Monday, April 23, 2007

Be Bold

Mark 8:38
38For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Some verses bring hope, others conviction. Last Thursday I was looking at John 14 and the hope it promises. I must also be faithful to the Bible and spend some time on the verses like this one also that can be uncomfortable and are definitely part of the message of the Bible.

Also, this is one of my weaknesses that I need to be reminded about on a regular basis. In my everyday life, I tend towards hiding my faith. I sometimes behave as if I were ashamed. I try to excuse myself and say that in my heart I am not ashamed, but actions in this case are possibly more important.

I know it would make Jesus sad if I was in a group of people that know me and they started putting down Christians as if I was not part of that "crazy group". First, that would mean they didn't already know that I am a Christian. And it would be a direct denial of Christ to not speak up, even in a simple way, and say "I am a Christian". And if I could say it with a calm attitude and not one of being ashamed, they might open up to learn more about Christianity. It takes me conscious effort to be bold for Christ and to be prepared to let my light shine. I find that if I spend time in prayer and reading the Bible that when the stray question or issue comes up that needs a Christian response, then I am more likely to give one.

Oh Jesus, help me to be faithful to you, and also to admit that I fall short so that I can accept you doing work in my life. And then of course, help me to actually let you do the work, even if it means a bit of pruning now an then. You are truly an Awesome God that loves us so much to want to work through us. Thank you for your amazing grace. Amen


At 8/01/2007 5:46 AM, Blogger MICKY said...

Greetings Fred
About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 2004, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages . God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].Are you in the kingdom of heaven, Fred? Have you had, Metanoia?

At 8/01/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Hi Micky, Thanks for stopping by.

God is awesome!! I Praise the Lord Jesus for your testimony. I can see how what I wrote here could raise flags for those that have gone through depression, where talk of responsibility and conviction bring back memories of the depression that can result. Depression is definitely not of God. His purpose of conviction is repentance and experiencing His amazing grace. We just have to remember not to deny the conviction out of a selfish desire to feel good on our own. Without Jesus and finding his forgiveness and grace through realizing we do mess up we can never experience the true Joy He offers.

Praise God you have found that Joy. And, as you meet others with different experiences than yours of not letting go of conviction, maybe knowing about this concept of needing to accept conviction will help you minister to all.

Jesus Loves You!

At 8/17/2008 6:07 AM, Blogger ximena said...

Hello Micky and Fred,

First of all I want to thank you Fred for your post of "Be Bold". I will soon begin art school in New York and have been preparing spiritually to be a light in the dark. Art school is not particularly famous for loving God. I am a recent convert (I received Jesus as my savior around April of this year), and ever since I have been praying to be more Christ-like in all of my daily actions. I need more boldness in preaching the gospel and reaching out to those who are in the dark of God's glory.
Your post has been helpful in giving me courage; God knows how to comfort and give courage, sometimes by using children of God as yourself.
For that I give praise.

Micky, your testimony was wonderful as well. I would like to take a moment to remind you that those who know God are in a blessed estate. We will never be alone, Christ dwells within us. Furthermore, God takes care of us to make sure all things work for good. In fact, everything in your life has and will work for good. The good experiences you've had allow you to delight and praise Christ, while the hardships have helped mold you into a better person, the one God wants you to be. It's not easy, but it's all for good.
I read recently a book Noel Piper in which she quoted a godly lady (I just forgot her name!) that gave me a wonderful image to live by. Imagine you are a rose. Now, take away all the thorns on the stem, all the leaves. Next, take away all the petals, all the little pollen bearing bristles even. You are left with a lithe, straight shaft. The things that were removed from the rose were not necessarily bad things, however, they had to be removed if your intention were to make an arrow. God does this to us. He removes everything, even innocent little petals (good thngs), that hinder us from being the arrows that he will shoot for his purposes at intended targets.

The lady was Helen Roseveare, I just looked it up.
Once again thank you for the lovely things you wrote.
Have a blessed day and keep your hearts set on Jesus.


At 8/19/2008 4:45 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Your salvation is awesome news. Praise the Lord! And my prayers are with you as you enter art school.

May you be strengthen by the Holy Spirit through prayer and reading your Bible and fellowship.


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