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Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

"He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. So we may boldly say: the Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can a man do to me?"

Hebrews 13:5-6

One of the outstanding marks of the New Testament believers, if not the outstanding mark, was their great boldness. These were not educated, upper class movers and shakers. They were common blue collar humble people. Yet over and over the scripture records how they responded to situations with a great confidence and boldness. The court before which Simon and John were called before to testify were surprised "when they saw the boldness of these uneducated and ignorant men". Their was no possible way for this band of misfits to accomplish their God given mission apart from a fearless courage in the face of such withering attacks. Had there not been something supernatural in their strength to stand strong they would have wilted and run to hide from their assailants and critics. How did these mild mannered people transform into warriors that would die willingly for their cause? The secret was the presence of God's Holy Spirit within them. Do you remember how Simon cowered before a few people around a campfire when asked if he was related to Jesus? How he denied even knowing Him because of fear? What happened to him that just fifty days later he stood with boldness and confronted the whole city with the gospel and charged them with crucifying God's Son? It was the touch of God's Spirit that came on him at Pentecost. He was transformed from a coward into a powerful leader. You and I live in a day that requires great courage to truly follow the Man Christ Jesus. However, this courage and boldness is not to be a personality trait or a natural inclination. It comes form the same source that caused a shepherd boy named David to stand up to a giant that was taunting him declaring to him "I will feed you to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field". Have you ever heard that voice? The voice of fear that held you back when you wanted to take a God given risk? It taunts, "what will they think", "what if you fail", who do you think you are, remember last time? The voice of intimidation paralyzes us and banishes us to live on the sidelines of life missing the adventure of our God given callings. It is time to declare as Hebrews says, "The Lord is with me and will not leave me, I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Renounce the tormenting insecurity and timidity that robs you of God's best and decide to live in the very confidence of Christ Himself. Humble yourself before the great God who never fears and ask Him to fill you with His courage and boldness to fulfill your destiny. Determine that fear will never hold you back again as you pursue a life that honors Christ and serves people.

Dear Jesus, I praise you that I can do all things through you as you strengthen me!


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