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With All Boldness


It all started with an answer to prayer. . . . and grant to Your servants, that with all boldness they may speak Your word. [i] Boldness came, all right, but it didn’t look and feel as glorious as I’d imagined. When I spoke the truth of The Gospel, shared my strong convictions when something didn’t line up with it, I offended. With that came rejection. It’s happened now on more than one occasion, so I’m bracing for what appears to be the new norm.

For those of us with a history of rejection, this new norm can open up the painful world of self-analyzing and second guessing our motives and the timing of our words. “Why did I say it like that? If only I would’ve waited till . . .” Condemnation chips in and keeps us rehearsing irretrievable words that have already soaked into the ground of someone else’s heart.

I never dreamed there were so many different ways to say something until I was well into my writing journey. My choice of words, the placement of sentences in a paragraph, can affect and even change what I’m trying to say. If I’m not careful with all my persnickety slicing and dicing of words and sentences I can end up losing my point. Out of sheer exasperation, I’ll toss out the whole mishmash. Who benefits then? In the same way, such critical assessing of our words and questioning of our motives when sharing The Gospel can convince us to back off. Next thing we know, those demonic and self-imposed gag orders God is so graciously lifting off of us are reinstated. We’re back to being mute. I can’t bear the thought.

. . . that with all boldness they may speak Your word

Boldness is what the Church has longed for. It’s what we’ve been asking for. To be a voice in these last days is why we are here. Just think . . . we who in times past shunned The Gospel message, have now been entrusted with it. [ii] Our tongue—that unruly member the Bible calls a fire, a world of iniquity . . . that defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature—is the very instrument God cleanses and uses to preach it. [iii] What a phenomenal turning of the tide! What an honor!

We indeed need to choose our words wisely, mix them with much grace. [iv] But slicing and dicing God’s Word to avoid offense and disapproval from others is downright terrifying. [v] With Christ’s return just over these next few hills, can we afford to let the fear of man prevail over the fear of God? Who exactly are we wanting to please? Who would we rather offend? We point the way to freedom through Christ. [vi] Some prefer bondage. [vii] We are the light of the world. [viii] Some love darkness. [ix] We are the fragrance of Christ. Some think we stink. [x] “People’s opinion of you is none of your business,” says Steve Harvey. God’s opinion of us is everything.


Lord, help us settle in our hearts to stay true to Your Gospel message and not let the enemy muzzle us ever again.

[i] Acts 4:29 [ii] 1 Thessalonians 2:4 [iii] James 3:6; Isaiah 6:6--8 [iv] Proverbs 16:23; Colossians 4:6 [v] Revelation 22:19 [vi] Luke 4:17–21 [vii] Psalm 2:1–3 [viii] Matthew 5:14–16 [ix] John 3:19 [x] 2 Corinthians 2:15–17

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smfryam1
Feb 28, 2022

It's so funny that you talk about boldness, most of my adult life I've tried to control my tongue and not be so blunt and would constantly ask God to help me with it. My sister Marie told me the good thing about me being so blunt, straightforward etc, was that people knew I was not giving them a line of bull but speaking truth. So I don't ask for a muzzle anymore well not to often.

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Debbie Corum
Debbie Corum
Mar 05, 2022
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Yes! Muzzles off! 😁

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stephencanup
stephencanup
Feb 27, 2022

Great point, we answer eternally to God for the message and insight with which He has entrusted us. We must not be afraid to speak the truth.


Someone has said, "The truth is hate speech to those who hate the truth." We are not responsible for how our message is received; that is one of the Holy Spirit's job. Let's trust Him to do it.

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Debbie Corum
Debbie Corum
Mar 05, 2022
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Amen! And that's a fabulous quote!

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mhillsman
Feb 26, 2022

Debbie, before true change happens there is nearly always pain that precedes the change. I pray that when we inadvertently cause offense in someone that the pain in his or her heart will lead them to Jesus. Love you Boldly proclaiming the gospel!

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Debbie Corum
Debbie Corum
Mar 05, 2022
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I agree! Makes me think of Job 5:18 For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.

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ritapearl55
Feb 26, 2022

The devil or Satan is a DEFEATED FOE!!! There is no Condemnation in Christ Jesus!!! Many Blessings BOLD WOMAN OF GOD!!!

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Debbie Corum
Debbie Corum
Mar 05, 2022
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Blessings to you Rita!! 😃

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mountain.laurel60
Feb 26, 2022

This is a good, timely word.

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Debbie Corum
Debbie Corum
Mar 05, 2022
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Thanks so much my dear co-laborer in Christ. 😘

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