I'd pretty much sworn off guest posting. It's a lot of extra work and it feels like no one really reads them. When I go to someone's blog honestly I go to read what they have to say. So when I was asked recently to write something for Tiffani's Word-Women Wednesday's I was surprised at how quickly I said YES. There has been something on my heart for a long time now and it just seemed a good fit.
I've just been saddened lately. It seems that everywhere I look sin has become the norm...accepted, applauded even. At church a few weeks ago our pastor showed a youtube video of a middle eastern leader proclaiming his love for the Lord. He was boldly declaring that Jesus was the way, the only way and that he was willing to die for his faith. Recently he did die. He gave his life to proclaim his faith.
As I watched that video anger started to build in me. This man actually died for standing apart, for declaring what's right and we can't even chance a cold shoulder or risk losing a blog follower for fear of rejection. We've become afraid to speak truth. We've become gray. Where's the black and white?? I want absolutes. I want to boldly declare my faith and not care if someone agrees with me or not. It's not a popularity contest. We do have enemies. The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy. Are you willing to pick a side and defend what the Bible says? Do you know even know which side of the fence you are on in this monotone world?? There are sides. This is a fallen world. When I actually stand before him someday (and we ALL will) I want him to say well done thou good and faithful servant. I know I'm not perfect. I'm so very flawed just like those disciples, but with all my heart I hope to hear those words. The Apostle Paul said it best in 2 Timothy 4...
ending with this...this is a charge from His word I feel...how about you. Time to examine my heart.
Lord of immortality, before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces, enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear. Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous, let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.
I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised. But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross. May these objects engross my chief solicitude! Produce in me those principles and dispositions that make Thy service perfect freedom.
Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame, so that with firmness and courage I may confess the Redeemer before men, go forth with Him hearing His reproach, be zealous with His knowledge, be filled with His wisdom, walk with His circumspection, ask counsel of Him in all things, repair to the Scriptures for His orders, stay my mind on His peace, knowing that nothing can befall me without His permission, appointment and administration.
.. from puritan prayers
Please share a button and linkup the exact URL. I will leave the linkup open until 3/25/2011 11:59 PM and as we visit today let's think upon the words shared by Becki and from those who have faithfully run the race and won by standing firm in their faith. May we seek to emulate them. I love you all and a deep thank you to Becki for her bravery and sharing her own struggle and desire to stand firm and follow Him in a country that is much like 2 Timothy. May our hearts break to be the carriers of living seed to all who are hurting.