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Columnist reminds readers to be bold and remember that God is in control of all

"Be bold." My husband Gilbert shared with me what he believed is a God-given directive. Note this: Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple. Also, Paul told the Thessalonians that God gives boldness to share the gospel. Gilbert says, "The devil's not playing jacks anymore."COURTESY PHOTO - Suzanne Ybarra, Woodburn Independent - Opinion  Faithfully:

We are called to be bold. I have become enamored of the song, Days of Elijah. Have you heard the American Marines singing it? Check out their YouTube video. It's exhilarating to witness a couple hundred Marines declaring, "There's no God like Jehovah!"

It seems to me God's speaking through this song. Days of Elijah was composed by Irish worship leader and song writer Robin Mark. Mark, in a time of desperation, asked God, "What sort of days are we living in?" He understood God's answer that God "was very much in control and that the days we were living in were special – 'Elijah days'".

I need to hear that God's in control and I am called to boldness. God confirmed His message by giving me the book, Speaking the Truth in Love: How to be an Assertive Christian, by Ruth Koch and Kenneth Haugh. I found it recently in a local thrift store. I recognize it as assigned study materials from God because for days I felt nudged to go to Goodwill. When I realized the nudge was persisting, I shopped and saw the book. When I picked it up, I felt "Yes" in my spirit. I knew I had found what I went for. The book's tone is friendly and conversant, but I'm hesitant to read it because I don't like confrontation. However, the authors assure their readers that we won't become selfish and argumentative.

This prompt to boldness is not only for me.

Tim Sheets, a pastor who walks in the prophetic, gave a sermon in September 2021 entitled, "It's Time for the Showdown". He coupled Hebrews 12:25-28 with Ezekiel 37:1-10. Many reference the Hebrews passage when talking about the shaking we are experiencing. The Ezekiel passage is where Elijah envisioned a valley of dry bones transformed into an army. Pastor Sheets shared his understanding that along with the shaking, Holy Spirit is moving. A fresh wind is forcefully blowing. It is a breath wind to enliven those who are dead. It's time for revival. God is calling forth an army.

Do you see the connection between the directive to be bold and an army getting to its feet along with the instructions on how to be assertive and the attraction of the song, "Days of Elijah"?

At this time of shaking, an army's rising up. Where are we? Do we hear the call to service? Do we know the difference between being aggressive and assertive? The song mentions Moses and David, symbols of righteousness and praise. Boldness is not aggressive. When we consider these two great men of faith, we see that boldness is walking confidently as we become more and more Christ-like. Come on!

Suzanne Ybarra can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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