1 Thessalonians 2 verse 2 says:
But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.
Even in times of conflict and when under attack, Paul, Silas and Timothy still acted with boldness in their God and in the gospel message.
When conflict comes and when difficulties arise, our first reaction is to shrink back. Our emotions tell us to pull back and take the safe option. But that is not what God in looking for.
The man or woman of God who remains bold in tough times is the person who is aware that God is at work.
- Instead of sensing danger, they sense opportunity
- Instead of being intimidated, they are invigorated by the battle
- Instead of seeing the enemy at work, they see God at work
Boldness comes from knowing our God. The more we know Him, the more we know He is good and able to overcome every difficulty and opposition.
The person who knows their God knows that suffering and hardship will be turned around for our good. And so they can step out in boldness.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for working in my situation. I thank you you have overcome the world. I ask and receive boldness today to keep on the assignment you have for me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Anna Popescu says
Bruce, thanks so much for this great and timely reminder!