Saturday, October 30, 2010

No Fear - October 30, 2010

2 Timothy 1:7-10 (New King James Version)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

8 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, 9 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, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Are you bold about what you believe? Do you have any problem letting people know that you are a follower of Jesus Chirst? We in the United States are certainly spoiled. We have it relatively easy when it comes to expressing our faith. In many countries around the globe, many who boldly profess their faith do so, knowing that the consequences could mean death. I read a news story last week about Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani, who has been sentenced to death in Iran for what is called a “thought crime.” Several others in his church have been imprisoned as well.

As a Christian, I am sure that they knew the consequences of telling people about Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, yet they chose to do so anyway. If the situation where the same in this country, would you be so bold as to have "no fear" in preaching the gospel, the "good news" of Christ? Would you gladly face death with the goal to teach as many as you could about Jesus? How can people in other countries do this, while many of us are afraid to talk to our un-saved next door neighbor?

The answer is that they have received the Holy Spirit. They know without a doubt that Jesus Chirst is who he said he was, and that he has translated them from death to life. No matter what is done to them in their present body, they have the assurance in their minds and hearts that God's love has transceded this world, and it has guaranteed them a place with the Savior in heaven.

Can you say the same? Are you as sure about our faith? Do you know that if faced with certain death that you would boldy, unashamedly give everyone the testimony of our Lord? Would you gladly be convicted of a "thought crime"? If you are not sure, it is time you settle the question before it is too late.

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