2018 Fasting Guide – Day Four

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BOLDNESS

Boldness is not a suggestion for ALL IN Christians. The definition of boldness here is “showing or requiring a fearless, daring spirit.” That is not to say we are rude. It does not mean for Christians to push their way on others, but it certainly means that we are not afraid of being bold to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Jesus makes this very clear in this statement:

32 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV

 

Well, you may be saying, “This isn’t such an easy fasting guide.” That is why we are fasting. We must keep our body under submission to our spirit to even read these verses and take them to heart!

Deny here means “those who disavow, contradict or refuse Him before man.” So we need to evaluate before the Holy Spirit if we truly are living our lives in a contradiction to His characteristics that He says we should have. If someone asks us, “Why is JESUS the only way to heaven?” are we bold enough to tell them the truth?

Jesus is not another way; He is THE WAY!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV

 

If we are not able to say that with all confidence and reverence for the price Jesus paid for us, then we need to raise up our boldness.

To be bold we must have revelation from the Word on what we are saying. We cannot make excuses for who He is and what He has done. Jesus was bold enough to hang on a cross with all of our sins so we can enter in, and that is the boldness part we enjoy.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

 

When we need help, He is there. Jesus is still making intercession for us to help us in our times of trouble. He is still boldly coming before the Father for us. Now He is asking us, “If you are ALL IN believing in Me, then will you be ALL IN confessing Me to others with your words as well as your actions?”

When God was speaking to me about ALL IN, He used this illustration that we have seen demonstrated many times:It is a glass of water filled halfway up. We know that the next question often is, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” This is used as an illustration to help you to understand that if you look at the glass as half full you know there is more to look forward to. Half empty leads to futile thinking. But the Lord said to me, “If you are half full, you are totally empty.” I couldn’t breathe for a few moments as I let the impact of His words sink in.If we don’t stay full, with Him on the inside, we are not only not ALL IN, we aren’t in at all. So take time right now to get filled up again, and then determine to stay that way.

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