Esther risked execution to approach the king on behalf of her people. As Joshua led the Israelites into the Promise Land, the priests stepped into a rushing river, trusting their feet and the Ark of the Covenant would remain dry. Jonathan attacked when the numbers were not in his favor. David faced a giant. Nehemiah proceeded with God’s work despite His people’s enemies. Jeremiah spoke God’s words to people who didn’t want to hear it. Paul always chose to speak the truth, no matter what the cost.
What did they have in common? They trusted God and took Him at His word.
God makes us bold.
You Make Me Bold
This year’s CNY Wesleyan Women Ladies Retreat theme is You Make Me Bold. I thought it would be good to take a look at it here on Fruit of Brokenness, too.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:3, NKJV
Our September Listen When He Speaks theme is You Make Me Bold. Our suggested memory passage is the retreat’s them verse, Psalm 138:3. Our theme Trust has moved to October, and we’ll get to read more stories of how God made people bold through their faith in Him.
We’re getting a great series of how God makes us bold lined up for you through the month of September.
What does BOLD look like for you?
Most of us won’t face the kind of danger for living our faith we’ll read about this month. But God doesn’t call us to remain securely in our comfort zone; He frequently calls us to step securely out of it. It may be uncomfortable, it may even be painful, but it will be worth it.
To read more about boldly living out faith in our secular society, check out Faith Like a Cheap Pair of Shoes.
For many of us it has been biting the bullet to get up and speak in front of a group, and some of us find we like it up there despite knocking knees. That’s me! For me, there’s also transparency in blogging, and in person. But I still find it harder to share the Gospel one-on-one with those who have not accepted it.
The reality behind being bold: whatever God calls us to, He’ll give us all we need to accomplish it for His glory.
This fall I’m taking on two new challenges I know require reliance on God and provide potential for making eternal differences. But, really, what doesn’t? Even something as simple as offering an encouraging smile at the right moment can water a seed planted in someone’s heart or encourage a soul that needs to feel God’s touch. We are often unaware of how God is using us as a conduit of His grace in the life of others.
Scripture tells us to live worthy of our calling. That’s never just about us.
The Source of Our Boldness
When we know who God is, we can accept who we are in Him, and live boldly in the confidence God will give us all we need to accomplish His will for His glory.