Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Of Faith and Boldness – Part II

“You should not, then, be casting away your boldness, which is having a great reward, for you have need of endurance...”  (Hebrews 10: 35, CLNT) 

“Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed; for in this the elders were testified to.  By faith we are apprehending the eons to adjust to a declaration of God, so that what is being observed has not come out of what is appearing.”  (Hebrews 11:1-2, CLNT)

As the Lord spoke to me regarding my faith and reminded me to allow Him to move and have His way with me, I was filled with boldness.  I felt bold in speaking out or remaining silent.  I felt bold in simply being in Christ and doing as Christ led me to do. 

I never cease to be astonished at how having a prayer and listening time with God, can help me feel so energized, empowered, and hopeful.  As I spend time with Him, I am refreshed and renewed!

“You should not, then, be casting away your boldness, which is having a great reward, for you have need of endurance...”  (Hebrews 10: 35) 

As I read that verse in Hebrews a few months ago, the Lord revealed to me that I was in need of boldness and endurance.  I had been allowing daily, earthly circumstances to beat me down and overwhelm me into a defeated attitude.

The writer of Hebrews says various things about boldness to the Israelite believers in Hebrews 3:6, 4:16, 10:19, and 10:35.  As I read those verses and what was being proclaimed to the Israelite believers, God spoke to me:

“Be boldly approaching God and His throne of grace—boldly approaching Christ with all your needs, doubts, and fears—because He is able to help those who are being tried (Heb. 2:18).  He can sympathize with all our infirmities (Heb. 4:15) and has been tried in all respects like us.  Approach with boldness that we may find His mercy and grace for opportune help (Heb. 4:16). 

Do not forsake the boldness to come before God, boldly approaching His throne of grace, Christ, to seek help and endurance.  Approach Him with a sincere and honest heart.  Be REAL with Him, for we are approaching a throne of GRACE!  Tell Him all about it; tell Him all about how you really feel, what’s going on in your mind, in your heart, and in your life.  Our boldness to sincerely come before Him will offer us a great reward in His presence, His guidance, and His wisdom in being able to persevere forward.  We are in great need of endurance as we face the sufferings and trials of this earthly life.  We are in great need to understand and walk in the will of God.  Do not hold back; do not cower.  BOLDLY approach God with a humble and sincere heart.  There will be a great reward. 

By bold faith, do what’s right as He leads you to do it.  Even if what you do reveals no immediate results.  By bold faith, we can be assured that one day in the future, God will have worked everything out in accordance with His perfect will and that all will bring Him glory.

All honor and glory be His,
Mary Ann

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