Week Two – Day 4

Boldness

TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetable, nuts and water only)

Devotional:

Read 1 Kings 18:21-39

It’s easy to feel bold for the gospel when you’re at church.  When the band is in the throes of a powerful song after you’ve just heard an inspiring message, and you’re singing in unison with the many other Christians surrounding you, it doesn’t take much effort to pep talk yourself.  How many times have you had that experience, and promised God that this time you’d be different, that this time you would remain fired up and Spirit-filled and ready to share your faith with everyone whose path you cross?  And then Monday comes.  By the time you find yourself in a situation where you have an opportunity to take a faith risk, you’re outnumbered and timid.  What happened to that Holy Spirit fire?

In 1 Kings 18:21-39, we read the story of a famous showdown between a lone prophet of God and the 450 prophets of Baal.  Elijah stands alone.  Outnumbered politically, religiously, and socially, he is surrounded by Baal-worshipers.  Yet in verse 21, Elijah boldly scolds the people by asking them, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”

Are you limping along between following Christ and blending in with the world?  How can you find the resolve you need to persevere?  The key is to realize that a decision made in an emotional moment can be reversed in an emotional moment.  The boldness and determination you feel in a worship service can be undone by the anxiety and insecurity that strikes you when among those who are hostile toward Jesus.  Instead of relying on an emotional experience, settle it in your heart.  Make a firm decision of the will and dedicate your decision to God.  Stop limping and make a choice.  Will you follow God?  Or something else?

Prayer Focus: 

Today, we set aside time to simply be with Jesus.  Then, through the power of
the Holy Spirit, God will show you opportunities to declare His love to others and give you the bravery to do it. Pray for boldness in sharing the good news and your faith with others.

Key Verse:

“When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”
1 Kings 18:39 NIV

 

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