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I Am Not Ashamed

February 25, 2018

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I Am Not Ashamed

Sometimes people do not  share their faith  at times  for a number  of reasons.     They might fully realize  how it would quickly inflame  a heated argument,  and feel  that it is better  to not cause  an unbeliever  to sin more  with ungodly remarks.     This would be similar  to Jesus’ teaching  in Matthew 10:12-15  of  “shaking the dust  off your feet”  and leaving anyone  who refuses  to accept the gospel  as being from God.    Jesus says  those people are  “not worthy”  of the gospel.     They become their own judge  and we are  to leave them.

Some people feel  they don’t know enough  about the Bible.     But children believe  and share what they know,  so Jesus says  in Matthew 18:3,

Truly I say to you,  unless you are converted  and become like children,  you shall not enter the kingdom  of heaven.

It’s not how much we know  —  it’s what we know.     We know  that Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection  gives us salvation  from all  of our sins.     Jesus paid the price we owed  because of His love  for us.     We can share that  and continue learning  about our Lord.

Then,  some people are afraid  of sharing the gospel  with those who can either “out talk”  them  or seem more authoritative  because of their education  or age.     Timothy had that problem  and Paul wrote him  about that  in 2 Timothy 1:7-8,

For God has not given us  a spirit  of timidity,  but of power  and love  and discipline.    Therefore  do not be ashamed  of the testimony  of our Lord,  or of me  His prisoner;  but join with me  in suffering  for the gospel  according to the power  of God…

Timothy was intimidated  because of his age.     As a youth,  he was preaching  to the elders  in the Jewish community.

But,  because the gospel is the story  of God’s power  to keep His covenant promises  over thousands of years,  everybody needs  to know it  so they can be saved.     We need  to care  about the salvation  of others  no matter what their age,  educational background,  or leadership role  in the community.

And,  the gospel is the story  of God’s love  for each and every one  of us.     We can’t pick and choose  who should hear the gospel.     God wants everyone  to have a very clear picture  of the love  He has bestowed on us  through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work  on the cross.

Finally,  God’s gospel story is  a discipline.     It is the teaching tool  (the discipline)  that guides us  in sharing truth  and living  in truth.     We are not telling some myth  or fairy tale.     The Bible,  from beginning to end,  tells the story  of God’s love.     Each writer  over thousands of years agreed  with all the others,  because it was God  who inspired  each of them  in the truth.    That is why  it is so good  to read the whole Bible  to get the whole picture  of how God has worked  over time.     Our discipline is  to take time daily  to study  and pray.     God,  our heavenly Father,  has wonderful things  to show us.

Because of all these things,  we can say  with Paul  in 2 Timothy 1:12,

I am not ashamed;  for I know  whom I have believed  and I am convinced  that He is able  to guard  what I have entrusted  to Him  until that day.

We can joyfully share the gospel  because it is the proven word  of God  told over thousands  of years  of time.     As we share,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have proven  the truthfulness  of Your word.     Let us not be afraid  or ashamed  to share the love  and salvation  You have freely given  to us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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