Timid or Bold

You’re the only answer to the darkness
You’re the only right among the wrong
You’re the only hope among the chaos
You are the voice that calls me on

Louder than every lie
Our sword in every fight
The truth will chase away the night

Your name is power over darkness
Freedom for the captives
Mercy for the broken and the hopeless

Your name is faithful in the battle
Glory in the struggle
Mighty, it won’t let us down or fail us
Your name is power
Your name is power

I know it is written, hope is certain
I know that the word will never fail
I know that in every situation (Yes I know)
You speak the power to prevail

Your name is faithful in the battle
Glory in the struggle
Mighty, it won’t let us down or fail us
Your name is power
Your name is power

When you speak, you scatter darkness
Light arrives and heaven opens
Holy spirit
Let us hear it

Your name is faithful in the battle
Glory in the struggle
Mighty, it won’t let us down or fail us
Your name is power over darkness
Your name is power in the chaos
Your name is power

“Your Name Is Power” by Rend Collective: Irish Christian Gospel

 

When we are young, everybody, at some point, is timid or shy.  We hide behind our parents or furniture when someone we aren’t quite sure of comes into the room.

I was a loner from early kindergarten.  I would go off on my own to paint or draw.  Something I did all by myself.  One day the teacher wrote in my report card, that I didn’t participate in group activities, Daddy wrote back, she marches to the tune of a different drummer.

Some hold on to this shyness even into our teens.  I remember when I was in grades 7/8.  I didn’t make friends very easily.  I wouldn’t eat my lunch in the cafeteria like everybody else.  I would find a spot all by my self.  My favourite spot was under a stair well.   One day I was found out, by the Vice-Principal.  He got me out of my comfort zone and gave me a job in the cafeteria.  I was a cutlery watcher.  Kids who had hot lunches would bring their trays and dishes to the garbage area where they would scrape off the remnants of lunch into a can, and I was to watch that the knives and forks didn’t get scraped into the bin as well.  For doing this watchful task I was awarded a free hot lunch a week.  I didn’t need the lunch, my Grandma always gave me a nice lunch.  But this little task got me out of my comfort zone and amongst other kids.

Sometimes we need to be pushed a little out from our comfort zones, to be a bit braver or bolder.  In today’s society we have to be bolder or we will be run over like a blade of grass under a lawn mower.

In today’s society many want to remove God from everything.  Christians today are subject to many forces trying to silence us.  Some places in the world are overtly persecuted to the point of being put to death.  In other places such as where we live, secular forces try to intimidate believers into silence.

Why do people turn away, put their back up, scowl, when Christians speak about God?  People want a life without accountability.  Jude 1:16 (NIV), “These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.”  God is King of the universe – with spiritual laws – we live in a lawless time.

The Word of God cannot be silenced!  Our gospel is unstoppable!  For over 2,000 years believers have been armed with the Holy Spirit – a powerful force in the face of any threat.  The disciples of old were there with Jesus and saw first hand what He could and did do,  We, of course, are working on faith, on belief of what Jesus did, what He has done for us, and what He can do for others.  We need not be timid or run away when we are faced with those who don’t believe.  We don’t need to pound the pavement, shake our bibles and yell at people about God.  This is not the kind of bold I’m talking about.

If the opportunity arose that someone was interested in the way you portray yourself, the way you are humble, the way you help others, and love them.  Absolutely tell them how that happened for you.  That you asked for forgiveness of your sins and changed the way you do things, by doing what Jesus would do and the blessings that have been given you for trusting in God.  That’s being bold.  And if they want to know more tell them how it can be for them, if they’ed only believe.  That’s being bold.

Christians, keep focused.  Be encouraging.  Pray.  We are not to be isolated, but reach out to others – it’s needed so much today.  We are vulnerable too, and it’s times like these we need to share the importance of God for others as well as ourselves.  We can’t have fear, the kind of fear that paralizes us, but the fear (honour, respect, obedience, worship) for God, if we have that, then we have a divine Protector.  Why would we fear anyone or anything else?  Isaiah 50:7 (NIV)“Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

As Christians we have to contend for our faith.  Do battle, fight through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to show an extraordinary love.  To walk by faith that those around us can see our joy.  Our actions of kindness and love and prayer – will make differences in those who see.  We have targets on our backs, but we can’t let the unbelievers stop us.  We are in this world, but not of this world.  John 15:19 (NIV), If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”   We don’t have to stand on compromise, because we stand for the truth, that is Jesus Christ.  Jude 1:20-21 (NIV), But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Being timid and running away when we are faced with those who don’t believe, is not an option.

  So, Go Ahead!  Be Bold! in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We reaffirm our love for Jesus by telling others the love He has for them and by doing what He asks of us.  This is our motivation for being BOLD!  Acts 28:31 (NIV), “Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.”