One of the most common prayer requests I get while I travel around the world preaching the Gospel, apart from healing and impartation, is to grow in boldness. It’s understandable that this is the primary prayer request in my meetings, as people are hearing testimonies of me acting boldly which leads to many miracles and salvations outside of the four walls of the church. I don’t let my surroundings or environment dictate whether or not I can share my faith; I only allow God to lead my actions.
This boldness has proven to be a valuable tool in the furthering of the Kingdom of God. This boldness allows you to take great risk with confidence knowing that God is the one setting the stage for the breakthrough to take place.
Though this prayer request is an honourable one, since it stems from a desire to share your faith with the lost, it is however invalid, as boldness is an automatic byproduct of identity. Kingdom boldness isn’t something that you can impart. However, you can grow in it. The proper request would be, “Pray for me that I understand who I am in Christ.” Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” When we begin to understand that we are the righteousness of Christ, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21, there comes a confidence in God that causes us to walk out in a new dimension of boldness. As we grow in our identity of righteousness boldness, will begin to occur naturally.
Develop your boldness
Yes, some people seem to have a natural boldness or outgoingness about them, but that is a personality, not an identity. We often identify these people as extroverts. Boldness isn’t being an extrovert over an introvert, nor is it reserved for the extrovert. I have heard many people say, “I’m an introvert (or timid) therefore I can’t be bold”. That statement is nothing but a lie straight from the lips of the devil. Our personality gets formed by our parents, environment, and conditioning during our formative years – in other words, what man or the world says about us. Your identity in Christ is governed by the Word of God and nothing else. Identity will trump your personality every time if you truly embrace it. The question is, can you venture out in faith with God and let Him take full control?
Everything that we do in the Kingdom of God comes from a place of identity…
Everything that we do in the Kingdom of God comes from a place of identity that can only be achieved through intimacy with Christ. In fact, Hebrews 4:16 tells us to come boldly to the throne room of grace, but we can only do that when we understand the previous two verses which state that Jesus is our high priest and that He can sympathize with us in our weaknesses. The understanding that Jesus wants to be with you more then you want to be with Him, hence the cross, is the foundation of intimacy. And we clearly see that the beginning of intimacy which leads to identity will produce boldness. If we can boldly come before the Almighty God, why should we shy away from boldness in our everyday life?
The revelation of Christ in us
Not only do we need the revelation that we are the righteousness of Christ in order to grow in boldness, but we also need the revelation of the mystery of the Gospel which is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). The best definition of biblical hope that I can find is this: the joyous expectation of what God is going to do. Knowing the definition of hope, you can say that Christ in you, the hope of glory, is the joyous expectation of the manifestation of the glory of God in and around you. Our access to the glory and presence of God is as much a part of our identity as righteousness. Paul had a clear understanding of this as you can read in 2 Corinthians 3:7-12. He speaks of the glory of the old covenant vs the new and says because of the hope in the glory of God, he uses great boldness of speech.
Often times, to move in boldness is a choice that we have to make just like exhibiting the fruit of the spirit. For example, “patience” is listed among the nine fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, but how many of us can automatically walk in patience? Some of us are more prone to patience than others, but in the end, often times you have to choose to be patient. The same goes for boldness. It doesn’t always just come on you when you need it but you have to decide in your heart to walk in your identity and be bold.
Another example of this can be found with any anointing God gives us. Let’s take the healing anointing for this example. Healing is available to every believer no matter what you are called to, but until you actually step out to pray for the sick you probably won’t see any miracles. Yes, at times God will act sovereignly and heal despite our lack of action, but for the most part He tends to use His children to deliver the miracle. The same goes for boldness. Yes, God has just put it on you and all of a sudden you find yourself speaking and acting with great boldness, but for the most part you have to activate it by understanding who you are in Christ and purposing in your heart to be bold.