Friday, May 9, 2014

Be not ashamed

2 Timothy 1:8-9 "Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,"
1 Corinthians 12:7 "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other." NKJV

Matthew 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." NKJV

In Matthew 5:38-40,38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. NKJV  (Jesus told us to love God and love others, yet often we take our eyes off of Jesus and place them on ourselves).
Ps 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." NKJV
My Comments: Christ came so we may live and died so we may live more abundantly. He was not ashamed to call us His friend or brothers and sisters and we should not be ashamed to tell the world we are His and have been redeemed. Indeed as Born Again, we are called to tell others the Good News so they may accept the free gift of His love and redemption.
It is wisdom to share Christ Jesus with others so one day when we stand before our Lord God and Redeemer He will say. “Well done good and faithful servant.” We serve Him by loving others and by not being ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. We love Him by sharing our gifts to help others. The world says, “Do unto others what you would have them do to you.” And that sums up the law and the Prophets and what servant hood is, yet we can not do so with out our eyes being on our Lord. Well maybe for a short time yet not for the long haul.
If we take our eyes off of Jesus we have our eyes on something or someone else (ourselves usually) and when we look elsewhere other than God we lose focus, direction and stumble and often cause others to stumble or fall as well. If we trust His word, have faith in Him and what He says then we will not be ashamed to be called His. We will stand up and let others know the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God, Son of Man. We will use the gifts He has given us to help our Brethren and others and we will trust Him and have faith that He will do a good work in us and strengthen us to do good works in His name.
Abba Father, strengthen our minds and our hearts. Help us to know Your word and understand Your word and share Your word with a hungry, thirsty and dieing world. Let us not listen to the whiles of the devil nor turn away from Your truths in fear. Help us to boldly stand up for who we are in You. Help us to use the talents and gifts You have bestowed upon us for building up the body of Christ and bringing others to the true knowledge of Your sacrifice for our Redemption.
Abba for those who do not know You help them Father to come to You through Your Son Jesus. Help them to know it is a gift for them freely given and they do not have to do works to be given the gift of eternal life only acknowledge Jesus as Savior, confess their sin and accept the gift Jesus purchased for them on the Cross.
Jesus we love and adore You and thank You for Your sacrifice and love. Search our hearts Lord and make us Yours. Lord Jesus, give us Your heart for all who we come in contact with
Holy Spirit, give us the word of God on our hearts, in our minds and spilling forth from our mouths with boldness and faith. Use us to bring others to the knowledge and understanding of the Glory of God and what Jesus did for us that we and they may live eternally as the Child of God.
In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen