How Can I Find Boldness To Share My Faith? 2 Timothy 1:8

Some people suffer from shyness or struggle with fears when it comes to sharing their faith. How do we overcome this?

"So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God." 2 Timothy 1:8

In the first century the cross was a shameful thing and if you knew someone who was crucified it would be a scandal and you would keep it secret; to not be ashamed went against the cultural standards of the times.

DO NOT
This has the strength of a command. It is a clear statement that we are not to be ashamed. If we are ashamed we need to confess and repent.

TESTIMONY
To testify is to tell what you know. It does not require an advanced college degree to tell about your experience,

SUFFERING
We are invited to share in his suffering. It is an honor to suffer with the Lord. The Apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer in his name, Acts 5:41.

POWER
Power is set in contrast to shame, in this case it is the opposite of shame. The Gospel is the power of God to change lives and save man. This power is far greater than any shame we could experience. The Gospel has power and that should be sufficient to overcome fear.

JOIN
Instead of being ashamed of the Gospel Paul invites us to become partners with Christ in affliction.

The greater act of power was salvation, it is the harder task; the lesser is to empower us to testify-to empower us would be easy after making salvation.

Accept the power, claim it, and act on the power of the gospel.

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Where Can I Look For Blessing In My Life? Psalm 87:7

We feel dried and empty. We wonder, "Where is the good and where can we find blessing?"

"As they make music they will sing, 'All my fountains are in you.'" Psalm 87:7.

This verse concludes a Bible passage that celebrates a people's identity with their place of worship and faith.

ALL
All excludes nothing; it is not most or some but every single one.  All gives an idea of abundance- not just some or a few but a limitless all.

MY
Blessings are in storage waiting to be given to each of us.

FOUNTAINS
The Bible used various metaphors such as the fountains and rivers, these refer to sources of life and blessing.

In all literature a fountain illustrates a source or a place of origin.

This fountain picture makes us think of a spring in the desert where desirable, delicious, refreshing water is overflowing out toward us. This source cannot be contained or limited naturally.

ARE IN
This is an absolute statement, and a point of reference. If you said, X marks the spot, the X would be Him.
     * He holds our blessings,
     * He is a source of blessing,
     * He is administering our blessings.
     * He is able to give limitless blessings.

YOU
Only God can be the source and giver of such blessings. He is rich in blessing and can never be used up.

LET THE BLESSINGS FLOW
Our sin may block blessing from filling our lives. God has already given the greatest blessing when he sent his son to die to pay for our sin and give us eternal life. If he has already given the biggest and best the other blessings we need are small by comparison and he is clearly willing to give them too.

God offers to be the fountain of blessing in your life, Jesus put it one way when he said, "I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10. And he invites us to him when he said. "Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28


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When Should a Humble Person Talk About Themselves? Psalm 107:2

People of faith value the virtue of humility and don't feel it right to talk about their experiences, but is that what the Bible teaches?

"Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe." Psalm 107:2

REDEEMED
To redeem something is to buy it back. It means to pay the price to get something or someone released. When you come to God you are redeemed from the demands of judgment against your sins.

These redeemed are already redeemed; they are not hoping for salvation someday but have already received salvation.

OF THE LORD
We are not able to be our own redeemer from sin and its judgment since even our most righteous deeds are contaminated and are not good enough to pay for sin, but God is righteous and is able to make redemption a reality to any who receive it. Since he has become our redeemer he claims ownership of the redeemed, he says we are his and the foe has no claim on us.

TELL THEIR STORY
The testimony of those who have been freed from sin is powerful to change the world. People need what the redeemed have. People need healing, restoration, salvation, forgiveness and love. When we tell our story we are the light they need.

The telling of the story of God's deliverance is an act of worship since it acknowledges who he is and what he has done. It is also an act of gratitude and should be proclaimed with thankfulness.

FOE
The context of the verse talks about historical events and cultural experiences of ancient times but it applies perfectly to our lives today. We have a foe in sin. Sin has put us in bondage and corrupted our world. Sin brings us into judgment since it must be punished, but Our Lord has paid the bondage price in his own blood by his death and has taken our punishment. He has freed us and calls us his own.

LET THE REDEEMED TELL
The redeemed of the Lord have a wonderful message of light and hope we should encourage each other to tell it to this dark and needy world.

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Does The Bible Say We Must Choose God? Joshua 24:15

Does God want us to drift through life and somehow float up to him at the end of it all, or is there a point where we have to make a choice?

"...Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15.

Even though the people had conquered the Promised Land and were enjoying the blessing of the Lord Joshua challenges them that they must choose.

CHOOSE
God gives a choice; he does not force himself on us. That would not be a loving act on His part. If we are to love God we love him best if we chose to- not if we are forced to.

Choice is an act of personal will. Another cannot choose for you, it must be your own. You cannot say I serve the Lord because I was born to this family, or it the culture I live in. You must choose for yourself.

THIS DAY
We live one day at a time, one hour, at a time, and one moment at a time. We do not know what the next day or moment may bring. The Bible never says choose God someday, or you can wait. Scripture is full of, "Call on the Lord while he may be found,"* and, "Today is the day of salvation."** Don't say I will choose to serve God  later when you have time.

SERVE
We are created to serve God. We suspect it subconsciously and spend our lives looking for meaning or purpose, we are searching for Him but don't realize it. When we choose The Lord we find what we were designed for.

THE GODS OF....
The gods that their ancestors served and the gods of the Amorite people were inferior to the Lord. Many times the Lord proved himself better, stronger, superior, more loving, and more powerful than the gods of the pagans, whom He defeated many times. Why choose them?

BUT AS FOR ME
Regardless of what other people think Joshua chooses The Lord, and if no one else comes along he will still choose the Lord regardless.

Choose to serve the Lord this day.

To learn more about coming to the Lord see my other blog.


* Isaiah 55:6  ** 2 Corinthians 6:2

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What is The Best Advice Ever? Proverbs 4:23

What is the one bit of advice that Solomon the wisest man wrote in his book of proverbs that is a must? If you only learn just one what one should it be?

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23.

ABOVE ALL ELSE
This is to give it the first importance, the highest priority, and make it the number one thing in the agenda book. This is a call to be diligent, and not sloppy.

There are many things that we need to attend to (and legitimate too) but the most crucial one is this.

GUARD
The palace guard stays on watch every hour of every day, they may change personnel but there is always someone on duty. A good guard stays alert, is ever ready, watches for danger, and keeps his equipment in order with his weapon ready.

YOUR HEART
In the Bible the heart is the seat of affections, emotions, reasoning, and thinking. From this we have our moral center. This makes it too valuable to neglect.

The heart needs to be watched since it is prone to wander and deceive.

EVERYTHING YOU DO
Our conduct comes from our heart; all the issues of life and every choice or decision you make will be guided by it.

FLOWS FROM IT.
Something that is flowing can't be changed or stopped. This word is used in a present tense that suggests the flowing is always going to flow.

TAKE ACTION
     * Keep yourself free of vanity
     * Keep your doctrine free from error.
     * Turn from your sins,
     * Be faithful in prayer,
     * Meditate on God's Word.
     * Seek companionship of good people who love God.
     * Keep your affections on God and His work.

If your heart is right with God you life will be right, if your fill your heart with garbage your life will be trashy.

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What If Jesus Came To My Church Today? Matthew 24:13

Is everything in church ok? Are there some things we do that do not make God happy?

"It is written," He said to them, "My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers." Matthew 21:13.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND
The quote above is from when Jesus entered the temple courts and found the merchants making a profit by changing money to temple coin and selling the sheep and cattle needed for sacrifices. Jesus drove the profiteers out of the temple.

ACTIONS OVER WORDS
The things Jesus did said more about him than his teaching. He did not complain about the injustice of profiting at the expense of poor people seeking God, instead he took action and drove the merchants from the house of worship.

YOU ARE THE CHURCH
The church God is not a building or even what we do in the building but the church is the people who come to the Lord through faith.

WHAT IF JESUS CAME TODAY
If Jesus turned over the tables and drove the crooks out of the temple what can we expect if he comes into our lives today. Would he judge, condemn, and throw everything out? Jesus was loving and gentle to those who came to him but was harsh to those who hindered them from coming. When we come to him we will find compassion.

OUR MOTIVATION
Knowing Christ brings us into a relationship. We can expect his activity in our lives; he will be loving but he will not tolerate compromise or hypocrisy for long. We should examine our acts and motives to see if any are offensive and turn from them. If Our Lord cleansed the temple we can expect he will do similar acts in our lives.

Though we should act against injustice and wrong doing we must turn from things that are wrong and ask his help to do right. He is willing to cleanse us and then we will be able to serve him, our churches and our communities.

To learn more about how to have a personal relationship with the Lord see my other blog.

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