When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:23-31.
Boldness is an important thing to have in your toolbox if you are going to challenge the kingdom of darkness. But it is something we are reticent about employing. A look at the thesaurus shows us that synonyms for Boldness are audacity, brashness, impoliteness, incivility, rudeness, and other things that denote bad manners. This has caused us to recoil from doing our duty, like casting out devils and rebuking heretics.
Jesus told us that the gates of Hell would not prevail against us. Gates, we should remind ourselves, are defensive positions. And we are called to be gate crashers. Not only that, but we are told, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4). We are called to destroy strongholds. And we are certainly going to be doing that without someone’s permission.
Let us pray for the Boldness to oppose the devil and advance God’s kingdom. You have rights as a child of God, but they are not enacted automatically. You must insist on them. After all, we live in a sin cursed world, where demons and their hosts are the home team, and many of the referees are crooked. But we have been given power, if we are bold enough to use it. So, in the words of Miracle Max, “Have fun storming the castle!”