BOLDNESS: I’ve always thought myself to be a bit on the ‘bold side,’ and just recently… a friend told me, in complimentary form…that he viewed me as a ‘bold warrior.’ I’ve NEVER applied specific words to that idea… rather, I just thought of myself as being ‘on the pushy side.’
I thought myself to be FORWARD… a straight talker. I never wanted anyone to have to ‘read-between-the-lines’…. to miss-understand my point. I’ve ALWAYS favored the DIRECT approach. …. Didn’t think of myself as being BOLD.
Over the last five year, though, I’ve become to feel different. Today… I wear my Badge of BOLDNESS on my hat brim, on my lapel, and around my neck. I ‘hang it out’ for ALL to SEE, hear… or touch. In times PAST… I was easy prey for satan. I REALIZE now, that God has been putting me through ‘many years’ of TRAINING. God was PREPARING me to REPRESENT Him… in fighting worldly evil.
I knew satan was attacking me… attaching himself to my thought, word, and deed. For sure… satan….KNEW me… by name. He, or ‘one of his drones’ was always walking in my SHADOW. I knew it. But then… so did Jesus … my PROTECTOR. The EVIL one… recognizes me from the ‘old days,’ when he RULED my life; and he’s not prepared to ‘give-up’ on his old cronie. The ‘evil one’ wants me back. But, this time… I not an ‘easy take.’ I’m protected by the BLOOD of JESUS. Today… I’m a WARRIOR for CHRIST. I’m dressed for BATTLE. Not today satan!
This is not just me….The EVIL one is after all of us. He’s biting at our heels, testing us, placing worldly temptation in our path, trying his best to pollute our minds with worldly filth. Be on the ‘look-out.’ Realize this… if we don’t ‘feel the evil one’s presence… then perhaps we’ve given in… and don’t realize he’s controlling your life.
What are the ‘signs’ that satan has ‘sucked you in’ to his evil ways?
Being over-confident; too comfortable with who we are; indulgent; too tolerant of issues that we know are against God’s law; apathetic; too willing to be like the ‘other guy;’ too willing to skip church, skip prayer, skip the Golden Rule, skip politeness, accepting rudeness as normal… and find disobeying God’s PLAN is becoming easier and easier…. when we really KNOW BETTER. The Holy Spirit makes us aware when we’re doing WRONG… yet, we continue to do it. This is when satan is ‘biting at our heels’… and we are favoring satan’s attack… over God’s LOVE.
We are told in… Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Remember: Where satan is… Jesus is NOT. Where Jesus is… satan is NOT. The Choice? Who do we want to spend eternity with? Jesus… or satan?
…Blessings…to all, as we seek to ‘be BOLD for Christ.’ …cjlb…3/9/2018