Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
When one speaks the Word of God, it should come forth with a level of certainty, decisively, with conviction, and boldness that what is being said is indeed from the Lord. I am fully aware that all of us can have thoughts and opinions that are good to address, but cannot be spoken with the boldness and certainty that comes with being fully invested in faith. While we may discuss these things with others, especially those of proven wisdom and insight, and while they may even burn passionately in our hearts and minds, faith provides a level of boldness that should eclipse all other sources. By being bold, I am not implying loud. There are many loud voices with no faith at all, only anger, bitterness, vindictiveness, and hatred. Loudness does not mean victory; faith does, for this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith (1 John 5:4).
When speaking in faith, one needs to speak and stand in all the godly boldness available to them. Such boldness arises from several sources.
- After the new birth, and grows in its richness as the believer’s knowledge of his righteousness grows (Proverbs 28:1).
- When he is filled with Holy Ghost (Acts 2).
- As the knowledge of covenant Word increases in the heart of the believer (Acts 13:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-18).
- When one walks in one’s own anointing that has taught the believer (Luke 4:18-21; 1 John 2:20-29).
- When one does the work of a deacon, serving the ministry of helps with right motive (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
While this is not intended as an unabridged list of sources of boldness in the faith, it does set the stage. As one studies the Word of God on this matter, more elements may be seen, and even the ones listed may be greatly amplified. The take-away from this examination is this; boldness from God is indeed available, and at great levels. And when one stands in faith that is securely anchored in the Word of God, boldness is a powerful asset that God has not only made available, but which one can increase by applying themselves in obedience to God’s Word.
Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-26; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 5:1-5; Matthew 15:6; Hebrews 12:2; Mark 7:13; Romans 4:17; Galatians 5:6; Romans 12:3; James 5:16; Romans 10:6-17; 1 Timothy 3:13