2 Timothy 1:7: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

The Spirit of God makes us bold. And boldness we need in this world, for one reason in particular: to take advantage of the freedom God has given to you and me.

The Statue of Liberty historically used to be the first thing immigrants saw before they entered the country. Without standing up and fighting for freedom many of the refugees who came to the United States wouldn’t be here.

Freedom is often misinterpreted as freedom to dominate, as in “uninhibited by any foreign power”. I don’t believe that this is the defining feature of freedom. Freedom of choice, on the other hand, lies in the very heart of the matter.

The Trinity has empowered us to make up our hearts and minds by giving us free will. Maintaining this God-given incentive however has proven to be a challenge. Mankind was but a few minutes old when the Snake encroached on our freedom insinuating (Genesis 3:4):

“You certainly will not die!”

In the end, we practically lost Paradise over a lie. Outside of Eden we are surrounded by bullies. Now we have to stand up for ourselves and fight for freedom.

On the bright side though, outside of Eden we can learn to be bold. Thankfully, there’s no timidity in the Spirit of God! Rising up inside of us, He will show us the way, the truth, and the life. He gives us the wherewithal to break through those walls trying to close in on us. The Spirit of God teaches us to take all obstacles life presents, one by one! Life is an ongoing battle. It certainly takes a lot of endurance to see life through.

Here is to boldness and guts!

We go to places where we’ve never been and do the things we’ve never done! It requires boldness to be a trendsetter. It requires boldness to start something new. And it certainly requires boldness to develop into the person we were meant to be.

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