“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40). Jesus told us that one of our duties was to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (Mark 16:15). Why then doesn't every Christian boldly proclaim the name of Jesus and speak of his love, grace and mercy?
Some people find this terrifying, while others live the lie that their "religion" is "personal" , and that you simply do not talk about politics or religion. The scriptures say that “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light." (Luke 8:16). We weren't given the gift of Salvation to horde or keep to ourselves. What use is having the Light of Salvation if we don't show it and lead others to God?
Some people worry about what others will say if they proclaim that JESUS is the only way....surely you cannot be that politically incorrect in polite company!! We sure don't want to offend anyone!! But Jesus tells us "Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26) .
What a mess we have become! We are so worried about offending man, that we offend the one who gave his life for us. God have mercy!
Tomorrow we will talk about some ways of sharing your faith, and ways for those of you who are shy, to be effective!
"Then He said (to Elijah), "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice."--1 Kings 19:11,12
Going through trials is never fun. At times it feels like the storm is never ending and that it will never subside. When we go through tough times, it becomes very difficult to see beyond the current situation. But life is like a puzzle. When you look at one individual piece, it is hard to envision the finished product. Think about how hard it is to put together that puzzle if you don't have the picture of the final result. Our lives are just like that, except that God is seeing the completed picture of our lives, and he is carefully assembling the pieces.
When we are engulfed in our daily lives, we tend to lose sight of important things. We sometimes lose sight of our relationship with God, and go on about our lives without effectively communicating with him, or relying on him to direct our paths. So as illustrated in the verses above, he will allow the strong winds and earthquakes to come. Then when we are finally on our knees,he will speak to us in that still small voice. Sometimes, we need to be shaken up and broken to hear God's voice and to seek his direction.
Romans 5:3-4 states ,"we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." God allows these trials and tribulations to form character in us, to mold us into better people, and to build more Christ-like traits in us. No matter what happens, we know that God is in control, and that he has only our best in mind.
I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Going through trials or hardship? Lift your eyes toward Heaven, ask the Lord for strength, wisdom and grace. Remember, the Lord wants us to "Be still and know that I am GOD".
We fight major battles every day! These battles take place on the battlefield of our mind! The Bible tells us that our War is not against people, or places or things, but that it is a spiritual Battle. "
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