Read through these 3 great ways to walk boldly for Christ today and be challenged.
We are Justified
Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Is this true of your life today? I pray it is because we have been declared righteous before Christ due to Jesus’ righteousness being imputed to us (2 Cor 5:21). We are to “abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1 John 2:28). Why else would John write this if not for his concern that some would shrink at His coming? If we confess our sins, we can know with certainty that He will forgive us of all of our sins and cleanse us completely (1 John 1:9). If we keep short accounts with God and immediately repent of our sins and confess them to God, we can rest assured at Christ’s coming that we are in a right standing with Him. This means that we can go boldly to the throne of grace which is why the author of Hebrews tells us that it is “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:12).
The Power is in the Gospel
Paul was “not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16). If we understand that the power is in the gospel and does not depend on the one who proclaims it, this should eliminate the worry about times when we proclaim His Word. It does not depend on the one who sows the Word but on the One Who prepares the soil. It is not our responsibility to save anyone…it is their response to His ability “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11). If it depended upon me, I would be fearful and worried but it doesn’t depend on me because the power is in the gospel…in the Word of God…and not in me…thankfully.
Not Even Death Can Separate Us
How many of us worry about being scorned, ridiculed, or rejected for the sake of the gospel? The other day when I witnessed to a young man in a restaurant about how he might be saved, I was concerned about what he would think about me and about what those who were seated nearby and listening to me would think of me. Shame on me because I need to fear God more than man “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me” (Heb 13:6) because “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me” (Psalm 118:6). God has testified “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). The only question is whether I believe this?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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