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Holy Boldness – 3 Easy First Steps, 7 More Ideas to Follow

Holy Boldness, or Holiness, isn’t what we see on the nightly news, is it? Too often it seems that the News fosters fear, highlights hate, laments lack, and trifles with truth—which might make it hard to keep yourself spiritually focused on faith, hope, and love. In contrast, let’s consider ways to live out our faith, even in the face of the world’s ills and our imperfections. Holy Boldness allows us to be our best selves in this life—trusting, authentic, free, and joy-filled—and to live on in eternal peace! Holiness isn’t wishful thinking, nor is it reserved for “advanced” Christians, those in ministry, and the gray-haired who’ve finally (supposedly) garnered sufficient wisdom! The Holy Spirit brought to my mind ten points. To say something about each one got to be a really long blog post. So, here are the first three steps, and my two posts that will follow will include the others. Of course, we could still discuss each one further . . . but I may leave that for a book, if that’s what God directs.

Step 1. Accept that holiness is an attainable goal, through Jesus whose sacrifice makes us holy, new creations. 

1 Thessalonians 4:3 is clear: “God’s will is for you to be holy.” Because God wills holy boldness for all “you” to whom God’s Word is addressed, it must be possible. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” applies to God even more than to humankind. Psalm 135:6 assures us, “Whatever the Lord wills is accomplished.” Embrace Christian faith, not doubt, on this! And read it in relation to a state of BEing, not a label you earn by what you DO.

For God said, “I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” [Leviticus 11:44]. This was affirmed in the New Testament: 

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” ~2 Timothy 1:9-10

And in Christ, we are not to be afraid. We can enjoy the courage he gives us to be bold in our faith! 

Step 2. If you find that hard to believe right now, ask for more faith and holiness and expect to watch the answers to those prayers manifest.

If we so choose, weak faith is only temporary. In Mark 9, a father approached Jesus in a crowd and pleaded that Jesus heal his son of a lifelong struggle with muteness, foaming at the mouth, and convulsions. The man said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us” [Mark 9:22]. Jesus replied, “If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes” [Mark 9:23]. “Everything” includes holiness! 

God accepts weak faith. God responds to the well-known prayer, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief,” with grace, miracles, healing, and driving out demons [Mark 9:24]. The fervent (sincere or impassioned) prayer of a righteous (good, principled, high-minded) person who wants to please God is very powerful. [James 5:16]. So ask with earnestness and expect to grow in both faith and holiness.

Step 3. Be relieved that holiness is a valid goal, even if you aren’t a paragon of virtue. 

God called us to be holy before calling us to be good. Let’s not fall into the trap of confusing holiness with following a set of rules. The central meaning of holiness is being set apart or dedicated to God—accepting the covenant of God being our God, and our being God’s people [Heb. 8:10]. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness is key to getting your needs met, including your need for holiness as well as reassurance that you needn’t worry or be anxious [Mt. 6:32-34].

While some scriptures about holiness refer to sexual purity or private morality (and our personal morality is a Christian’s ongoing pursuit), the main biblical idea of holiness is relationship-based and fundamental. It goes back to the exhortation to “Be holy, because I [God] am holy” [Leviticus 11:44, as quoted in 1 Peter 1:16]. Be encouraged: holiness isn’t a matter of perfect doing or being; it’s a matter of focus, dedication, and seeking God and “righteousness,” which means a right relationship with an understanding and loving God [Mt. 6:32-34]. 

A close relationship with God and freedom in Christ will also help you return to thoughts, words, and actions more aligned with godliness after you slip, which we humans do. We depend on God’s grace throughout our daily lives! And as Proverbs 23:7 says, we will get what we expect because as we think in our hearts, so we are. 

Look at King David who lusted after Bathsheba, got her pregnant, and had her husband killed in battle so he could take her for his own second wife. What David did displeased the Lord. [2 Samuel 11:27]. Yet God still loved David. There were dire consequences: among others, the death of his and Bathsheba’s first son [see 2 Samuel 12-13]. David repented [see 2 Samuel 12 and Ps. 51.] God forgave David and continued to bless him and his people through their son Solomon . . . and Jesus is heralded as being from the house of David. Despite King David’s failings, God called David a man after God’s own heart [Acts 13:22]. Despite our past failings, we can still be holy and bold for our Lord God!

Coming next: Steps 4 – 6 about overcoming blocks to holiness, then Steps 7 – 10 about what’s most conducive to maintaining holiness. 

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