Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 14)
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 (NKJV)
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.
Acts 4:13 (NKJV)
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31 (NKJV)
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech.
2 Corinthians 3:12 (NKJV)
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'
Hebrews 13:6 (NKJV)
God rewards boldness.
Why is speaking up so important? Because boldness is a public profession of faith and courage. It is a signal fire that draws, unites and ignites wanderers into a circle of strength. It is God's megaphone in the hands of the weak that makes them strong.
Consider Peter, Jesus' boldest disciple: 'And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it' (Matthew 16:18). Neither the gates of hell nor the mouths of giants can stand against God's speakers.
Consider David, God's boldest shepherd: 'And the Philistine said to David, 'Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!' '
'Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you' ' (1 Samuel 17:44-46).
God rewards boldness. It may not come easy, but it brings success in the kingdoms of God and man. So don't let religious people fool you into false submission. Because godly boldness is born from humility, and meekness is strength under control. Jesus was amazingly bold. And you must show His strength to the world.
Without God, boldness is swagger, and media loves it. With God, boldness is confidence. But to outsiders, confidence looks a lot like swag, and it will help God's performers rise.
So remember: God promotes bold people. Therein, boldness is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
Additional reading: Consider two Gospel stories of blind men. They called out to Jesus boldly and refused to be quieted. In return, they received their sight: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2020:29-34&version=NKJV; http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark%2010:46-52&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.