So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 KJV
From Nicodemus, who went to Jesus in the cloak of the dark of night to ask, How can these things be? (ref. John 3) To the Ethiopian Eunuch whom Philip encountered in the 8th chapter in the book of the Acts of the apostles. Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading? To which he responded, How can I except some man should guide me.. He didn’t stop there, he invited Philip to join him and guide him – and Philip did.
As in the days of Jesus and the apostles, we live in a time where people need to hear the truth. They need to hear the Word of God. And, they just may need someone to guide/teach/help them understand, on a personal level.
In the US Army, they love building us up by saying, We’re leaders at every level. Now, this is what you tell the Privates to build them up and encourage them when sending them out on an undesirable duty such as, picking up trash or sweeping rocks in the motor pool. But, it gave their job meaning, gave them meaning.
We’re in the Lord’s Army! Don’t we have an even greater commission – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 KJV
There are several definitions of witness. My favorites are: a.) give or serve as evidence of; testify to. b.) (of a person) openly profess one’s religious faith.
We are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ our Lord. Although, Resurrection Sunday has passed for 2022, what Jesus did on the cross is ever with us! Truth is, He’s alive! In Him, we have life, liberty, love, grace, mercy! In Him, we all have a testimony to share. We’re all witnesses of His power, His Spirit, His hand in our lives.
I was thinking over my life this past weekend, both the good and bad. And I came to the realization, that throughout the “bad times”, I’ve had a choice of which direction I was to turn. I could have continued on my destructive little path, shook my fist at the sky, blamed God for all that wasn’t right! Or, I could have allowed those times to bring me to my knees.
Hard times have a way of hardening us or humbling us.
For each time Jesus has tugged at your heart and drawn you with His Spirit, let me encourage you to share it! Tell someone today about the mighty move of God in your life.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32 KJV
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