Shadows

What are you hiding from right now?

Is it finding a job? Is it school work? Is it your family? Things from your past? Future opportunities?

Are your fears and anxieties taking control? Keeping you in your safe place?

I know how easy it is to just stay quiet. To just sit in bed all day or go the whole day without interacting with others. To not deal with the things we are struggling with. To hide in the shadows.

But guess what? WE were born for such a time as this.

There's no better time than RIGHT NOW to step out of the shadows and be all that we were created to be.

God wants us to know our worth and have confidence in ourselves to do the things we would otherwise put off and hide from. He made us unique. He filled each of us with many talents and strengths in order to go out and change the world in His name.

The Bible constantly reminds us that we are never alone because God is with us. He is our protector from all things evil. He is our shield. He is our salvation.

He wants us to soar on wings like eagles, not hide in a field like mouse.

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Three ingredients to Christian boldness are spirit-empowered conviction, courage, and urgency. Without some sort of conviction that something needs to be said or done, then why would we need to be bold? We then have to have the courage to go and do whatever it is that we have felt convicted about. Also, if we do not have any sense of urgency, then we will never move.

We can not be lukewarm, indifferent, or fearful, and still be bold.

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In Acts 4, the disciples received threats from the local authorities which were persecution and possible execution. Did the church decide to run away into hiding? No, they decided to pray for boldness:

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.” . . . And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29, 31)

Wow, wow, wow. That's the kind of boldness that I want for my life! All we have to do is have the courage to ask, knock, and seek until the Lord answers our prayers!!!

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If you know me at all, then you know how shy I am. I've realized it more as its come to affect relationships and hold me back from things that I know I could have done. Lately, I've been praying a similar prayer as the disciples. To step out of the shadows where I've been hiding, trying not to draw attention to myself....

This line in this song Only You has been on my heart recently, “May we thirst, May we crave, who you are and who you’re wanting us to be”

When we realize that our sole purpose here on earth is to further His kingdom. And that he should be seen through us, then we stop acting so selfishly. It's time to break through all of the walls that have been in your way and that have been your excuse all this time. Crave and thirst Him!! Be the person that God created you to be because I know that person is pretty amazing!!!

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I can’t face the world on my own. But with his strength and his hand guiding me, I can do anything that I put my mind to and so can you!! I'm praying for boldness for each and every one of you! It's time to step out of the shadows!!

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"And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear" - Philippians 1:14

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38

"The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" - Romans 8:31

"in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him." - Ephesians 3:12

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