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

What is holding you back? There is always something, isn’t there? Issues! We’ve all got issues. Paul wrote Timothy a letter and practically gave him carte blanche. His advice was: No holding back! Go for it! Reason being: The Spirit of God makes us bold. There is no timidity in God’s Spirit. One of the famous lines in the beginning of the Bible gives us a snapshot of the Spirit of God in action (Genesis 1:2):

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

If the Holy Spirit wasn’t bold I cannot imagine how He could have taken on the mighty task of bringing order into chaos. As a result, rising out of the ashes, a brand-new universe was born!

It requires boldness to be creative and do something new. It requires boldness to go to places where we’ve never been or to do things that we have never done before. It requires boldness to be a trendsetter. It requires boldness to redefine life. It requires boldness to defy the status quo. Last but not least, it requires boldness to become the person we are meant to be.

For very good reasons do we need boldness. Here is one in particular: It requires boldness to take advantage of the freedom God has given to you and me.

Freedom is a big word in the North American conscience. We have freedom written on our banners for as long as we can remember. Without standing up and fighting for freedom many of the refugees who came to the United States wouldn’t be here. The Statue of Liberty historically used to be the first thing immigrants saw before they entered the country. It goes without saying that without standing up and fighting for freedom the United States as we know it today wouldn’t exist.

Quality of life stands and falls with freedom of choice. 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 is the original empowerment coming from the Trinity. God gave us the tools to make up our minds and choose. However, from Day One our freedom has been challenged.

Mankind was but a few minutes old, so it seems, when the Snake encroached on our freedom insinuating (Genesis 3:4):

“You certainly will not die!”

Unfortunately, we ended up losing Paradise believing a lie. And with it went the freedom we took for granted. 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. And the Spirit of God rising up inside of us will show us the way, the truth, and the life. He gives us the wherewithal to step on virgin ground. And in our lifetime we will go to places where we have never been, and we can become the person we are meant to be.