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You Shall Be My Witnesses

March 24, 2018

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You Shall Be My Witnesses

Throughout the New Testament  we read of people  coming to faith  in Christ Jesus — both Jews and Gentiles — and where ever they went,  they joyfully witnessed  to everyone  about salvation  in Jesus.     The way others will be able  to come to salvation  is through the witnessing  of Christians  down through the ages.     Jesus says so  in Acts 1:8,

You shall be  My witnesses  both in Jerusalem,  and in all Judea and Samaria,  and even to the remotest part  of the earth.

Jesus says that  to us all,  along with Matthew 5:14-16,

You are the light  of the world.     A city set on a hill  cannot be hidden.     Nor do men light a lamp,  and put it  under the peck measure,  but on the lampstand;  and it gives light  to all  who are in the house.

Let your light shine  before men  in such a way  that they may see  your good works,  and glorify your Father  who is in heaven.

If we don’t witness  to the truth,  it’s no different from saying  we don’t care  about the people around us — it’s saying  we have no love  for them — and no desire  for their welfare  or eternal salvation.     We’re silently saying  we don’t care  if they go  to hell or not.     That is an awfully sad way  to be.     It certainly is not  God-pleasing.     After all,  1 John 4:19 specifically tells us,

We love,  because He first  loved us.

When we remember how very compassionately  God has loved us  in Jesus Christ,  shouldn’t we naturally want  to share that love?     When we know that,  “God so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life,”  (John 3:16) — how is it  that we don’t love those  whom God loves  —  to try and lead them  to the eternal salvation  God so wants  to give them?

We should not think  we are being obedient  to our Lord,  if we don’t want  to share the salvation  He has earned  for all  with His suffering,  death,  and resurrection.

We don’t have to be afraid  of being rejected  by some  in this world.    Christ told His followers  that they were  to expect rejection,  despising,  and suffering  from unbelievers.     Jesus even says  in Mark 13:13,

And you will be hated  by all  on account of My name,  but it is the one  who has endured  to the end  who will be saved.

Jesus does not expect His followers  to be pansies,  caving in  to the world’s every whim.     They are to stand strong  in the truth  no matter what.     As a man,  Jesus stood strong  in the truth  and suffered a torturous death  for the sake  of God’s love  and truth.

And,  when Paul faced  all sorts of floggings,  imprisonment,  and persecutions,  he gladly stood up  for what was right  and says  in Romans 8:18,

For I consider  that the sufferings  of this present time  are not worthy  to be compared  with the glory  that is  to be revealed  to us.

Paul  and countless other Christians  are now in their eternal glory  with Christ Jesus  because they stood strong  in the truth.     Hopefully,  we can see  that whatever sufferings we may have  as a true Christian  in this world  “are not worthy  to be compared  with the glory”  that we will share  with Paul  and all of God’s children  in eternity.

As we witness  to the love  and salvation  that Jesus alone gives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are our victory here  in this life  and throughout all eternity.     Let us rightfully witness  to Your compassionate love  for each  and every one  of us here  on earth.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

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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.
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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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