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COURAGE IS BORN OF TRUST!

Boldness is a trait exhibited by many New Testament figures and is defined in their courage, which would be born through trust in God and His Christ. God’s purposes and the revelation of His power in Christ depended on the bold acts of those who put their trust in Him.

1 Corinthians 1:21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” 

Peter and the Apostles would preach the Gospel to the Jews; and state in the face of the large audience that knew they been responsible for the Messiah’s death that they should be saved from among this perverted generation. Can you imagine the courage this involved – Acts 2:40?

Can you imagine the courage that Peter and John demonstrated in the presence of the Sanhedrin, when forced to defend the authority behind the notable miracle they had performed, and even after they were commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus any longer? Note their response:

Acts 4:19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.”

The Apostle Paul would boldly preach Christ to both Jew and Gentile; in synagogues, by rivers, in open theaters, and in the privacy of homes. For his efforts he was imprisoned; beaten by both Jews and Romans, stoned, shipwrecked, and a surplus of other perils – 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.

Two final things I would like to share:

First, I have used Apostles of Jesus Christ for the above examples; however, it did not require Apostleship in order to demonstrate the kind of courage necessary in order to serve God to His purposes. We should consider such illustrations as Silas of Acts 16:19-25; Jason of Acts 17:5-9; Crispus and Sosthenes of Acts 18:8-17; Gaius and Aristarchus of Acts 19:29; to name just a few. What motivated these men along with the Apostles? The same thing that should give us courage to this very day!

Hebrews 4:14-16Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Second, an important characteristic of these bold Biblical figures is that they act with the knowledge that whatever they do is subject to God’s authority. They may act boldly, but always with the understanding that it is God who is in control and has purposed that certain events would follow the life of the faithful, especially in courage – 1 Peter 4:12-14. It is this understanding of submission in trust that separates and distinguishes this boldness in God from brashness, which does not acknowledge God.  

Brashness is the religious fanaticism born of hatred, prejudice, and often self-elevation. This fanaticism has always been harmful to all men (regardless of what religious entity produces it) and contrary to the teachings of God.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

It is the bold presentation of the word of God in expression, deed, humility, patience, and without a quarrelsome nature that leads opposition to affect change in their lives (2 Timothy 2:24-26)!

The success of these brave examples of boldness was never measured by numbers changed; governments overthrown, or infidels killed – but by the work itself in educating men to God through Christ!

Will Our Names be listed with The Brave Men and Women who have Served God even to Death?

If we Trust God, it Will!