Meeting Jesus, Finding Strength

In my quest to work on boldness, I’ve been working through some thoughts on why people who were called by God were so bold. Moses stood up to Pharaoh.  Joshua took city after city.  David knew Israel was his country to lead.  Elijah was crazy bold in telling King Ahab what a wretched job he was doing.

My Bible studied IF:Gathering’s study called Rooted in the Word. The study took us through how to study a book of the Bible.  To do this, we worked through Philippians.  Paul is at his best in the beginning of Philippians.  He is so enthusiastic for the work of the church in Philippi.  Paul, also, reveals that he will do whatever he needs to do to advance the gospel of Christ.  This is where he famously says that “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  He is all about the road that leads to Christ and nothing about himself.  He epitomized the word “bold.”

But, what made him bold? Why was he so willing to live with such abandon?  Obviously, he was zealous and intense by nature.  We can see this when he is hunting Christians in the beginning of Acts. We can see it in his intensity with other early church leaders.  The guy was intense, but intense enough to die?  What was it that made him so singled-minded?

It was Jesus.  Paul saw Jesus.  The vision of Jesus was so compelling that Paul longed for the moment He could be in the presence of the almighty God again. It is the same with all those guys I mentioned above.  Whether it be a burning bush, God Himself, the anointing by Samuel, and however Elijah was called, the calling was so fierce and real, these men never looked back.  They sinned, but they never looked back.

Many, many times I waffle in being bold.  How many discussions have I been a part of where Christians talk about how can we tell people about Christ?  A thousand. How many times do I waffle and stay silent when I should speak up about Jesus? A thousand.  Why the hesitancy?  Why the timidity?  I have been thinking that perhaps it is because we do not understand the enormity and power of our God.

We need to seek after all things that God says is good- knowing His word, praying, fasting, and seeking the things He says is good.  I would encourage you to read and study the Holy Spirit.  Francis Chan has written an excellent book,  Forgotten God:Reversing Our Tragic Neglect on the Holy Spirit, explaining the Holy Spirit in a clear and concise way only Francis Chan can do.


1 Corinthians 2:10 says that even the Holy Spirit searches the things of God.  Become curious like the Holy Spirit.  Be like Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 and tell the Lord you are listening.  God is more than willing for you to search after Him.  In fact He loves it.  2 Chronicles 16:9 says, 11summerg 118

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

God wants to strengthen you.  Remember He absolutely loves you and wants the absolute best for you.

What are ways you need to seek after Him?  What are areas of your life where you need a revelation from the Holy Spirit?

Do the bold thing and seek after the one Person who will change everything.



About Janelle Upton

My name is Janelle and I am so glad you are here. I am a person who God brought out of a dark pit and set in a spacious place to be healed and really live. I love to study, read, and ponder all things that will lead me to understand who God is and what He is doing in my life. May what you read in this space lead you to walk closer to the God that is crazy in love with you.

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