Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
We don’t need to accept what God has not given us (a spirit of fear), and we need to humbly receive and walk in what He has given us (a spirit . . . of power and of love and of a sound mind).
Boldness matters; without it, we can’t fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. God’s purpose for you is more than making money, being entertained, and being comfortable; it is for you to use the gifts He has given you to touch His people and help a needy world.
I know whom I have believed.
We must know what we believe; but it is even more important to know whom we believe. When we know how great God is; when God and His glory becomes the great fact of our lives, then we have real boldness.
I am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. Give Jesus your life, and know Jesus is fully able to keep it!
Why struggle for control and manipulation against circumstances as your dreams and desires seek to overwhelm you in a sea of sorrow and fear? You are not able to keep your own life – not even your breathing is voluntary but a gift from God.
So give it all to God who is well able and All Mighty.
What do you need to commit to Him? Everything that is precious!
Your life, your body, your character and reputation, your life’s work, everything is precious.
Fear and timidity will keep you from using the gifts God has given you to touch His people and a needy world. God wants you to take His power, His love, and His calm thinking and overcome fear to be used of Him with all the gifts He has given you.
Faithfulness matters, so hold fast the truth. Hold fast the pattern of sound words.
“I am coming soon; hold fast what you have so that no one may seize your crown.” Revelation 3:11
Hold fast suggests someone or something will try to take the truth from us; that unless we hold on in faithfulness, it will be snatched from us.
Faith and love describe how the truth is to be held. We hold it in faith, truly believing it and putting our lives on it; and we hold it in love, not in proud arrogance or self-seeking superiority.
If you think you are being faithful to the truth, but aren’t showing faith and love in your life, you may be nothing more than a Pharisee. They were a group in Jesus’ day that was very committed to holding certain teachings, but operated against the truth of God in Jesus Christ. There are many people in the Jewish Scriptures who had zeal but used it wrongly.
Do you remember the story of Saul, also known as the Apostle Paul?
Before Paul had the Damascus Road experience in which God spoke to him saying:
“Paul why are persecuting Me,”
Paul the religious Jew (Pharisee) was rounding up the Jewish Believers in Yeshua (Jesus) and persecuting them.
Paul’s zeal was being used against God’s (Y-H-V-H’s/HaShem’s) will.
The Psalmist King, David wrote,
“May all who hate Zion Be put to shame, and turned backward” (Psalm 129:5)
To his disciple Simon Peter, Jesus spoke these words:
“I have prayed for you, Simon,that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)
Jesus is in the heavenlies seated at the right hand of God Almighty ever living to intercede as mediator so that we may boldly come before God’s throne for the sake of one another to enter into truth and life. God’s Holy Spirit is sent into the heart of every true believer who asks. If Jesus had to pray for his disciple in that day, isn’t it vital today that we accept His intercessory mediation and the work of God’s Holy Spirit? We have a vicious foe who is determined to steal, to kill and to destroy all that is holy. Don’t we need God’s help?
The key to faithfulness is by the power of God’s Holy Spirit who is sent to live in us, for we are the temple of God. We are not sufficient in our own strength but God gives grace to those who humbly seek Him that produces a faithfulness that is greater. It is vital that we are walking in the Spirit and filled with the Holy Spirit, otherwise we are not able to keep faithful.
One thing that the Holy Spirit has been illuminating and boldly highlighting and underscoring is the fact that we are not able on our own; we are not all that, for we are weak creatures; but with God nothing is impossible! Our little becomes much with God! Nothing is so small that it escapes His notice. The God who sees even something as tiny as a sparrow falling to the ground and has counted our hairs is the same Creator who called the stars into being by name. This is the unlimited love of our Father in heaven.
It takes both faith and patiently holding fast to inherit God’s promises to us. We need to learn real staying power that comes from holding fast to all that He has said in His Word. Everything means something! It is there for our benefit. Take hold today and ask the Lord to help you that you may follow Him in all things rather than getting lost going your own way. His way is faithful and true and leads to life as we follow His Son, Jesus Christ, the Firstborn of God’s family.
This is true illumination even as a plant receives the light of the sun in order to bloom and grow, to persist boldly holding on, rooted and grounded in God’s good soil, His Word-His Love-His Life.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, Those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the land.” Psalms 37:7, 9
“In patience possess your souls.”
“Ye have need of patience.”
It is in waiting upon God that our eyes are opened to believe in His wise and sovereign will, and to see that the sooner and the more completely we yield absolutely to it, the more surely His blessing can come to us. The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God’s mighty working, and to make us in perfect patience place ourselves at His disposal. They that wait on the Lord shall inherit the land; the promised land and its blessing. The heirs must wait; they can afford to wait. (Andrew Murray)
“Let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire.”
When our eyes are open to the need to be as a lily that simply rests in perfect serene trust in God’s plan for its growth and beauty, that is the place where we find that perfect joy and strength in God alone. He is everything that we need!
Wait for Him for He is our crown, our rejoicing strength!
Hebrews 13:6, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”