Being Clear About What is Certain
Not afraid of danger or difficult situations.
Very confident in a way that may seem rude or foolish.
We need boldness to…
We all need a source of BOLDNESS.
The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Tension: God’s plan is set, so it no longer matters what I do. I must accept the evil I see as part of God’s plan. How can I put hope in Jesus today if yesterday’s evil was part of his plan?
We are in a war.
Evil is not God’s desire but the reality of our world where evil men and evil spirits get up every day to bring about goodness outside of God, in rebellion to God.
Brokenness comes from trying to do good while ignoring God or in rebellion against God.
Is God focused on his plan or his promise?
“Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
The bold know who Jesus is and know he will defeat their enemies!
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son" And again, when God bring his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” To which of the angels did God ever say,“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
Be humble willing to learn and grow.
Do not give you loyalty to men, do not give your loyalty to a time or tradition or ideals, or movements.
Give your heart and future to Jesus and his promises
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?