Saturday, January 3, 2009

7 Lessons for L.I.F.E. : Lesson 4 Be Bold in the Lord

Luke 12: 8-9 I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.

How often have you been at work in a discussion about a particular moral topic, pre-marital sex,abortion, homosexuality; and instead of speaking up, you sat quietly by and allowed others to speak untruths or defame the gospel and it's message?

Or perhaps you were led to reach out to prostitutes, drunks, or other people considered to be of ill repute, and instead of helping them, you turned your back because you were afraid of what people would think.

God has the power to make His message heard. If He has given you something to do or something to say, you should be bold in Him and understand that it is not necessary to seek ways in which to make it more palatable to man.

Being bold in the Lord makes our lives effective, fruitful, and significant. It causes others to be drawn to Him. And nothing could be more significant than drawing others to Christ.

Paul was a great example of boldness for the Lord. Paul never changed his message to make it more acceptable. Those who proclaim God's truth while walking in His plan for their lives have a responsibility to be honest and forthcoming. Are you honest and straightforward in your dealings? Or do you tell people what they want to hear?

Boldness comes from God and can only be obained when we free ourselves from the bondage of human approval and the false sense of security and comfort we get from materialistic gain.

We disown God when we hope no one will think we are Christians, decide not to speak up for what is right, are silent about our relationship with God, blend into society, and accept our culture’s non-Christian values.

By contrast, we honor God when we become bold in His name by living moral, upright, Christ loving lives, looking for opportunities to share our faith with others, helping others in need, taking a stand for justice, loving others, acknowledging our loyalty to Christ, and using our lives and resources to carry out his desires rather than our own.

Be bold in God and live according to His desire for your life. Don't focus on the impressions you will make. Instead live in such a way that is worthy of God and His significance in your life.

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