TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, October 19, 2020:
Feeling shame, distress or embarrassment by feelings of guilt.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God.
I Peter 4:16
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We very rarely see a believer who knows the Lord communicate to someone about their faith. Some say it is fear of retaliation. Others say that it will affect negatively their relationship with somebody.
There is no doubt that the culture we live in today, the liberal media, the pressure of being politically correct and the moving away from our Judeo-Christian principles by America’s leaders is forcing many Christians to live their lives in a “shell.”
Many believer’s today do not want to cause conflict and be ridiculed for their faith and beliefs. When this happens, it tells the world around them that they are ashamed to share their faith with others but being ashamed of our faith is not of God and dishonors Him.
We have often wondered what we will say to our Lord when He asks -- “Why didn’t you tell (name) about Me when I gave you that opportunity?”
Thus, each one of us today need to take a new look as to how we are sharing our faith with those around us every day.
Peter instructs us not to be ashamed of our faith and if any of us do suffer as a result of our faith we are to give glory to God through that suffering.
In Romans, we read where Paul tells us that it is important for believers to understand that the reason, we are not to be ashamed of the gospel message of our faith in Christ is because it is, “the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 above). It is through us that God brings His message of salvation to others.
More than at any time in history God is expecting us, as Christians, to stand up for what we believe. One of the reasons we say this is because we have more ways available to us to communicate the good news to others. We have computers, cell phones, social media, twitter, mass media etc. God has not promised us that it would be easy and that we would not run into those that disagree with what we communicate. He warns us that some who disagree may even react violently. We need to be strong enough in our faith to stand tall and firm in our faith no matter what happens.
God has promised us that if we stay true to Him and keep “Prayed up” he will lead and guide us and enable us to standup for our faith through every tough situation. Often it is just as simple as saying “no” to what we know is wrong in God’s sight, but it means we will have to stand alone.
There is no better way to show that we are not ashamed of the gospel message then to make it evident by example. Paul lists five areas in which we are to set an example:
• By our speech.
• Through our conduct, righteous living.
• With love and sacrificial service to others.
• By faith.
• Be pure in our words and deeds.
Do not be ashamed of your faith. Glorify God by living an exemplary life and let others see Christ in you.
Our memory verse for today is found in James 1:5.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.
Help me not to be ashamed of You, my Savior who gave me the wonderful gift of eternal life. Thank You for the assurance that I have of eternal life and the assurance that You will be with me every moment of this day. Give me the courage to use every opportunity given me to share my faith with someone.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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