Your Witness for Jesus

Is your life proclaiming Christ, or profaning Christ.

Think about that a moment. We are the only Jesus most people see. Like it or not, the behavior we display to the world is what gives people of the world their impression of God.

Are we ambassadors for Christ, or are we bringing shame upon the Gospel with our words & deeds?

To proclaim is to announce, declare, profess:

pro·claim
prəˈklām,prōˈklām/
verb
 announce officially or publicly.
  1. “the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition’s chief objective”
    • declare something one considers important with due emphasis.
      “she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue”
    • declare officially or publicly to be.
      “he proclaimed James II as King of England”

     

To profane something is to treat it with disrespect; to treat something holy as common:

pro·fane
prəˈfān/
verb
1. treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect.
“it was a serious matter to profane a tomb”
synonyms: desecrateviolatedefile, treat sacrilegiously “invaders profaned our sacred temples”

Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent time with His disciples. On His last night, Jesus informed them of things that were about to take place, and to let them know that He was going to His Father’s (God) house, to prepare a place for them (and us). Jesus then said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” ~ John 14: 4

Thomas quickly spoke up and said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”. Jesus responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To which Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

When we study the Gospels and the epistles, everything we read in relation to Christ is exactly how God would respond, because Jesus only did what His Father showed Him, and in the same way His Father would do it. Paul went on to write:

Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God...” Colossians 1:15 – 17

All of us who declare ourselves as “Christian” should be concerned about our witness for Christ. And the thing is, we can’t do or be a godly representative without the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Our part is to yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. To be teachable and willing to repent and change course when we find out our way of doing things is not God’s way. To not run from God’s loving conviction and correction, but to humbly say, “You are right Father. The way I acted is not how Jesus would act (or speak, think, believe…etc). Please forgive me.”

The more we go on in this way the more clearly we will reflect the glory of God’s presence in our lives, so that the people around us will say, “I believe there is a God in heaven because I see Him in you.”

Blessings and have a wonderful day!

Live In Such A way

 

Inadequate

So here you are, wondering, perhaps even worried, that you are inadequate for the task at hand.

You are. Embrace it.

The fact that your self-awareness perceives your own weakness, your lack, your utter need for more than what you have, for more than what you are…well, that’s a good thing. God can work with that.

You see, it’s the proud, the arrogant, the self-sufficient who fail to recognize their need for anyone else, for anything else apart from their own intellect or ability…and God resists the proud.

You weren’t created to be complete in yourself. You can’t be…it’s impossible:

“I (Jesus) am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The good news is, that with Jesus, with God you can do whatever He wants you to do:

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

I want to leave you with the truth that the Apostle Paul came to embrace after undergoing multiple personal trials and attacks. In his desperation, weariness and need, he cried out to the Lord, asking God to deliver him from the circumstances he was experiencing. You see, the Lord had entrusted Paul with tremendous insight, discernment and spiritual gifts. Just the kind of things that can lead someone to forget that they are the recipient of gifts and not the creator of the gifts:

 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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“I will never be late…”

Sharing this encouraging word from The Passion Translation of the Bible:

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“You have asked Me, When will the waiting be over?”

Wisdom governs My timing and the changes of seasons. There are changes coming and they will come so swiftly you will be caught off guard, but rest in My wisdom. It is easy for you to miss My timing. You know a measure of My plan, but you must learn that My timing is different. I will tell you My plans, but the timing of these plans is in My hands. As pieces of a puzzle come together to frame a beautiful picture, so there are pieces yet that must come together before the unfolding of the fullness takes place.

I will never be late or fail to keep My promises. Why would you be impatient when you know that I hold all things in My hands, including the timing. My time clock moves in the rhythm of My love. So be sensitive to the wisdom of My timing and you will grow in the ways of eternity. Faith is never in a hurry and you will be thrilled beyond measure when you see what I accomplish in your life.

Hebrews 6:15 The Passion Translation

“Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled.”

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His Eyes Are Looking

“The LORD’s eyes keep on roaming throughout the earth, looking for those whose hearts completely belong to Him, so that He may strongly support them.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Does God have your heart? Is your hope completely in Him, to the point that you can say as Simon Peter did, “…Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)

If your hope is in God, take heart. The Lord not only desires to help you, He will show Himself strong on your behalf.

My prayer for you today is this:

Holy Father, You are the One we look to. You are the One we rely upon. Your words are truth & they are life.

We need you, Lord. We need your strength. Please renew our hope and trust where it is weakening. Please heal our wounded hearts, quiet our worried minds and give us peace down deep in our soul. Deliver us from everything that is seeking to steal, kill & destroy our purpose, our lives & our faith. Show us those places in our lives that need Your mercy and forgiveness; those times we have sinned against You and our fellow man. Give us the grace to forgive others as freely as You forgive us. 

Thank you for responding to the humble heart, the one that is lost without You and knows it. Thank you for loving us so much that you are watching, searching for those who cry out to you in their need; for those who are standing steadfast in their faith, because they know that you alone are the Faithful One, the Mighty One.

Thank you for never failing those who love You, for never forsaking** those who rely on You. We love you, Father. We love you Lord.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

** “…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]  Hebrews 13:5 b Amplified Bible

 

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