeing fake people and hypocrites. If we really believe what we say we do, we need to be real and show the world that. Stop hiding in your basement so to speak because you care what Joe Smoe from Kokomo thinks. Others opinions don’t matter when it comes to the gospel of Christ. They need to hear it regardless. We’re living in a society that if you express your beliefs on a certain subject you’re either a hater or a follower. As a Christian don’t be arrogant and prideful and show you are better than everyone else-cuz you are not- we will break the truth for you. Being a Christian in a way shows that you realized you needed a Savior and that you can’t get through this life alone. It’s hard for a lost person to realize that since they have been going on with life “just fine.” That’s why a person has to get lost before they can get saved.
Ephesians 3:12- In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
It's not through us that we have boldness, but through Christ. We can't expect our own selves to make a spiritual change on our own strength. Philippians 4:13 says that we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. It doesn't mean that you can climb Mount Everest in 1 hour or do what some of these athletes can do but you can be bold in Christ through Him. This ties in with one of the verses above that talks about knowing your Bible enough so you back up what you believe. None of us will ever get to the point of “knowing our Bibles enough.” That’s simply impossible and foolish if we think we do. Everytime I (ang) read my Bible I feel like I can read something but the second or third time I’ll learn something different or see something from another perspective. We will never stop learning about God or His Word. If we could find an end and understand it all, He wouldn’t be God....
We totally forgot about changing the theme verse so we will just keep March's till May.