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Qualified to Work

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

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Be Bold


“The Israelites are going to destroy the enemy. You have been chosen to lead them into battle.”
God’s message told Barak that He would be with him and that He would win the battle. Barak took that information and chose not to act on it.
Instead he begged Deborah, the judge who had delivered the message, to go to war with him. He said he wouldn’t go without her. 
Deborah told him that her presence would keep him from claiming the victory and that another person would receive the honor. To Barak, having Deborah by his side was worth the loss.
The country went to battle. They won. But Barak missed out on what had been given to him. 
He missed out on an opportunity to serve God unwavering. His faith in God could’ve been strengthened, instead he relied on man. He could’ve accomplished the task he had been given but another person would have to step in and take over.
Barak’s reliance on others, instead of God, affected his life and the way we remember him. He could’ve been known as a man of great faith. Instead we see him as a person that was weak and unsure.
You are in complete control of the decisions you make to the opportunities that God gives you. Will you rely on others to cover for you or will you rely on God? Your reputation and legacy are on the line. Be bold in following Jesus. 
Judges 4:1-22

Remember and Go On

  
As Stephen stood before the Sanhedrin Council he relayed the history of God’s chosen ones. This was the perfect connection to where they stood that day. As I read the account I could imagine the confidence within Stephen growing. He, hearing himself speak, was reminded of God’s goodness and favor. It gave him courage and boldness to deliver the message God had given him. 

I pray that we learn from Stephen. That we gain boldness to go forth in our calling because we remember that the One who called is Faithful.

Scripture taken from:

Acts 7:1-53

Prayers for Boldness

  
Paul was very vocal in advocating the early church. He was a missionary. He even penned down the majority of the Word. 

In the midst of all of these works he was asking for prayer for himself. He needed people to pray that he would be bold in opening his mouth, in spreading the gospel. 

Essentially he was relying completely on God to continue to use him. In Jesus, Paul found his strength.

That same Jesus wants to use us. Let us be bold like Paul and take our petitions before God. Ask for courage. He alone is the one to provide strength, opportunities and blessings. 

Scripture taken from:

Ephesians 6:19

One Authority

Before Paul converted to Christianity he had to get approval from his superiors to accomplish his goals.

Once he surrendered to Christ the need for man’s approval vanished. Christ became the One he answered to.

There is freedom in Jesus.

Recognize humans’ judgments for what they are: opinions.

Jesus is the only one with authority in your life.

Galatians 1:10-20

History Lessons

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Jephthah knew his history. He knew how God delivered time after time. He was able to quote the battles. To find strength from the victories. To be bold when faced by the enemy.

Not because he lived through all of those battles. Most of what he referenced happened three hundred years prior to the battle he was facing.

But because he knew that The Lord had always been faithful to his people he put his confidence in the one true God.

The Bible gives us an entire collection of accounts where God was faithful to his children. Get into his word. Study it out. Be strengthened by what it has to offer.

Jesus has never failed his chosen ones. He won’t begin with you. Find hope in his word.

Psalm 31:1

Judges 11:12-28

Go On

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So The Lord gave me a project. And I found myself tempted to nix the whole idea because the results may not be what I would like to envision.

But I was reminded that we aren’t called to follow God’s will only when we think it will yield good results.

We are called to follow him regardless of what may be in the future.

Boldly go forth knowing that God will have his way with your obedience. As a result the outcome will be great, even if doesn’t match up with your preconceived ideas.

Mark 13:11

Make Your Move

James 4:14

Ezekiel 12:2-3

Let’s say that you’re in a wicked place. People are doing terrible things. And you’re in the midst of them. You want nothing more but for them to change their ways.

What could prompt them to consider change?

You. Walking in the other direction. Taking a stand against the evil. Separating yourself from it.

Boldly make your move.

Courage

Hebrews 13:6

Queen Esther’s people were to be slaughtered.

She had two options:

1)she could keep her identity as a Jew hidden and watch the massacre, hoping the King wouldn’t find out her heritage

2)she could try to persuade the King on her and her people’s behalf

Gathering courage she decided that she would be a voice for her people. She asked them to fast for three days and three nights.

She understood that God had placed her in this position to save her people. She knew that He was on her side. Her response to the task laid out before her: “…and if I perish, I perish.”

Esther was willing to do the will of The Lord regardless of the outcome.

God blessed her courage and obedience. She and her people were saved.

No matter what the cost, no matter who is standing against you, trust in The Lord as your helper, your deliverer.

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