Faithful Obedience Without fear.
Do you have trouble sharing your faith? Are you hoping to avoid making yourself a target for others to mock or ghost because of your beliefs? How can Christians be strong in their faith, share their beliefs and not be afraid of the earthly consequences?
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“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Paul knew that he would face physical suffering one day and yet, more than once he escaped it with miraculous assistance. Though his diligence in serving God and spreading the message of salvation through Christ Jesus would continuously put him in dangerous situations, he pressed on, determined to finish the race. He even found joy in his battles because he knew that God was on his side and he was doing the work of the Lord.
Becoming the enemy is not the end.
Though we may be hesitant to paint a target on our own backs, we are called to do the same as Paul, and share our faith with the world. What if your words or actions could lead to someone accepting Christ and becoming a Christian? There is no limit to God’s love. He won’t run out if we share it with too many people. There is no good reason to keep it to ourselves, in fact we have every reason not to.
“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”
Spend time reading your Bible.
Even as he preached the gospel, Paul knew there would be wolves that would rise up and confuse the people. Liars waiting in disguise as believers and hungry lions pretending to be sheep, could lead an unsuspecting believer down the wrong path. Those same liars and wolves are present today, hidden well among us and deceiving many with an outward disguise of holiness or supernatural wisdom. We cannot see through the facade if we aren’t spending time in the word, and we cannot share with others if we cannot see the truth ourselves.
How do I recognize the liars? What separates the sheep from the wolves?
Spending time in God’s word daily and sharing His message of salvation has a power behind it like nothing else on earth. The peace that passes understanding and that joy that comes in the hope of heaven are only experienced when you have a relationship with Christ. The Holy Spirit will give discernment to those who are steadfast in the word and seeking God's will and direction in their daily lives.
How do I conquer my fears of becoming a target?
Just like Paul, we have to understand that our home is in heaven. this world is temporary and the bible tells us we will suffer here. put your eyes on the Lord and your hopes and faith in the eternal life, not this one. Your treasure in heaven will far outlay temporary treasures of this world.
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I hope you will seek Him daily and spend time with the Lord in your daily life.