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Bold Faith – September 2016

Introduction to the Bold Faith Devotional Booklet 2016

Welcome to Bold Faith 2016

Bold Faith. What is it?

It is faith that has action! Belief plus doing. It is faith that believes our awesome God wants us to make choices based upon His promises.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-5).

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (1 Timothy 1:5).

Peter explains to us that God’s promises help us to participate in God’s divine nature. And Paul reveals that the Spirit that God gives us is not a spirit of bashfulness but one that is humbly and confidently bold.

When we started the Bold Faith Initiative five years ago, we considered the prayer in Joshua 10 in which Joshua asked God to cause the sun to stand still so that he could have more time to finish the work God had given him to do that day. That was a bold prayer that was accompanied by a bold routing of the enemy of Israel and of God. Faith plus action.

Our goal for this year’s Bold Faith Initiative expresses the same attitude. In these days of the 21st century, the church is being called to pray boldly and live boldly by faith. The 11th chapter of Hebrews helps us explore different facets of faith by giving us examples of what living boldly for the Lord looks like in the face of great cultural resistance and challenge.

In fulfillment of the last verse of Hebrews 11, we are bringing to completion the faith the ancients had in the Lord our God! In light of the great connection we have with them, may we live as boldly in our context as they did in theirs.

What will it take? It will take an absolute trust that God rewards those who believe and trust in Him (Heb. 11:6).

This month, let us ask the Lord, as the disciples did, to increase our faith! The pastors who are participating in this Bold Faith Initiative are praying that all of us together, living with Bold Faith, will accomplish God’s purposes. With the empowerment of the Spirit, God will do a mighty work just as He did in the life and times of the saints in Hebrews 11!


Faith-Gaining The Approval of God

Heb. 11:1-2

For the Christian – faith is assurance, faith is substance, faith is conviction, faith is a firm confidence in God. Faith is knowing His promises are true.

In Scripture God makes promises and we choose to believe them. Such as, believe in Jesus, the Son of God, and you will inherit eternal life (Jn. 3:16); Or, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5); Or, pray with thanksgiving and God’s peace will guard your hearts and minds (Phil. 4:5,6). We then make life choices based on these promises which may not make sense to others around us. They may ask, “Are you crazy?” or “Why are you doing ‘that’?” and our answer may simply be, “God has promised, I believe Him and I’m acting on it.” Bold faith.

When God promised Abraham he would have a son, Abraham believed God…bold faith.  When God told Noah it was going to rain and he should build an ark, Noah believed God…bold faith. When God told Gideon to reduce the size of the army and promised a great victory over the Midianites, Gideon believed God…bold faith.

Faith is that tangible intangible that causes us to know that we can trust God. We can walk by faith in God and not by sight (the circumstantial evidence that is apparent around us) because our faith is the substance that others cannot see. And this gains God’s approval!  Remember, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The 3-D magic eye pictures help us to understand faith. To many, those pictures are just some fancy designs. But to those who can see the wonderful 3-D objects that appear there is no question whatsoever that those objects are embedded within those pictures. Faith is like that. It can see the fulfillment of God’s promise, even when others can’t, and confidently makes life choices based on the promise.

As John MacArthur put it: “Faith actualizes into reality an unseen truth and commits a life to it.”  Faith comes from hearing God. Today, this week, this month put yourself in a place where you can hear the still small voice of God (and you might even hear his voice like a bullhorn). Then you can confidently live with Bold Faith because you know you ‘see’ what others cannot!

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”                JDB


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