Peter denied his Lord before a little maiden just before Jesus was crucified. After Pentecost, however, he spoke with great boldness to the very people who had put Jesus to death. Peter preached and served without fear. When put in prison under penalty of death, he peacefully fell asleep. After his release by an angel, he went right on openly preaching the Gospel. That is divine boldness!
It is God’s will that we have boldness to face people – and even to face the devil. His perfect will, however, is that we have boldness to come into His very presence. The Scriptures plainly say that we can come boldly before God’s throne because of our relationship with the Lord Jesus:
“Christ Jesus our Lord, in Whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him” (Eph 3:12).
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).
Yes, God has commanded the strength of boldness – boldness to come into His very presence. Such a privilege should bring real strength to our lives. We have the same right to come to our heavenly Father as does Jesus Himself. We are beloved children in His family. This gives us divine authority and boldness when we face the evil forces of the world system. We are not lonely, helpless orphans. We are royal sons and daughters on a divine mission for our heavenly Father. He has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to back us up.
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Heb 13:5,6).
DIVINE MIGHT AND POWER ALWAYS AVAILABLE
The Hebrew word owz can also mean “might”. God has commanded His “might” to those who follow Him. The Israelites found this to be very true in their journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
The Apostle Paul places great importance upon God’s might in his prayers for the churches at Ephesus and Colossae:
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:14,16).
“ For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power” (Col 1:9,11).