One day, about a year ago, I decided I needed a verse for that day. I checked my Bible app, and it was Acts 4:31.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the word of God with FREEDOM, BOLDNESS, and COURAGE.” (AMP)
I was almost speechless when I heard those words. Those words hold real weight. I decided from that second, I wanted to live a life full of each of those.
In the time between reading that verse, and now, God has absolutely rocked my world, and completely changed my life. I am now, more than ever, so hungry for a life overflowing with freedom, boldness, and courage. And I believe we are all called to this.
So what could that look like?
The actual definition of freedom is: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
So for us as Christians, we should declare that we want a life overflowing with the freedom that Christ died for.
The definition of courage is: The ability to do something that frightens one, or, strength in the face of pain or grief.
For courage, We want to NEVER let fear have any dominion in our lives.
The definition of boldness is: the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger.
We want to have the courage to be bold in our calling, and sharing God with the world.
I want Liberty to be full of freedom, boldness, and courage, the way these people in Acts were.
I was listening to a podcast by Kris Vallotton from like 3 years ago, and he said, “The Kingdom within you, becomes the Kingdom around you.” Let’s be individuals that preach the word of God with freedom, boldness, and courage, that live with freedom, boldness and courage, and have CONTAGIOUS freedom, boldness and courage. Everything around us will change.
In the Bible, God multiplies what we DO have, not what we don’t.
In 2 Kings 4, Elisha continued to multiply the oil until there were not any other basins to fill.
In Mark 6, Jesus multiples the bread and and fish to feed the 5000, because the bread and fish were what they had.
God will multiply what we are bringing to Him.
Jordan Seng of Bluewater Mission in Hawaii said something in one of his podcasts that really struck me once. “There’s a difference in saying I believe in Jesus, and saying, I want the presence of God overflowing in my life.” I think in order to experience FULLY what God intends for us, we have to pursue these words in Acts 4:31. I see it as presents on the mantle on Christmas morning. These amazing things that we truly are desperate for, just sitting there. Waiting for us to grab them. It’s Christmas morning, we have been given the okay to open our gifts, why are we just sitting and staring at them? Let’s dive into the things God has for us.
So what I want to really just leave everyone with is the declarations mentioned earlier, and make them your own.
I want a life overflowing with the freedom Christ died for.
I want the courage to never let fear have any dominion over my life.
I want to have the courage to be bold in my calling, and share God with the world.