Sunday, December 29, 2019

Bold, Without Bounds

Good morning!  This is the last Sunday of 2019!  Thank God for His grace and mercy!

I must take this space right here to say, thank you Jesus!  As you can tell, I haven't blogged much this year.  This year was a pivotal one with being a newly-published author and newlywed; but somewhere along the way, I hit a major "writer's block." I have blog posts "sitting on ice" right now. They are saved as drafts, and I'm just waiting for the inspiration to finish them.

I've learned that when it's God, it doesn't have to be forced-it just flows.  God would give me a download and whenever I sat down to write, the words would flow effortlessly.  And in the flow, God would give additional downloads for me to incorporate within that blog post. I hit a horrible dry spell.  So I prayed, asking God to renew my hand to blog as I've done before. And praise God, on this last Sunday of the year, God answered my prayer.  Thank you, Abba!

Each morning, I try to read a few Scriptures before I get out of bed.  This morning, I did a topical search of Scriptures in my YouVersion app on strength. Was I in need of strength this morning?  Maybe to get out of bed (smile); other than that, I felt okay.  I was curious to see what Scriptures would filter through this topical search. When I read this particular Scripture, the title of this blog post downloaded fast! My answered prayer!


Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God's kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity. Even though I am chained as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.
Ephesians 6:20 TPT

Can we say, a brotha was "down for the cause" or what?  Even though I am chained (bound) as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.  Apostle Paul did not allow his present circumstances at the time to strip his identity or deter him from his true purpose.  In fact, he was still preaching through his epistles, which makes up approximately 2/3 of the New Testament. 

I admit; consistency, when it comes to certain things, is my challenge.  If I don't see the desired results within my own ideal time frame, I will throw up both hands thinking that, either it's not my season, or God does not want me to do this.  Not the best trait to have, I'll admit that and will work on that!

Apostle Paul, being locked up in prison for doing what he was called to do, could have easily allowed discouragement to be his "way out" of doing what God had him to do.  He could have been like "Yo, I'm in here for doing your work; I can't go out and preach so Imma just sit here and await trial." No; his heart yearned for the churches he planted; he was a true apostle--a father figure.  He wanted to see the proselytes grow and flourish spiritually in the things of God.  He utilized what he had access to--pen and paper--to boldly continue the work without bounds. 

I am reminded of a scene from the new movie, Harriet, which chronicles the life of Harriet Tubman, from her escaping slavery to her working the Underground Railroad to free other slaves.  In one scene, as she was trying to guide her family to freedom, they came to a body of water.  They were on the right path; however crossing the water was their challenge. No boat, no raft to carry them safely across.  Harriet prayed, asking God to allow the water to flow through her.  As she started to cross, you can see her descending into the water with each step, like she was about to go under.  As she continued walking, she ascended. She sought God and trusted His leading.  She was bold to lead people through the water to their freedom.

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There's another scene where she was about to go back and free her family.  The gentleman she was talking to tried to dissuade her, telling her that she couldn't go from a logical standpoint.  She boldly responded, "Don't you tell me what I can't do!"  That's bold, without bounds. Like Apostle Paul, she was a "sista who's down for the cause." She committed to doing the work, and to God's leading.  Apostle Paul and Harriet Tubman both experienced a form of bondage. Although one became free, they both were still committed to doing the Work.  

The Scripture that comes to mind is Isaiah 43:2:  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

Isaiah the Prophet lets us know that without a doubt, we will face tests and trials of some sort. But praises be to God, we are not alone during these troublesome times.  God is with us--Emmanuel! 
However, the question is, will you be bold to do the work, and not allow anything to hinder you, even when the roadblocks arise?  Will we stop at the river bank and stand still, or will we seek God and ask Him to guide us safely through?  

These questions challenge me as well!  So, I ask that you will join me in some deep soul searching as we cross over into a new year. Not only are we crossing over into a new year, but into a new presidential election year.  With election comes new bills placed before Congress, and new laws.
We are living in a wicked day where laws are being passed left and right that would not have even made it to the table this time 50, 40 or ever 30 years ago!  Standing on our faith is slowly being identified as hate.  Saying the name of Jesus is taboo in certain places.  This is the day we are living in. Let us not become desensitized or ignorant to what's really going on in the realm of the spirit. 

We must be bold, without bounds. After all, Jesus was bold enough to endure the cross to set us free.
May your last days of 2019 be sweet; may God guide us all as we cross over into 2020. Be steadfast in the faith.

In His Love,

Shairon

"Do not fear, for I am with you:"
Isaiah 43:5
   

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