IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES
TOPIC: IN WHOM WE HAVE BOLDNESS AND ACCESS TO GOD
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
Through Jesus Christ, we can have boldness in our speech as we speak about Him, and boldness as we live knowing that death is gain. Through Jesus, we also get access to the Father, whom we wouldn’t have access to without Jesus. Beyond that, we can come to the Father confidently in the name of Jesus because Jesus covers us. He puts on us His perfection and victory over sin. Through Jesus, by faith, we get great rewards.
FELLOWSHIP with God was one of the richest privileges of unfallen man. The Lord God walked in the garden, and talked with Adam as a man talketh with his friend. So long as he was willing and obedient, Adam ate the fat of the land, and among the rich dainties and “wines on the lees well refined,” of which his soul was a partaker, we must number first and foremost, unbroken communion with God, his Father and his Friend. Sin, as it banished man from Eden, banished man from God, and from that time our face has been turned from the Most High, and his face has been turned from us; — we have hated God, and God has been angry with us every day. Christ came into the world to restore to us our lost patrimony. It was the great object of his wondrous sacrifice to put us into a position which should be equal and even superior to that which we occupied in Adam before the fall; and as he has already restored to us many things that we lost, so among the rest— fellowship with God. They who have by his grace believed, and have by the precious blood been washed, have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord; they are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God,” and they have access with boldness into this grace wherein we stand. So they who are in the kingdom, and under the dispensation of the second Adam, have restored to them in all its fulness that fellowship which was lost to them by the sin and disobedience of their first federal head.
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration [plan] of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
Jesus is the only way to the Father, He is our access.
Having knowledge of this truth we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.
In this age of computers we use a browser to access a website; if I am going to pay my water bill, taxes and car insurance online I must put in my password to gain access.
If we are going to have the favor and the grace of God, we access it through Christ; it is by the Holy Spirit. It is gained through prayer, faith and is a privilege for the Christian. Paul stated in the book of Romans 5:2, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Knowing that our access is through the shed blood of Jesus, we can come boldly unto the throne of grace where we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
So with boldness, confidence and faith in the finished work of Calvary we have access to the eternal purpose which He purposed through His shed blood, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having a high priest over the house of God.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.”
Because we have been born again, we have ability to access classified material hidden in the word of God by the working of the Holy Spirit, how can that be? “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Developing spiritual boldness is not an outside job. . .but rather. . .an inside work.
Ephesians 3:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”
Our 24/7 access to our Heavenly Father. . .was made possible by the blood of Jesus on Calvary’s cross.
2 Corinthians 3:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly.”
Confidence in God and His Word. . .gives us a boldness to be about Kingdom business.
Acts 28:31 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Preaching to them the kingdom of God and teaching them about the Lord Jesus Christ with boldness and quite openly, and without being molested or hindered.”
One of the things that should give you spiritual boldness is knowing that God has chosen you for a divine assignment.
Despite the odds or adversity just knowing He has called you should give you a boldness that He will make a way … even when there seems to be no way.
Dwight L. Moody, the famed evangelist, once said:
“David was the last one we would have chosen to fight the giant, but he was chosen of God.”
Every person reading this today needs to know . . .you have been chosen for a divine assignment.
Dwight L. Moody also said:
“When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.”
God needs each of us to be bold on His behalf.
Here are the seven keys to spiritual boldness.
1.Exercise Emotional Control Over Negative Emotions.
A person with spiritual boldness will fight and conqueror the following list of seven emotions.
Before I list them, let me explain. There is a difference between being attacked by these things and allowing them to take you over. The list includes:
“anxiety, fear, doubt, guilt, depression and discouragement”
It is not mind over matter for the Christian. It is the continual applying of the Word to pull down negative emotions. You can claim the following scriptures to receive your victory over these seven emotions.
Philippians 4:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition”
The obvious verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
Mark 11:23 says:
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
In a courtroom. . .if there is no evidence against the defendant. . .the charges against them will be dismissed and he or she will be declared not guilty.
Isaiah 43:25 in the Amplified Bible says:
“I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
When you ask Jesus to forgive you. . .the evidence of your sins is gone forever and you are declared not guilty. Therefore, the enemy of your soul has no grounds on which to condemn you for past sin. Now, don’t give anyone else permission either.
Psalm 40:1-3 in The Living Bible says:
“I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path, and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things he did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in him.”
Discouragement is a temporary feeling that occurs when somebody is not doing what they promised you they would do…or things are not going the way you thought they would or ought to go.
Deuteronomy 31:8 in the New International Version offers some great advice:
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”
Bold christians have bull-dog tenacity . . . never willing to give up or let go what he deemed important to him. Yes, boldness births tenacity.
What does the Word have to say about tenacity?
Hebrews 10:36 in the New International Version says:
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
The King James Version of Hebrews 10:36 says:
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for patience is G5281 and it means:
“steadfastness, constancy, endurance; in the New Testament the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings”
When you think of the Greek definition of patience. . .you have to think about Job.
James 5:11 in the New International Version says:
“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
How does a person develop bull-dog tenacity? The answer is found in Galatians 6:9 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
Amelia Earhart, the aviation pioneer, said:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
A person with spiritual boldness has an indomitable spirit which means they will not allow themselves to dwell on the foolishness of negative thinking as opposed to seeking the positive possibilities of life.
Father in Heaven, I am so glad that I can come before You confidently. Thank you for sending Jesus so that through Him I would be able to approach You. You have given me great things, so let me live boldly. I have no one to fear but You, Lord. You are the only one who needs to be pleased with me. Make me confident as I live out my days for You – not for men. You are good. You are beautiful. I truly serve the God of all things who created all things. There is no evil in You. I come to You, Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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