Posts Tagged ‘ashamed of the gospel’

This is the beginning of a great series by JD.  It is oh so relevant to what we are seeing and feeling as Christians living in this fallen world.

The real question we must ask ourselves is: Am I living in this world for myself or for God?

Have I died to myself and am only living in this would not being “of this world”.  For those that are not “of this world”, this world will hate.  We are seeing that escalate.

The quote from JD that hit me the hardest was when he states:  We are at a crossroad of decision everyday of our lives.  Are we going to pick up our cross (die to self) and follow Christ today or are we going to live for ourselves (for our own gain) as part of this world.

That is what Jesus meant in Luke 9:23

Luke 9:23-26

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

And do we really know the consequences of living for ourselves?

It was laid out for us in Matthew 6 and James 4:

Matthew 6:24

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

James 4:4

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Notice the choice of words in Matthew.  We “CANNOT” serve two masters, this is a choice, and either or, and not something we should take lightly, also it is not a should or even something we could do if we really tried hard.

Second, James spells out the consequences of our choice, which took my breath away.  Me and enemy of God?  That is a very important daily decision.  Something I think many of us take way to lightly each and every morning.

If you wonder what it means to die to self and achieve absolute surrender.  There is an excellent book by Andrew Murray called Absolute Surrender.  He does a great job of laying out what it means and why it is so important in less than 100 pages.

We must choose to pick up our cross daily and not be ashamed of the Gospel.  We can not stand for a watered down version to appease their itchy ears.  It is so important in these last days.  God will do the work, we just need to stand up and let Him work through us.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!





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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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The Truth hurts and I think we all need to face the fact that we had a role in where we are as a society.  It is a dark place and I am as guilty as the next person in not fighting for God’s truth, The Truth.  So may say even to the point of acting as if we are ashamed of the gospel.  Dark days ahead for this world.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!



Mar 17, 2014

America’s Last Gleaming

by Terry James

We have, it seems, bred ourselves out of a biblically based, quasi-Christian culture in America and into one more in line with that which so sorely vexed Lot. It is a frightening prospect we now face.

While this is not to cast such dire aspersions upon all of the young within the nation–for I have some among them whom I love with all my heart as honorary grandchildren—the fact nonetheless is in front of us. America is faced with a deteriorating societal soul and this portents absolute disaster if things don’t change for the better. And, there’s only one change that can make the difference: Jesus Christ being brought back into the culture and residing at its center.

Jesus Christ being allowed to be marginalized by the God-haters and God-deniers, and now made a mocking, hated Name in our culture, is not the fault of the youth who are caught up in the tragedy. (And, this is not to excuse their own sins in any way.) It is us with whom the sin rests. The generations preceding the youth of today have decided that seeking and attaining material comforts and appropriating entertainment at the expense of attending to matters of morality have brought this nation to the brink of disaster.

I am aware that many upon whose toes I’m stepping will be angered by my thoughts–prayerfully considered though they are. The truth must be confronted, however.

Many–I would conjecture the majority—within Christianity today are part of this massive failure of nurturing our youth. The church, beyond any doubt whatsoever, is where the nurturing should be most pointed. But, the minds and spiritual hearts of a great many of those in the pew have been observably on things other than Bible truth and adherence to godly morality over these past couple of decades.

One particular blog piece struck hard at my thought processes this week and sparked this essay. Some of that piece follows.


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