“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (PV 28:1)
Boldness is one of the great qualities of a true leader. To be bold it means to be courageous and not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger. A bold person stands out conspicuously and is not hiding from or behind others. To be bold it means to be creative, free and imaginative in thought or expression.
“Prayer in private results in boldness in public” (Edwin Louis Cole).
During attacks a true godly leader stands out and boldly he continues to lead others. I am sure that you have heard about the law of the navy captain. Even if the ship is sinking the captain has to stand and help everybody else first of all. He is risking his life in the process. He is the last to abandon the sinking ship. If that is not possible, he will die with it. That is the duty and the price to pay to be a captain, a leader, a mother, a father or a pastor. The root of this holy boldness is planted in the ground of God’s unfailing love.
Like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, a true godly leader is to lay down his life for his sheep. A coward selfish man can never be a true parent or a pastor. Trials are golden moments of revelation because in them we discover the truth about who we are. That is why God allows them to come. During the fire of trials the paint of hypocrisy is burnt off and the truth of character is finally reveled.
The devil’s major weapon is accusation. He will use God’s law, which is perfect, to attack your mind with condemnation. He will say things like these: you will never succeed in this life… you will never marry… you will never have a child… you will never be healed… you will never have a job… you will never have a house… you are too ugly, too fat, too stupid… you are a failure… you will die a poor man…have you heard such things?
These are all lies designed to intimidate you, to make you a coward. You need to be established in Christ’s righteousness and in the Word of God! That is when you can stop these fiery arrows with the shield of faith! You identify these as lies and reject them instantly! You declare the imputed righteousness of Christ over your life! The devil is paralyzed once you know your rights in Christ!
Beloved brothers and sisters, if you are established in Christ’s righteousness by faith, then no weapon that forms against you will prosper. You will be as bold as a lion. You will reject the accuser’s accusations and effortlessly flourish in the Spirit! May it be so to you! In Jesus name, amen!