Faith Is Boldness
God is the God of strength and defense (Ex15:2; Is12:2).
To those who take refuge in Him He becomes their defense of salvation (Ps31:1-2) and
He lets those who have boldness through faith approach Him (Eph3:12).
Faith is to make God one’s defense and gaining boldness.
The life of this faith is living by great boldness in Christ to confidently go before His throne (1Ti3:13; 1Jn4:17).
Because of their worries, anxieties and fears of war, terrorism, diseases, hardship, aging etc
People seek ways to be reassured by all types of insurances.
While at times there are fearless people such as adventurers, daredevils, police officers,
They rely on their weapons, defense equipment, body armor etc for protection.
Nevertheless, the Bible highlights that there will come a time for all
To die once and after that face judgment (He9:27) where no material protection can help.
Deceived by the devil, the ancestor of mankind, Adam, sinned and death entered all (Rm5:12) and
The devil became the ruler of death and fear came to all men (He2:14; 2Pe2:19),
Destined to follow him to the eternal fire (Mt25:41).
Yet the Bible records those who made God their defense and lived boldly:
Fearing for his life after killing his brother, Cain pleaded with God and
Received a mark of salvation (Ge4:14-15);
Though he initially hesitated, after receiving the divine authority
Moses did not fear the king’s anger and carried out the exodus of Israel (Ex6:20-7:1; He11:27);
Even though the pharaoh pursued them, Israel marched out of Egypt boldly (Ex14:8);
Not losing their courage even after seeing the land and its giants,
Joshua and Caleb conquered Canaan (Nu13:18-20, 14:9; Jos1:1-9),
While all who saw themselves as grasshoppers and feared died in the desert (Nu13:31-33, 14:23).
Young David who beheaded the giant Goliath who was in full armor (1Ki17:1-51);
Esther who risked her life to break the law and went before the king (Est4:16); and
Daniel and those who quenched the fury of the flames and
Shut the mouths of lions (Da3:26-27, 6:22; He11:34).
Despite this history of boldness, Israel looked to Egypt’s shade for refuge and
Tried to become strong on their own and consequently faced a lasting curse (Is30:1-3).
The only thing they had to look to was the temple where the name Jehovah was (Ps27:14).
Yeshua appeared and said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” and
Angered the Jews but through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-21),
He would not in the name Jehovah but in the Father’s name Yeshua (Jn5:43),
Become the defense of salvation for not only the flesh but both the soul and the flesh (Mt10:28-31).
As such, He became a shield for the adulterous woman (Jn8:2-11),
While His boldness intimidated Pilate a man of great power and faced death boldly (Jn16:33, 19:11).
As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Used His life as His authority and boldly entrusted His spirit to the Father (Lk23:46;
Jn10:17-18), for the Word in the beginning became flesh (Jn1:1, 14) that is weak and
without defense so the Father alone is the strength and defense to save (Is12:2; He5:7);
2) Through His death judged the devil, the ruler of death (He2:14); and
3) Delivered all men who were held in slavery by their fear of death (He2:15) and with His
redeeming blood cleansed their sins making a way for them to confidently approach His throne (He10:19-20).
He resurrected and ascended to heaven and boldly went before God (Jer30:21; He9:24).
The Holy Spirit whom He sent came in the name Yeshua
To those who gained confidence through His blood (He10:19-20) and
Gives those who believe the name Yeshua boldness through faith (Eph3:12).
As such, Peter once a coward testified His resurrection fearlessly (Lk22:61; Ac4:20), and
Even in danger the early church gathered, prayed and preached the gospel boldly (Ac4:28-31).
Not bowing to tribulation or bondage, Paul testified Yeshua Christ
To the synagogues, the kings and even the Roman emperor (Ac22:1, 25:25).
The Christian is he who has the boldness by faith:
1) Even if he sins, by the blood of Yeshua he gains the confidence to go before the temple, the
church, to worship (He10:19; 1Jn2:1) and no matter what never gives up on his spiritual life;
2) Prays in the name Yeshua and the Father hears him (He4:16; 1Jn5:14); and
3) Casts out demons in the name Yeshua and drives away any sickness or curse (Mk16:17; He13:6); and
4) Boldly speaks the word of God (Ac4:31),
For when his soul leaves the flesh,
The place to go to, the Father’s house, is secured for him (Lk23:46).
When I consider what I’ve done, I cannot dare to go before God.
But by the blood of Yeshua I’ve gained the boldness to go before Him.
If I face the reality I cannot live a day without worrying and
If I think about the future it only brings on fear.
Though we are like grasshoppers before them all,
Let us have the faith that never fears death — if I perish, I perish!
The boldness by faith! Let us call on the name Yeshua alone! Amen.