Freedom for #2: Boldness
Freedom for #2: Boldness
Jesus has set you free from Satan, egoism, the lessor voices, and fear. Jesus has set you free for service, boldness, righteousness, and eternal life. This is session two of freedom for teachings, we’ll consider boldness.
The original meaning of bold in the New Testament is prudent, sensible, behavior that “fits” a situation. Bold means you aptly carry out God’s will by doing what He calls you to do with sound reasoning. [Strong's Greek: 4995. σωφρονισμός (sóphronismos) -- self-control (biblehub.com)]
The Message paraphrase reads—
2 Tim 1:7 (MSG)
God doesn't want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving, and sensible.
Jesus has set you free to be bold. Bold to enjoy and use the gifts God has given.
John 8:36 (NLT)
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
John 6:40 (NLT)
For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
God gives His children gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. [see Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:6-10, Ephesians 4:11, 2Timothy 1:6, and 1 Peter 4:11)
From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be— Three against two, and two against three; Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law."
They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he's doing God a favor.
Matthew 5:11-12 (MSG)
Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence.
It’s by cultivating a continual conscious presence of Jesus that you will find the power to discern, the “power to cope, the power to shoulder the back-breaking task, the power to stand erect in face of the shattering situation, the furious opposition, the power to retain faith in face of the soul-searing sorrow and the wounding disappointment; power to pass the breaking point and not break.” (Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT). It is by cultivating a constant sense of Jesus being with you that you will have the power to be bold.