Oct 11, 2007
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Boldness is part of the character of the people of God.
Knowing WHEN to speak out is a quality ... or, byproduct ... of wisdom. It is a secondary, and sometimes unexpected consequence.
I have a friend whom I have known for over 50 years. He and his wife and children are wonderful Christians. My friend had never been to church as a young boy. We attended the same public schools for 12 years. One day, in the 8th grade, the teacher was expounding about the so-called marvels of evolution. I stood up and said, The Bible says that God made man. About 15 years later, my friend told me he had never forgotten what I said that day in the 8th grade, and it was instrumental in him becoming a Christian.
The Bible teaches us that the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:32. This passage has reference to the human spirit. The Greek word for subject here used is the word hupotasso and means to subordinate; be under obedience, or submit oneself to. However, the Holy Spirit is NOT subject to the prophets: neither to an inspired speaker, nor to one who is foretelling.
The Holy Spirit may come upon you at times and cause you to speak out boldly!
Proverbs 28:1 tells us, The wicked flee when no man pursues; but the righteous are bold as a lion. The Hebrew word here used is batach and means figuratively to trust, be confident, be bold, ... and, sometimes ... be careless.
Even the quietest of people can be changed under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus commented concerning the final days of Planet Earth:
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines,
and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great
signs from heaven.
But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name's sake.
It will turn out as a testimony for you.
Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict.
- Luke 21:10-15
Be ready for the Holy Spirit to make you bold in these days before His reappearing to Planet Earth.
And the Spirit of the LORD will come mightily on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man or, person. - 1 Samuel 10:6.
The Hebrew word used in the above passage for
come is the word tsalach and
means both literally and figuratively to push forward, to
break out, to be profitable, to make prosperous.
HERE IS A WORD FROM GOD FOR YOU:
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOING TO PUSH YOU FORWARD, AND CAUSE YOU TO BREAK OUT, AND MAKE YOU PROSPEROUS.
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