Truth and boldness cannot be measured in decibels alone. Often times the person making the most noise is the most fearful. Years ago I saw this in jail and prison ministry settings. The loudest and meanest acting men were usually the ones who were most secretly gripped with fear and insecurity! There is a quiet confidence that comes when you’ve been in God’s presence and really heard from Him. It allows you to stand before people and speak the truth, without fear or favor to any.
I love the picture we see of the ministry of the prophets during the rebuilding of the temple in Ezra and Nehemiah’s day: “And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo” (Ezra 6:14). This verse makes my heart almost leap out of itself! The leaders were successful when the man of God fearlessly proclaimed the word of the Lord!
God is pleased to build the church, change lives, create faith, and release miracles through the word that is preached. Get in God’s presence and ask God what He wants to say to you and to your people and then say it. Don’t give in to fear. Say it with humility and love, but say it. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth of God and God’s people will respond to it as well. They may not always like it at first, but if they are God’s kids, the Spirit of God will bring them around to it!
At the end of the day, those who can speak words learned in God’s presence will make a bigger impact than those who may have more natural talent or more formal training, but who have not been in God’s presence.
If you’ve strayed from the importance of boldly proclaiming what you’ve heard from God, prayerfully respond to the following:
- When was the last time that you know God spoke powerfully to your heart? What did He say? What did you do about it?
- Have you succumbed to the idea that methodology and strategy somehow can replace fearless declaration of the revealed truth of God’s word?
- How much time do you spend in prayer and meditation on a weekly basis? Is this sufficient to keep both your spirit encouraged and to provide sufficient revelation for preaching and teaching?
- What priorities do you need to shift so that you can spend more time in God’s presence?