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.

Freedom is often misinterpreted as freedom to dominate, as in “uninhibited by any foreign power”. I do not 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 freedom, however, has proven to be a challenge. In the end, we practically lost Paradise over a lie. Outside of Eden we are surrounded by bullies and we have to hold on to freedom to keep it. We cannot take freedom for granted; it is a precious commodity.

On the bright side though, outside of Eden we can learn to be bold. Thankfully, there is 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 have never been and do the things we have 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 God has designed us to be.