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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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