• Bishop Keith Butler

From Beaten to Boldness

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:24-31)

Quit praying to tell God your trouble and start praying about the answer. God already knows what you are going through. Repeating the problem puts your focus on the issue, not the solution. God has never left you nor forsaken you, and your problem did not catch Him by surprise.

In Acts 4, we see the church praying together during severe persecution. They didn’t complain to God about what happened. Instead, they praised God for His character and reminded themselves of who He is. They remembered Jesus’ sacrifice and what that meant for them as empowered individuals. That prayer led them to be filled with the Holy Ghost and acquire an attitude of absolute boldness to confront the problem. You don’t need to complain to God. You need boldness to walk in your calling when the storm comes against you. Boldness comes from God when you see your situation the way He does.

Practical Application – Ask God to open your eyes and see your problem the way He does. Then pray about the solution according to God’s Word.

Psalm 28:7; Psalm 42:5



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