Let’s study the life of Peter for a bit. Peter was the bold one, the one who spoke first and always, the only one who walked ON water apart from Jesus. From the looks of things, Peter wasn’t one to back down easily. And then Peter said in Matthew 26:33
“…Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”
And then Jesus was captured. Everyone fled. Peter fled too. But he had given his word plus he was strong-willed, so he followed at a distance. But as we see in verses 69-75, even self strong-willed people have a breaking point. Peter denied Jesus three times. Heartbroken, he wept.
Let’s forward a few weeks down the line to the Book of Acts, chapter 2 where the Holy Ghost descended on the disciples. We see Peter speaking in verses 14-39 and 3000 people being saved at once. But you may say, “Well, it’s easy to speak boldly when there’s no opposition.” Follow me to Acts 4:19-20
“But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
The same Peter who denied Jesus in the presence of maids and people (in the house of the High Priest, Caiaphas) was the one who spoke boldly in the presence of that same High Priest (Caiaphas). What changed? The Holy Spirit on the life of Peter replaced the spirit of fear with the Spirit of boldness (Acts 4:31).
I don’t know what area of fear may be in our lives but when that fear comes, let’s confess that we don’t have a spirit of fear but a spirit of boldness!
Food for thought:
Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”