Open Heaven (December 4th)
Topic: BOLDNESS & COURAGE
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.
Read: Joshua 1:5-9
A person who manifests high moral standards in specific areas of life is said to possess virtue in those areas. The virtues of boldness and courage are especially required in Christian leadership. For this reason, several passages of the bible admonish children of God to be strong and courageous (Dueteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:6). Speaking on boldness in Proverbs 28:1, the Holy Spirit says:
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
No wonder we see the virtue of boldness being deployed in the declaration of God’s word in Acts 4:31, Acts 14:3 and Hebrews 13:6. Only a person with strength of character can display courage in the face of trouble, while boldness is required to speak the truth in all circumstances, especially in the face of opposition and in hostile environments. May the Lord grant you the boldness and courage you need to overcome every obstacles in your life in Jesus’ Name.
More importantly, the virtues of boldness and courage have spiritual significance because they are necessary for entering the presence of God and for dealing with the forces of darkness. In Ephesians 6:12, the Holy Spirit reveals some truth about the forces of darkness saying:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world,against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This clearly shows among other things that Satan and his demon comprise a well-organized army that is skillful in carrying out devastating attacks on its victim. It also shows that the warfare we must fight as Christians is purely restricted to the realms of the spirit. This warfare calls for courage to withstand dreadful circumstances, determination to overcome at all cost and persistent prayer. It also calls for loyalty to fight under the banner of Christ the Lord of hosts, standing in his strength and using weapons he has provided. One good thing about the virtues of boldness and courage is that they yield confidence in us. Speaking on this confidence, Hebrews 10:35-36
“Cast not away therefore in your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will God, ye mightreceive the promise.”
We cannot achieve much in our Christian race without boldness. We need boldness to correctly apply God’s word to life situations. Indeed, it takes courage to follow and obey God. Anyone who lacks courage will be full of fear. Fear paralyses and make it impossible to take any progressive stride in life. If you will make impact in life, you must ignore the contrary circumstances around you and focus on God who has called you. All powers in heaven and in earth belong to Him; He has never failed and he will never fail. He will see you through, and you will celebrate at last. Glory be to God!
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Sing Hymn 3
Father please grant me the spirit of boldness and courage, in Jesus’ Name.