• Beverley Watkins


It took me a while to figure out what that swirling feeling was in the pit of my stomach. That underlying uneasiness and anxiety that swooped down upon me as I finished my work.

Suddenly I heard the Holy Spirit say, ‘INTIMIDATED. You are intimidated.’

That’s crazy, I thought. But immediately I knew He was right.

Although I knew what intimidated meant, I went and looked up the word in the dictionary.

  • to make timid; fill with fear

  • to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear

This was what was happening to me. I had just finished a long day of working on the outlines for my upcoming online courses. I was feeling excited and expectant about how God would use these materials to equip many for greater impact in the Kingdom. I had gone outside to take a walk and BAM! I was assaulted by all these negative thoughts:

Who do you think you are to present these courses?

How do you know that what you are saying is correct?

How can you say some of the things you want to say?

You have no right to be teaching others.

You are crazy.

You can not do this.

Just a barrage of thoughts and questions accompanied by a distinct queasiness in my stomach that signals fear landing on me. A part of me knew that the enemy was having a go at me, but another part of me was, well, INTIMIDATED.

I know that intimidation is not from God. This was not the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This was a spiritual force that was trying to deter me by inducing fear. This was the enemy trying to make me back away from my assignment and become timid.

The disciples in the book of Acts faced this same intimidation’, I heard the Holy Spirit counsel me. I thought about this for a while and remembered all the times that the disciples prayed for greater boldness. I grabbed my Bible and turned to Acts 4:24 - 31 (VOICE Translation, emphasis mine). This is the prayer that the believers prayed when they were asking for boldness to proclaim His word.

God, our King, You made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything they contain.[

You are the One who, by the Holy Spirit, spoke through our ancestor David, Your servant, with these words:

Why did the nations rage?

Why did they imagine useless things?

The kings of the earth took their stand;

their rulers assembled in opposition

against the Eternal One and His Anointed King.

This is exactly what has happened among us, here in this city. The foreign ruler Pontius Pilate and the Jewish ruler Herod, along with their respective peoples, have assembled in opposition to Your holy servant Jesus, the One You chose. They have done whatever Your hand and plan predetermined should happen. And now, Lord, take note of their intimidations intended to silence us. Grant us, Your servants, the courageous confidence we need to go ahead and proclaim Your message while You reach out Your hand to heal people, enabling us to perform signs and wonders through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.

They finished their prayer, and immediately the whole place where they had gathered began to shake. All the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began speaking God’s message with courageous confidence.

I decided that this would become my new favourite prayer!

I believe that this prayer is as relevant today as it was then. The kings of the earth are still raging against God and against His anointed (which includes you and I). They then ask the Lord to take note of the INTIMIDATION being released against them and they ask for COURAGEOUS COURAGE or BOLDNESS.

This is what you and I are going to need a lot more of in the coming year. COURAGEOUS COURAGE to speak His Word. So that God can extend His Hand to deliver many from places of bondage and deception. It has been said so many times that this is the decade of the VOICE. It is time for the voice of the Lord to be heard in the nations. That voice is going to be released through you and I. And the enemy will try all he can to stop us. Forewarned is fore-armed. We are not going to shrink back in fear. We will not stop speaking what He says. We will not succumb to the intimidation of the enemy. Instead we will pray for greater and greater boldness.

But the best part about this scripture is the final verse.

They finished their prayer, and immediately the whole place where they had gathered began to shake. All the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began speaking God’s message with courageous confidence.

COURAGEOUS CONFIDENCE comes when we are filled with the Holy Spirit. There is no way that we will overcome this intimidation without the fulness of the Holy Spirit flowing through us. He makes us BOLD. He makes us BRAVE. Without Him we are not going to get very far. It is time for a fresh infilling of Holy Spirit. Not to roll around on the ground or spend our days laughing. But to be filled with COURAGEOUS CONFIDENCE to do and say what we see the Father doing!


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