Divine Boldness is not Brash

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Biblically speaking, boldness is not brashness or being obnoxious. Actually those are a bad witness, aren’t they? Boldness is simply being fully confident in Christ and not being ashamed. Boldness should be married with great joy, grace, mercy, and love.
The Bible says that “the righteous are bold as a lion” and not that “the righteous are brash as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1

It seems obvious by reading the whole verse above, that Christ-glorifying boldness means one is grounded and confident in Christ and not timid or fearful. They are meek and temperate and settled in an abiding relationship with Jesus and therefore live free from sinful fear which is cast out by God’s love (1 John 4:16-18).

When God’s boldness is in a person through a rooted relationship with Christ, the 9 fruit of the Spirit will be manifesting (John 15:1-16).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-24

The key to an abiding relationship, fellowship with Christ is the daily cross – out of which will unfailingly produce the fruit that glorifies the LORD.

Father, in Jesus’ holy name, please instill yourself deeply in us this day. Let our whole identity be Christ. Steep and season in us Thy grace, truth, and love LORD Jesus.


“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31

Father, in the name of Jesus Christ our LORD, we ask You to grant Your people Christ-like boldness which is full of grace and truth. Quicken us in those times of persecution, to cry out to Thee for Your strength and boldness. Please keep us from misrepresenting You – from using Your holy name in vain. Bless me to be crucified with Christ, truth. In Jesus’ name.



Redemptive Withdrawal: Another Major Cross Principle

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There are four components of the cross principle of redemptive withdrawal:

1.God WITHDRAWS His protective hedge or hand from a person and permits the devil and his minions to attack the person usually within certain limits.  Main example: God withdrew His protective hand from Jesus and allowed Satan and his earthly representatives to attack and crucify Him.  This can and does happen to good believers.  See Job 1:9-12; 2:1-7; Luke 22:31-33.  It can also happen as a corrective to people engaging in evil acts.  See 1 Cor 5:5; 1 Tim 1:19-20.

2.God always does this Withdrawal for a REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE, never for a vengeful or retaliatory purpose.  In Jesus’ case, God’s purpose was the salvation of the world.  In Peter’s case (Luke 22), to sift Him of his fleshly, impulsive and selfish tendencies.  For the sexually immoral man in Corinth (1 Cor 5:5), that his spirit might be saved on the day of the Lord; and for Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Tim 1), so that they would learn an important lesson.

3.God’s withdrawal of protection GRIEVES Him and He always SUFFERS WITH the sufferer.  Luke 19:41-44; Col 1:23-24; 2 Cor 1:5; Ex 12:23 KJV; Gal 2:20; Dan 3:25; John 11:35-36.  God never inflicts suffering.  He only SUFFERS WITH the sufferer.  God never causes violence to anyone.  God absorbs violence for everyone, especially His enemies.  Rom 5:6-9.  The story of Calvary is the proof text for this principle.  God loves and suffers with His enemies but never directly causes them to suffer.  Rom 5:6-8.

4.Through these 3 components and the principle of the cross, God allows Satan, sin and evil to SELF-DESTRUCT in an Aikido-like fashion.  The word “aikido” means “the way of peace” or “the way of the harmonious spirit.”  Aikido is a martial arts technique that trains “warriors” to engage in non-resistant combat, turning the force of aggressors back on the aggressors in order to neutralize them and hopefully to enlighten them regarding the evil in their heart that fueled their aggression.  The cross reveals that God wisely uses this aikido-like strategy in judging sin and overcoming evil.*  Heb 2:14; Col 2:15; 1 Cor 2:6-8; Ps 37:1-3; Ps 7:15-16; Ps 9:15-16.


The redemptive purposes of God teach us the following:

1.Why bad things, things that take us to the cross, happen to good people;
2.How God can save the world with violating anyone’s freewill;
3.How God can destroy evil without doing direct violence or lifting a finger of His own anger or retribution against anyone;
4.Why God, at the cross, is both love and wrath at the same time, LOVE to those who accept and have faith in the love of God at the cross and WRATH to those who resist and reject the love of God at the cross;
5.How God makes use of Satan, sin and evil to bring about redemption, salvation and sanctification (Luke 22:31-33; 1 Cor 5:5);
6.How all things, especially the negative things that happen to us, work together for good (Rom 8:28);
7.Why all suffering (“the cross”) is always redemptive for those who receive it and embrace it in faith;
8.How God uses for good those times when we feel spiritually dry and distant from God;
9How God uses everything, good things as well as bad things, especially the bad that Satan always causes, to save the unbeliever and to grow the believer;
10.How to explain Old Testament passages that seem to be saying God is directly angry, violent, vengeful and the direct  cause of evil but really speaking of His redemptive withdrawal (Ps 78:48-49).  His anger and violence is actually His Redemptive Withdrawal and His allowing of Satan, the angry, violent, killer, to attack people as God did with Job in Job 1, 2 and 42;
11.How the story of the cross and resurrection (Redemptive Withdrawal) are the paradigm for all truth and the lens through which we must read the entire Bible.
12.How all negative forces in the universe proceed out from Satan and all positive forces come from God;
13.How God can be an unconditional lover always in every situation;
14.How God uses for good all the evil that Satan and his people cause against Him and His followers (Gen 50:20);
15.How God, through this doctrine, gives us 50:20 vision, a NEW way to view the world (“newness of life” or a “renewed mind”) !