How To Be Bold

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Main Scripture: Acts 4:23-31

How To Be Bold

HOW TO HAVE BOLDNESS
Acts 4:23-31
We live at a time when boldness is misunderstood and misapplied. 'Boldness' has lost the sense of virtue. To be bold today seems to mean being offensive and doing and saying controversial things.
There is such a thing as "sanctified boldness" which stands for truth despite the not-so-good consequences i.e. persecution.
Boldness is an essential Christian virtue. We are followers of a crucified Messiah, where the King goes so we go.
Now we think to ourselves, "I could never do that." In our best moment, are we not tired of the constant apathy surrounding us? Don't we long to do something valuable for God?
How to have boldness?
1. BY HAVING A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE
The knowledge of God's sovereignty will stir you up to be bold. It is entirely reasonable (a calculated risk) to be (and illogical not to be) bold for God who we know is sovereign and victorious.
We sometimes think that Paul and Peter had some extraordinary resources that are now not available to us. That is simply not true. We are still being given everything we need to live and obey God.
2. BY HAVING COMMUNION WITH GOD IN PRAYER
We may not be bold until we come into communion with God in prayer. It's our theology that stirs us up to prayer that then leads us to be bold.
Prayer is a wonderful means by which comfort, the removal of anxieties, and the peace that surpasses all understanding are granted to us.
Prayer is not us moving God to do what we want or to change His plan for us. Prayer is God moving through us and in us to achieve what He wants. Isn't that just mindblowingly amazing?
Has God purposed to use you in the same way? Pray for boldness.