Boldness: required for change

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Recently my wife and I traveled with a team of youth and leaders to New York City.  Our agenda was to simply bless everybody that we saw: by ministering in churches, prayer meetings, and street ministry.  The experience was amazing, but one thing that was required for us to actually bless the city of New York was boldness.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

During our ten day mission in the city, our boldness increased each day.  The momentum increased in each of our team members from day to day. It increased to the point that there was no fear in our team as it related to what people think, or in questioning if what’s in our hearts is real or not.
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Experiencing rejection, an awkward look, or maybe getting laughed at by a stranger is about the only danger you can run into when you’re agenda is to bless complete and total strangers.  However, the reward is unparalleled when the boldness is released to bless somebody.
Bold: adj.: not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
Just a quick story to back up my point.  Part of our team’s mission in blessing the streets of New York was to do a Jesus flash mob!  One of our talented youth played Bruno Mars’ song “just the way you are” in a public place.  We also had other youth playing a drum and dancing beautifully.  Our team began to gather like strangers around them, and at a certain point in the song we broke out in couples dance.  After the dance we could pick up a flower out of a bag with a prophetic word attached.  (Prophetic words are encouraging, comforting words from God describing His love for them).  We gave a flower to one of the strangers surrounding the area, and in one instance the woman who read it cried on the spot.  She was totally touched by the word on the card, because of the way her day was going, she was down.  She read the card and cried, saying, “I now know for sure that God is with me, I am going to work knowing that I’m losing my job.”
Let me say that for me to dance like that in public required ALOT of boldness.  However, once the boldness came, it was as natural as a smile.
So my hope in you reading this is for you to get bold in blessing people.  Don’t let fear of rejection or doubt of your hearing the voice of God hinder you from being bold.
The rewards get better as you go!
Blessings,
Ryan Groth
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