Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness

Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness

Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness.

Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness.

When I first started faith blogging I had a couple of goals. I wanted to be both candid and consistent. However, I‘ve realized just how out of my hands it is to be inspired to write as time has passed. 

The problem with being candid is the all too familiar feeling of fraudulence when writing from the flesh. Actually, that is less of a problem and more of a gift from the Spirit. It is an answer to my prayer for guidance and discretion regarding what I share.

Feeling like a fraud isn’t a problem then but rather an enemy of my fleshly desire for consistent content and, ultimately, an audience. There are plenty of things I could share from a fleshly place to inspire or encourage you for more consistent content…

But I wasn’t called to blog so that I can write what I want, but what He wants.

Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness
Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness

All of that said, the Lord has asked me to be bold.

But what does it mean to be bold?

Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness.

My conversation with the Spirit went a bit like this:

Me: *silently harboring feelings of inadequacy and guilt during worship*

S: Come boldly before me.

Me: *after a bit of thoughtful consideration and doubt* Is that all I have to do… Come to you despite who I am? Despite my shortcomings and what I’ve done or what I’ve failed to do? You still want me to come to you in confidence, without guilt and shame?

S: My grace is sufficient. My power made perfect in weakness. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I love this verse; I seem to fall back on it time and time again. When the Lord asked me to be bold, he spoke a lesson into my heart that I wanted to share with you today.

The enemy takes advantage of our weaknesses.

The Lord revealed to me the spiritual warfare going on in my heart that I wasn’t aware of that day during worship.

The guilt and the shame I was carrying was not from Him, but the enemy.

I almost believed that I wasn’t worthy to come before my Father in prayer because I hadn’t done enough that week. I almost believed that because I hadn’t properly prayed that week, the Lord wouldn’t find my heart genuine that Sunday during worship.

The enemy whispers to me that because I can’t pray “properly” (whatever that means), I shouldn’t bother at all. The enemy is responsible for my guilt and shame keeping me from pursuing Christ.

Do you know how I knew these thoughts were from the enemy?

They were keeping me from communing with the Lord. 

Anything that keeps you from the Father is not of the Father. The guilt and shame I was feeling kept me from confidently opening up to the Lord or even coming before Him at all.

The enemy has a habit of manipulating something that could be constructive into something destructive. Therefore we must be vigilant as followers of Christ.

The Word warns us of such spiritual warfare:

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

But thankfully, the enemy can’t blot out the love of Christ.

My prayer for you today is that you accept Christ’s grace and come confidently into His presence. I pray you lay down your guilt and shame. Accept the Lord’s promise that His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in your weakness. I pray too that you are emboldened by these truths. The Lord is your portion forever. The love of Christ surpasses any attempts of the enemy to blot out His perfect and true love. May having confidence in His truths and promises for your life allow you to come boldly before Him in reverence and worship. 

Amen.  

2 Corinthians 3:11-12 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Please feel free to check out my previous post: Is Jesus a third wheel in your marriage?

9 thoughts on “Called to blog: a lesson in spiritual boldness

  1. Gorgeous post babe. So thoughtful and deep and inspiring, and an all-round great reminder of why we need to lean into God and not live in our own strength <3 Love you xxx

    1. Ah – I didn’t even see it as fighting the enemy with the Word. I love that! Thank you so much for commenting, Christine!

  2. Hi Rachel,

    Happy to spend some time reading your blog post Called to Blog: A Lesson in Spiritual Boldness.”

    I can relate to your topic, and I like your blogging style (and your graphics).

    It’s encouraging to read how you experienced your first period as a blogger.

    My favourite paragraph was this:
    “I almost believed that I wasn’t worthy to come before my Father in prayer because I hadn’t done enough that week. I almost believed that because I hadn’t properly prayed that week, the Lord wouldn’t find my heart genuine that Sunday during worship.”

    It brought me back to a period in my life where I had the same kinds of feelings.

    Today, I’m happy to do less and think less about if it’s good enough what I do because just as you say; these negative thought and feelings do not come from God.

    My experience is that we as Christian bloggers have to learn to deal with the feeling of “never have done enough.”
    Looking forward to your next post will give this one a share on Pinterest.

    With respect,
    Edna Davidsen

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