The Queen threatened, "Go back to your rathole! Tell Philip I fear neither him, nor his priests, nor his armies. Tell him if he wants to shake his little fist at us, we're ready to give him such a bite he'll wish he'd kept his hands in his pockets!”
The Spanish Minister looked upon the Queen, enraged at her contempt. He could not begin to understand how she could be so unrelenting. War was imminent and what did a queen know of war? “You see a leaf fall, and you think you know which way the wind blows. Well, there is a wind coming, Madame, that will sweep away your pride.
The Queen hotly replied, "I, too, can command the wind, sir! I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare when you dare to try me!"
This movie (Elizabeth, 1998) is one of my all time favorites. I love the portrayal of this young woman and tumultuous time in which she took the throne. Greatness was what was required and greatness is what she delivered. Now we look at heroes like Queen Elizabeth and are in awe. She who would not be fearful to stand against the threats of the Spanish armies or their King and could hold her own in a world that was under constant threat of war. You could definitely say she knew what it was to be bold. It’s easy for us to think that great leaders are somehow born with an extra sort of DNA that allows them to be bold and fearless in the face of obstacles and enemies. We look at others and ask, “Maybe she’s born with it?”
The truth is, we all have our own obstacles and battles,
and God’s intention is for each of us to live boldly.
But what does that mean? The Bible says this: “…let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)". We are all meant to enjoy the benefits of coming to God boldly and living boldly in our everyday lives. Yet so easily we get entangled in our brokenness and our issues that we forget that Jesus’ blood and sacrifice is more powerful than whatever it is we are ashamed of.
It’s because of His blood that we can come to God boldly.
We don’t have to come to Him timidly like a kid in trouble. The scripture says that it is after we approach boldly that we find the mercy and grace and help that we need. For some reason we try to run from God when we should be running to Him. We need God's grace. It’s the entire reason Jesus died – we have to be able to understand that we are the only thing keeping ourselves from God’s throne and His grace. Ephesians 3:12 says "Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” It’s because of Jesus and what He did for us that we can boldly approach God and allow His grace and mercy to work in our lives. We are bold in spirit because His spirit is with us.
God isn’t afraid of your brokenness.
Do Every Day Well // +dF
Dre Fillmore founded Awakening Ministries in April of 2014. Awakening was birthed out of her personal mentorship of local college students. After serving in youth, young adult, and worship ministries for over a decade she began to see the 18-35 demographic (Gen Y) on the verge of exploding in their influence across the globe. Dre has a passion to awaken younger generations to their identity and destiny in Christ by empowering them to do every day well. In addition, Dre coaches and consults worship teams, and also speaks to pastors and leaders about understanding generational differences in the church and assisting them in bridging generational gaps. Dre is a 2001 graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center and holds a certificate in Youth Ministry and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership. Outside of ministry, she is passionate about music, coffee, and travel…and coffee. Lots of coffee.
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