Boldness. Wouldn’t it be great if we were so confident in what God is calling us to do, we lived our lives fully believing his words? Living confidently is possible, even when you don’t fully understand what’s happening in your life. Realistically, we’re not going to fully, or even mostly, understand what’s happening in our lives. You can live more confidently and be bold right now, doubts and all.
Building a foundation for boldness
Confidence and boldness can either be driven by selfishness or derived from faith grounded in something bigger than ourselves.
There’s a difference between being empowered with boldness from the Holy Spirit and striving for boldness limited by human ability. Our boldness and confidence come from running after God’s will and towards God’s glory—the kind of boldness beyond our imagination.
“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
With the Holy Spirit, we find our purpose and the confidence to move forward. Anything else naturally ends because only the work of the Holy Spirit is eternal. You have a part of the new promise, it’s time to believe in your role and God’s abilities through you.
Your foundation of boldness is built on confidence in God’s desire to use you, Jesus’s promise of a new covenant with all who believe in him, and your choice to work with the Holy Spirit.
From glory to boldness and back again
Boldness can be tricky, especially for women. What kind of bold are you—strong, outspoken, unafraid…daring even?
“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:12
Embrace hope and glorify God. That’s bold. Every good thing reflects the glory of God. It’s the type of glory-hope-boldness circle that builds us up and pulls others in.
Boldness looks good on you. Embrace it.
You might be the only way someone sees the glory of God. Imagine the power of the Holy Spirit through you. If the glory of God was so blinding that Moses and the Israelite people couldn’t look at it, imagine the power of the Holy Spirit in you. The glory of Jesus through the Holy Spirit is infinitely more glorious and you have a part.
Glory like that demands boldness from you.
Boldness of faith
So what does it mean to live boldly in your faith? Believe. Accept. Act.
Believe. Don’t just hear. Believe everything God says. If he says you’re an awesome mama—you’re an awesome mama, even on the days you’re also a grouchy mama. If he tells you to work hard right where you are, quit trying to move on. When he says he’s chosen you—he’s chosen you!
Accept. You choose to accept, ignore, or yearn. Accept his purpose in your life wholeheartedly. Even when the job feels too hard, less than glamorous, or thankless, look for the greater purpose.
Act. Do what you’re called to do. Reach out. Find your people. Use your gifts. Do the thing God is asking you to do.
Live more confidently and be bold
The only way you can live more confidently and be bold is to face everything holding you back. Everything means—your doubt, your fear, your limiting beliefs about yourself, and all the ways you let other people’s opinions cloud the truth God is revealing in your life. Before you can believe, accept, and act, you must face the truth.
- Acknowledge your doubts and come to terms with the fact that you don’t know everything. Having questions about your faith is natural. Feeling inadequate when you’re doing something new is understandable. You have a lifetime of experience to build.
- Release fear’s grip on your decisions. Fear is a liar and you don’t have to believe. Failure is a distinct possibility all the time, but so is success. Just because you might fail, you’re not a failure. Separate your worth from your results.
- Allow God to determine your path, not other people. Just because your mama, mother-in-law, neighbor, or the person across the aisle isn’t doing the same thing or doesn’t understand, you’re not automatically wrong. Allowing other people’s opinions, short-sightedness, or discomfort to skew your vision is dangerous. God’s glory doesn’t depend on someone else’s opinion.
- Rely on God for all your needs—the plan, the tools, the timing. Everything is from him.
Bold looks good on you. Live more confidently and be bold to show the world what God has in store for all of us.
Live Confident–Sufficient in Christ, Bold, & Free.
Enjoy the full Confident series.
Being Your Best Is Not About You
Live More Confidently and Be Bold
Choose to Be Confident (even when you don’t feel it)
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