Stepping out boldly in our faith isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, it can be one of the most difficult parts of being a follower of Christ.
This week, Pastor Brian reminded us that bold faith is about moving in the direction of others so they can experience freedom in Jesus. Being bold in our faith is required if we plan to reach a world in need.
But, that’s not always easy, right? Part 1 of the bold faith series exemplified how resistance is inevitable when you step out in faith.
In fact, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)
That sounds a bit scary...but it doesn't have to be? In fact, Pastor Brian goes on to detail how resistance is inevitable in our walk as followers of Christ. But, resistance can lead us to obedience in Christ. Let’s see how.
We encounter all sorts of difficulty in our faith-walk. For Moses, it was Pharaoh, a pagan-worshipping, ruler. As Pastor Brian reminded us Sunday, Pharaoh’s prominence was intimidating, but his soul was worth the risk. Nine plagues were sent to Egpyt to get Pharaoh’s attention.
Think about your life, or the lives of your friends, family, and coworkers. What are some things God may be using to get our attention?
We encounter all sorts of things when trying to reach people.
#1 — The Me Problem (Ex
In the pride of his face, the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” (Psalm 10:4)
Pride only seeks to gratify self or to glorify self. When we become prideful, there’s no room in our hearts for God.
Pride cripples us — all we can think of is me, me, me — making us dull to the things of God.
So, let’s give it a thought. How often does your pride get in the way of an opportunity to share the gospel with an unbeliever? Or, how many times have you seen pride be the reason someone chooses not to pursue a relationship with Christ.
#2 - The Problem of Stubbornness (Exodus 7:20-22)
Stubbornness can be a lot like pride. Our unwillingness to follow God or not be open to change or adjustments is a problem. Being stubborn can stunt our spiritual growth.
But, doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Don’t we want God to work in us and through us?
This was the case with Pharaoh. His heart became hardened, and he was unwilling to change his mind and set the Israelites free.
What about us? How often do we become unwilling to change or have a “My way or the highway” attitude?
#3 - The Problem of Indifference (Exodus 7:23-23)
Chances are, we've all shown this attitude before. It displays itself as, “Well, what does it matter to me?” We see other folks suffering and in pain, but decide that it's not our problem. It seems like maybe, things would turn around if we took the time to care for this world.
Because that is what it will take to reach a lost world. It takes bold faith to reach a lost world, but it will also take fervent prayer and worship. Paul and Silas show us an example of that in Acts.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose. When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison standing open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul called out in a loud voice, “Don’t harm yourself, because we’re all here!”
The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He escorted them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house.
Paul and Silas didn’t let their situation interrupt their faith or praise. Several souls were saved as a result of their bold faith.
Your bold faith can open the door for God to work boldly — just as he did for this jailer and his family.
There's no limit to what God can do when we trust him and act boldly.