Do you want to live and speak more boldly for Jesus Christ? I do.
Answer the questions: Do I really want to do a work for the Lord? Do i want it enough to ask, seek, and knock until God answers and to take risks that press on my timidness? Or, if I’m honest, would I rather just keep wishing I were bolder — admiring bold people, being inspired by biographies about bold people, talking with my friends and small group members about struggles with fear of man — all while staying where I feel safe and relatively comfortable and letting fear go unchallenged?
My flesh likes the second option with a more flattering description. The Spirit says, “If you want to walk with me, choose the first.”
There’s the battle line. “The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17). But in this battle, there’s no stalemate. One side always holds sway. So, “choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
If you are serious about choosing the Spirit, God will grant your request (Luke 11:13; John 15:7), and enable you to “walk by the Spirit [so we] will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Evangelist Janet Gloyd
What Is Christian Boldness?
Boldness, in the biblical sense, is not a personality trait. A typically soft-spoken, introverted, calm person can be bold at a time when a typically driven, outspoken, brash person shrinks back. Boldness is acting, by the power of the Holy Spirit, on an urgent conviction in the face of some threat.
That last sentence contains the three ingredients to Christian boldness: Spirit-empowered conviction, courage, and urgency.
If one of the ingredients is missing, we won’t act boldly. If we don’t have sufficient conviction that something ought to be said or done, what’s there to be bold about? Without sufficient courage, we don’t have enough fiber in our conviction to face opposition or threats. Without a sufficient sense of urgency, we lack the fire under our feet to get us moving. People who are halfhearted, fearful, or indifferent are, by definition, not bold.
But if you’re aware of deficiencies in any of these three areas, take heart. The Bible gives us every reason to hope for transformation, and no reason to keep living with debilitating fear.