When I began the series, I was quite decided. I was going to write this to encourage my sisters—and brothers—to be bold. I was going to share about the incredible journey God took me on, which was a mountain top experience. Then, life happened. My mother got ill, I miscarried, a load of other unplanned events took place. This allowed me to grow, and although it took a while for me to pen this, I know that it is timely.
I don’t know who needs to read this at this very moment in their lives, but I know it was delayed for a reason. I believe you will be blessed. May you be encouraged by those words, and to God be all the glory.
My Power Works Best in Weaknesses
Each time he [God] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9–10, NLT)
In the twelfth chapter of his second epistle to the Corinthians, Paul explains to them that we may/will have powerful spiritual experiences, just as he did. Those mountain top moments are easy to live. They are glorious; they make us feel and look good. Those, we can thank God for. This portion of Scriptures encourages believers to put pride aside and be bold, focusing on Who sustains us. Our boasting is more powerful when it happens in the difficult moments of life because that is when we fully depend on God. That is usually when we are too broken in our proud selves to take a step further, and then let God take a step for us. That’s when we understand grace, and know that despite it all, He is enough.
When you think about it, one’s testimony is much more powerful if during a time of deep hardship, they can find hope in the God of their salvation. By no means am I saying that a Christian struggling to find hope, or maybe even going through a depression does not have a good testimony. That may actually be a place of weakness just like the Bible describes. There should be no shame in feeling weak. God is there, even when the storm hits the hardest.
Life is hard and this is the reality. The bottom line to being bold, is not being fearless in the face of difficulties, but surrendering ourselves and boldly deciding to let God be God in the midst of it.
Paul knew he would die because of his bold ministry. Christians in his days were threatened and killed day and night. He was stoned twice; shipwrecked; was imprisoned several times. But he kept trusting God who took him further and further. At the end, he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Being Divinely Bold is about finding our strength in God and keeping on going. It is accepting where we are today, what we have, and mostly, who we are. God says to us, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” We can therefore declare, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God is good. He knows what he is doing. It may not always feel good now, but wait until we get into eternity. That will feel good forever!
Dare to stand today. To turn off the TV or radio and whatever lies they are selling. Dare to stand and move forward. Dare to dream of even make that uncomfortable decision that you know deep down inside to be from God. Trust in the Lord and be Divinely Bold.
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