Wednesday, October 31, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity-Day 23: Bold

It's Halloween night and we've finally changed out of costumes and into pajamas at our house.  Our kids were dressed as Anakin Skywalker and a ghost, but we saw tons of other characters throughout the night.  We saw princesses, super heroes, various horror movie replicas and much more.  Despite the difference in costumes, everyone had one thing in common: they were pretty much fearless.  Sure, it's generally just a fun time, but there really is a unique boldness in the air on Halloween night.  People talk differently and they even walk differently; it's interesting to watch.   There's something about walking around in a costume or hiding behind a mask that seems to give people confidence they don't usually have. 
What if we had that kind of boldness every day?  Think of the difference we could make if we approached each day with that fearless attitude that we carry around on Halloween. There are lots of things about following Christ that require boldness.  From speaking about God, to praying, and the way we approach life in general, we see lots of encouragement to make boldness of a part of our lives.     

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. ~1 Corinthians 16:13
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6
"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." ~Acts 4:31
"Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.” ~1 Chronicles 19:13

"He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!" ~Acts 28:31
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." ~Hebrews 4:16

Some of these are taken from specific stories and some are written in letters of encouragement.  It's ideal to read these verses from the full passages to get the big picture, but even by themselves, we get encouragement we can apply to our lives right now.  We see encouragement to approach God with boldness, reverent boldness.  We see encouragement to speak of Him boldly.  We see encouragement to be strong, be faithful, and to be bold while we're going through our battles each day.  C.S. Lewis writes, "Jesus Christ did not say, 'Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.'" It takes lots of boldness to lead others into discipleship. We can't do that at all without saying things that require courage, without approaching God Himself with boldness, or living with authenticity and boldness.  
You don't need costumes, masks, and fake personas to live with boldness; you have the Holy Spirit living in you and through you.  Let Him empower you today.  Draw that boldness from Him. Let it change how you speak, how you pray, and how you cope with life. Most importantly, let it change you; let that courage transform you into a warrior who is confident enough to live authentically in a manufactured, cookie-cutter world. 

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