“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.” (Acts 4:29 NKJV)
Boldness is an attribute of the believer, without which we cannot activate the mind of Christ within us (1 Cor. 2:16). You cannot have been with Jesus and still entertain fear in your heart (Acts 4:13), because boldness is funded from being in God’s presence, for with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37). When we wait upon the Lord, trusting and believing His word, He makes everything beautiful in its time (Eccl. 3:11).
God is raising a new set of righteous believers who are bold (Prov. 28:1), confident and fearless (Matt. 11:12) to fulfill His purpose in this nation. The word of God is designed to discipline, push and motivate us into our destiny (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God expects us to demonstrate boldness (John 17:22) in every area of our life in order to succeed and fulfill His divine purpose for us. The boldness not only to speak with authority (Mark 1:22), but also to influence, change and affect our immediate environment.
God expects us to boldly declare His counsel everywhere we are and continue on the path that He has ordained for us, no matter the cost or hardship that may we may encounter on the way. Being bold is having the courage to speak against what is wrong, no matter what others think or what it will cost you.
The boldness comes through the confidence of knowing who we are in Christ (Eph. 3:12). A confidence that is based on the knowledge that God loves me (John 3:16), and will protect and preserve me (1 John 4:4). A confidence based on the knowledge that God’s plan for me is the best for my life (Jer. 29:11).
When we refuse to boldly step out, because we are afraid to fail, makes us to have a cowardly and pessimistic outlook of life. We become too fearful and unable to fulfill the plan and purpose of God for our lives. We end up being frustrated and looking for whom to blame for our inadequacies, apart from ourselves.
God never fails. We must be bold to stand on the word of God. We must not be afraid. Remember, it is not about us, but all about what God has commanded us to do (Josh. 1:9). We must deliberately refuse to live in fear, even though everything around us is designed to make us afraid. For we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).