Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Progression of Boldness

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD,
  When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
  For great is the glory of the LORD.
(Psalm 138:4-5)
We are coming into a time when all the kings of the earth shall hear the words of the LORD. Hearing, they shall believe, for faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Believing, they shall rejoice and sing praises to the LORD.

How shall this be? How is it that they shall hear the words of God’s mouth? Through you and me. Notice the words of David in verse three:
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
Boldness is the answer. Boldness is strength of soul, and it comes from the LORD — all we have to do is ask.

Look at what happened in Acts 4, when Peter and John were admonished by the magistrates to cease preaching the name of Jesus. They gathered with he believers of that city and cried out to the LORD:
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
(Acts 4:29-31)
Boldness comes from the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is the courage to speak the Word of God without fear, for it is accompanied by the authority of God. As the Word goes forth, all the kings of the earth shall hear and give praise to God, for the glory of the LORD shall be revealed in healing, signs and wonders.

Cry out to God for boldness to speak His Word with great authority. Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit, and you will receive power for bringing evidence — signs and wonders that demonstrate who Jesus is and why He came. Many will come to the LORD in this hour.

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