Bold as Lions

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Prov. 28:1 ESV)
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,
30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31 ESV)
In the face of threats, the promise of Proverbs 28 can seem a bit unrealistic. We must not forget that the righteous have an inheritance. Our inheritance is in Christ, the Holy Spirit is the seal of our salvation bearing witness to Christ in us. The people of God have always been known to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Let us not forget that Gods will is so many times accomplished through our prayers. If our prayer is God give us boldness in the face of threats too glorify your Name, then we can be assured that He will give us Power to do so. Sometimes the threats of our friends, coworkers, media etc. can threaten to shut up Gods work in us. All we must do is simply ask that the Lords will be done in our lives, and He will fill us with His Power too do that which He wills. The promise of boldness is not kept by us, but by the Holy Spirit. Let us not feel the pressure to live up to God but let us let God enliven us. Let us allow Gods life to flow through our earthen vessels. The life of a martyr is one who has died to the old man, and now lives a new life empowered by God. The people of God will not function under the law any longer. We will not work up a boldness that does not exist in us. We will confess our shortcomings to God and watch as His Spirit empowers us to be bold. You will be filled with boldness, as you lean on God. God is not only the promise giver, but the promise keeper, He is Faithful.

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