Bold: Courageous and Unafraid

Joshua 1:9 I’ve commanded you, haven’t I? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Ephesians 3:11-12 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Holman’s Illistrated Bible Dictionary defines boldness in two ways. First, boldness describes the courageous manner of those preaching the gospel. Second, it describes the confidence that Christians can now approach God because of Christ’s redeeming work.

Though both definitions reference New Testament scripture, anytime the word courage comes up it takes me to Joshua. As God is passing leadership of the Israelites from Moses to Joshua, He commands Joshua to be strong and very courageous.

Leading a rebellious people through and into foreign land would be terrifying for me. Yet God commanded Joshua not to fear. Likewise, we are commanded not to fear but be strong and courageous as we walk in our Godly calling.

I am walking through a season of transition and struggle right now. And fear wants to be my constant companion. Fear of what comes next and not being able to handle whatever it is.

Like the butterfly, the struggle to emerge from what holds us back, makes our wings strong enough to fly. If we come out too soon we won’t be prepared. If we stay too long, we might die there.

The thing for me to do is stand on God’s promises and faith till I make it. And I do and it is hard. God will often allow life to place more on me than I alone can handle. It is His way of reminding me that my every breath is dependent on Him.

And only with Him am I able to rise to the next level of my journey. To free the butterfly within. A friend recently reminded me that we are to pray with authority.

We have power and authority given to us through Christ Jesus to approach God’s throne boldly. With confidence! This is the second definition of boldness.

“And we are confident he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” 1 John 5:14-15.

We can have faith that Jesus Christ redeemed us, paid for our sins once and for all, on the cross.

Therefore, in his name, with his power, we have authority to boldly and confidently kick Satan out of our lives.  Command that he pay back what ever he stole from you with a sevenfold return. Your peace, your innocence, your financial freedom, your marriage, your children, your joy!

We only need use what we already have in our possession, the Sword of the Spirit – God’s Holy Word.

Stand up! Go look in the mirror. Put on the full armor of God. Proclaim it loudly with me today and everyday. “I do not fear! I am strong and courageous! I am strong and very courageous! God, my God, is with me! I. Am. Free!” Selah… Andrea



Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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