SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS

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This past week in Bible study at my church, Life Unlimited Empowerment Center, we discussed the importance of staying motivated while on our spiritual journey and taking bold steps toward our dreams. I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams and boldly move forward as you are led by the Spirit. If you are going to realize your dreams, boldness is imperative.

The morning after attending the Bible study, I was led to focus on Numbers 13, the account of the twelve spies sent to the Promised Land. The question popped into my mind, why were Joshua and Caleb so bold? What caused them to see things differently than their ten other counterparts? As I did the character studies, I found that Joshua and Caleb were different from the other spies in that they possessed the following characteristics:

  1. A strong confidence in the promise God had made to them. For example, in Numbers 13:1 we read that God promised them the land. They believed God would do what He promised, and that was fuel for their boldness. God has made you some promises. Believe that He intends to bring them to pass, and boldness will rise up in you.
  2. A strong faith that was birth out of circumstances orchestrated by God. In Exodus 17:14, we are told that Joshua fought and won against the Amalekites and told Moses to write it down so Joshua would remember. Because Joshua had experienced God giving him victory in the past, he developed a strong faith that he would need for the future. You too can expect God to orchestrate your circumstances to build the faith you need in the future to do exploits.
  3. A commitment to trust in and follow God no matter what happens. Joshua 14:14 states that Caleb “followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely.” In Numbers 14:24 we read, “My servant Caleb…has a different spirit and has followed me fully.” Therefore, we can conclude that the level of commitment in following the Lord is directly proportional to the level of boldness you will possess. If you are fully committed as Caleb was, you will be able to forge boldly ahead into your destiny in spite of the adversity that appears to loom before you.
  4. A proper view of God and themselves. The ten spies said they saw themselves as “grasshoppers” in Numbers 13:32. However, Caleb said in Numbers 13:30, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.” Apparently, Caleb saw himself as a conqueror. In Numbers 14:6-9, Joshua and Caleb said, “Do not fear the people of the land…Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us.” That signifies that they saw God as protector and defender, the decisive factor in gaining the victory, and that view of God was a solid platform for their spirit of boldness. Knowing Who your God is and who you are in Christ will enable you to be bold as well.

So if you want to be as bold as a lion, Child of God, stand on the promises of God. Embrace the circumstances that He allows to come your way for the purpose of building your faith. Be committed wholeheartedly to following the Lord and be determined that you will never turn your back on God regardless of the circumstances you encounter. Finally, know who you are and Whose you are on such a deep level that no one can convince you otherwise. If you have these four characteristics present in your life, you will find that boldness will rise up in you supernaturally.

What characteristic above resonates with you the most and why? Please leave a comment below. 

 

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KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE WITHIN

PEACE

Today I want to talk about keys to activating your peace.  Peace is a very precious commodity. We need to maintain our peace for several reasons: 1) to be able to hear from God; 2) to maintain our health; 3) to be a good witness to unbelievers; 3)  to be able to be able to dominate and speak peace to situations in our lives; and 4) to maintain joy which gives us spiritual strength. That being said, obviously, maintaining a peaceful spirit is imperative.

THE FIRST STEP: RECOGNITION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The first step to activating peace in your life is to recognize and acknowledge that you have it. Jesus said in John 14:27, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” That tells us that if you have the Spirit within, you have peace residing within. Finally, Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.” Therefore, it’s your choice whether you let the peace that’s in you rule or not.

KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE YOU HAVE

So now that you acknowledge that you actually do have peace within you, the question is, how do you activate that peace? It’s a shame that we allow the peace Jesus died to give us to lie dormant while the enemy wears us out with unnecessary anxiety and worry. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some keys to activating the peace which already resides within you:

  1. Identify wrong believing. I Corinthians 10:4 says that joy and peace are found in believing. When you uncover errors in your belief system and focus in on the promises of God, your heart will be settled and fear and worry will be dispelled. What are you believing?
  2. Pray and give thanks. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, make your request known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Have you prayed about it? Have you expressed gratitude to God for what He has done in the past to show Himself faithful and expressed confidence in what He will do in the future?
  3. Focus on the Word. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When you maintain a focus on the Word through worshiping God and speaking, meditating, and memorizing the Word, you are focusing on the Prince of Peace. God says He Himself will keep you peaceful. What are you focusing on?
  4. Focus on the peace within. When you feel anxious, you first have to recognize that you are out of peace, look within and “zoom in” on the peace in the midst of all the internal noise. Once you find the peace, you’ll begin to feel more peaceful, and then it’s a matter of maintaining that focus. It’s kind of like being in a crowded room with many conversations, but you hone in on the one person with whom you are talking. That’s called selective attention. What are you “selectively attending” to today? Your negative self-talk?

Beloved, you have to be intentional in your pursuit of peace, not passively stand by and let the devil beat you down with anxiety and worry. Peace is not going to just fall on you. Hebrews 4:11 says you have to LABOR to enter into rest. God has made the fruit of the Spirit available, but you must decide to pick it off of the Tree of Life and eat it.

Name a “peace stealer” in your life and how you plan to overcome it. Please leave a comment below. 

 

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