Part-5 (True ways to be Bold and Courageous)

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Foundation on "Identities in Christ"

True ways to be Bold and Courageous:

Weather we are man or woman, male or female, deep in our hearts we all want to be bold and courageous, read this and carry your boldness and courage with you wherever you are and wherever you go.

True boldness and courage is not about showing how “Man” you are. Weather you show that you are man or you don’t show, if you are created to be man, you are ‘man’, nothing will change that. Weather you act “Man” or weather you are ‘girlish’ though being a man, “You will still be man”, if God created you to be a man. But, Spiritual Boldness and Courage are different from wanting to prove that you are truly ‘Man’, it does not differentiate gender. Because our spirits don’t have gender, by the power of God men and women can be truly bold and courageous. It is also not about speaking more demanding, demanding is demanding, but ‘spiritual boldness and courage’ are ‘spiritual boldness and courage’, it is by the power of God inside of you.
Jesus Death
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

True Spiritual Boldness does not comes from men’s flesh and men’s own head knowledge, man’s own abilities, one’s own strengths, but comes from acknowledging and experiencing our “Identity in Christ” into our hearts and souls. It comes from the inside out. We are not to be the spectators of others ‘Identity In Christ’, though we are to teach, to encourage, and to build others up. We are also to be the one who experience them in a great measure, use them, and continually grow in them.

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Zech 4:6)

One of the very importance of growing in our “Identity in Christ” is that we will be in different situations, different circumstances, different environments, different places and works, if you go some places people will base their identities/ values and worth on their natural gifts and talents, they glorify one and put down other gifts and talents, in other places it will be wealth, the more you are rich the more people respected and valued, in other places people put their values and worth on positions they held, in other places the works they do, in other places educations, in other places the materials, wealth or houses they have, in other places people put their values and worth on how many places and countries they have visited, in other places people based their values and worth on the cost of their shoes, pants, shirts and dresses they have or wear, other based their values and worth on their popularities. All those things are shake-able things in this world. They may be where God called us or want us to be, and may not be sin in themselves, but we are not to put our personal values and worth in them rather than “Who we are in Christ”.

Once I met with one popular person who is a Gospel singer. I met him where nobody recognized him. I knew his face, but I didn’t really know him, I don’t really recognize what type of song he sang, but I have seen him somewhere on television. Unfortunately, nobody really recognized him as a popular person in the place we met, so it was hard for him to adjust in that situation, because he needs the attentions of people he used to constantly receive almost everywhere he goes, but nobody really recognized him there. You can just feel the loneliness inside of him, because of the blessings and gifts that he had received he has based his identity on his popularity, and the attention of people he used to received almost everywhere rather than in his Identities in Christ. I felt pity for him. It is not sin in itself to share those things, but if it is used for wrong purpose and wanting to get attentions, wanting to be accepted, wanting to be honored, wanting to be recognized, they are for wrong purposes. Though they are what we all may need as a human being, the thing is that we need to learn to base our Identities in Christ because we can be in any situations in this world, knowing and experiencing that God loves us unconditionally no matter what we face in life and where we are.

So even as a Christians, it is possible to base our identities on other things while we do not recognized them, we can introduce ourselves to encourage others, build them up and lift up others, make friendship and to identify with others, giving informations and instructions, sharing testimonies and personal experienced, sharing our feelings and what we have been through and what we have been up to may be okay, but on the other hands some build their Identity in Christ on the success and blessings they have received from God, and that is easy to do that and we must be careful on those stuffs.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).

1. Knowing Your Identities in Christ into you Heart: True Boldness and Courage comes from knowing and experiencing our Identities in Christ into out hearts, and it is different from being self confident. When we are bold and courageous because of other things like our preaching, our positions, our degrees, our wealth and other things, they became self confident. Spiritual boldness and courage does not come by viewing ourselves according to the world standard, but by viewing ourselves according to our Identity in Christ.
Eg:
God loves me unconditionally (John 3:16)
I am favored by God: “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17) (NLT)
(Eg: God is with me, He takes great delight upon me, He is a Mighty Warrior for me, He rejoice OVER me with joyful shouts of singing songs). (You can see from different translations, they are awesome)

2. Living a Righteous Lives:
The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (Pro 28:1).
This is not talking about self righteous, because the Bible itself tells us that, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom 3:10). Again it involves our Identities in Christ, that we are made righteous only through JESUS CHRIST, because Jesus Christ died for us we too are to live a righteous life not because we are self good, but because WE ARE CALLED HOLY, because of Jesus Christ, and we can say that “I Am Forgiven, I am made Righteous, I am made Holy. So, those who know and experience this grace, this forgiveness of sins and have been made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ, and are willingly following God because of the redeeming power are bold and courageous.
Again, it involves a lot of Identity in Christ, or else it will become self righteousness. There is power on the cross of Jesus Christ. The more you experience this grace of God and live a Godly lives, you will become bold and courageous.

3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit: This is another thing that can bring boldness and courage in one’s own live.

Acts chapter – 4 You can read the whole chapter if you do not know the story, these are just some few verses”:

Vs1-3 – The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.

Vs 8-12 – Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! …………

Vs 13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Vs 18-20 – Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

I wants to close with these verses from:
Joshua 1:7a “Be Bold and courageous”.
Romans 12:2b – “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.

Dave,
Aizawl, Mizoram, India.
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