Ashamed of the Saviour

I’m not sure about you but if I’m honest there have been times when I have been ashamed of God and one case in particular I didn’t even realise my act had been caused out of shame until much later on. Have you ever listened to a friend’s situation and been close to saying “I’ll pray for you” but then you never say it and why not? Maybe it’s because like me you worried that you would say you’ll pray for God to help… but God wouldn’t help and then what impression would that leave??

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

The fact is we can’t be ashamed of the Gospel or ashamed to pray for others, and if you’ve been in the same situation as I mentioned before then maybe without realising you were ashamed of God. We need to have enough faith in God that if we tell someone were going to pray for them and if we say God will help them, then God would come through; showing His power and authority over everything in this world.

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17

Paul the Apostle tells us that “faith comes from hearing the message” and this doesn’t always mean sitting down and telling someone the Gospel, instead this can be as simple as telling someone you’re going to pray for them, praying for them, and then allowing God to take control and answer the prayer. This can speak to people in such a powerful way because it can show them that prayer is not some make believe act that Christians do but shows them there is power in prayer.

“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”  Luke 22:61

So the challenge; don’t be like Peter as we see in Luke 22:61, instead of denying our Saviour and denying the chance to pray for someone, make yourself strong in faith. Be faithful in God’s word and know that if you trust God to answer your prayer He will surely answer it. Be encouraged, be firm in faith and #speakout!

“meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:3

#Seeingisbelieving

Sometimes as Christians we might feel we don’t believe enough, or maybe you’re not even a christian because heck you can’t even see God to believe in him. As a christian I want to say you are not alone. But know that seeing isn’t always believing because we can see and still have little faith. So “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 as this is the only way to not waver in faith, the only way to truly continue to believe and this does not require having to see God or our Saviour; Christ Jesus. Who I love and who loves you!

Have you ever said you will believe when you see God? Thomas wouldn’t believe Jesus was resurrected, instead he said “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 and when Thomas sees Jesus He believes; “Then Jesus told him, Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29.

So does seeing always make us believe?

The answer is NO.
How do I know? because in the bible Peter sees Jesus and has his focus on Jesus… “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Matthew 14:29
… but even though peter can see Him he still doubts and this doubt causes him to lose his stability over the water and he begins to sink “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Note what Jesus says to him next:
“You of little faith,”
See peter could see Jesus yet he still lost faith, you don’t need to see God to believe in him so don’t be like Thomas and not believe until you see, as even then you might still not believe.

Remember this verse:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” 1 Corinthians 16:13
Don’t wait on God, just believe… and if you do believe then stay strong in your faith and grow to know God because then you will feel his presence and just as He will not leave you, nor will you leave Him.

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