Daily Devotional for Monday December 27, 2004
Standing for the Truth of God?s Word
(Isaiah 43:10; Mark 16:15; 1 Corinthians 9:16)
One of the goals I have each day is to help you become bolder in your witness for Jesus Christ in your daily life. The fact is, witnessing is NOT something only certain people are called to do, but something EVERY person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior MUST do. Witnessing is NOT AN OPTION. IT IS A COMMAND FROM GOD!
Now more than ever, God needs ALL of His children sharing their faith with others each and every day. I get asked thousands of times every day, ?What is God?s plan for my life?? People email me every day frustrated they don?t know what God wants them to do. Of course, He has a specific plan and purpose for each one of our lives and that plan is revealed to us over time, but we ALL have certain responsibilities as followers of Christ. One of those responsibilities is to share our faith with the people God places in our lives each day.
Let me tell you why this is more critical today than ever before. SATAN IS IN FULL ATTACK MODE!!! Things he would have never dreamed of doing even 20 years ago, he does with boldness and impunity today. The media has become the chief vehicle satan uses to take his lies to the masses literally 24/7. Through television, radio, movies, the Internet, and publications, satan relentlessly broadcasts to the masses his messages that are in complete rebellion to the God of the Bible.
24/7 he sends the message that there is nothing wrong with taking drugs, alcohol is legal so it is okay to drink, food is there for you to consume in whatever amounts you want, gambling is a form of recreation, and sex is something you should enjoy any way that makes you feel good with anyone you want. In breaking down the moral fabric of our society, satan has unleashed a full scale attack on God?s plan for families and is even trying to re-define God?s Holy Institution of marriage. He is using the law to try and take God out of every aspect of public life. The worst part is, he is being successful in everything he is attempting to do!!!
Emboldened by his success, he has taken dead aim on trying to destroy the church. Using cults like the Mormons, the Jehovah?s Witnesses, Christian Science, Kaballah, Scientology, false religions like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and various New Age groups, he is drawing people searching for hope and truth in their life away from the only hope there is, Jesus Christ, and the only truth there is, God?s Word.
Satan has raised up false shepherds in the church who deny the inspiration and inerrancy of God?s Word. That opens the door for every kind of sin imaginable and will destroy the church from within. This is why you now have churches that not only teach homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle, but have practicing homosexuals in the pulpit and in key leadership potions. That is why you now have churches that preach it is acceptable for a woman to murder her baby. That is why you now have churches teaching that everyone will make it to Heaven if you just do your best. These lies from the pits of hell are all being preached and taught from the pulpits of Christian churches all throughout the nation by false shepherds who have compromised the Word of God.
To further attempt to destroy God?s Word, there are now new versions of the Bible. Not translations, which are written in English and other languages taken from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, but new versions that have been written to make homosexuality acceptable, a brand new one that makes sex outside of the bonds of marriage acceptable, and others that have been written to change God?s Word. YOU CAN WRITE YOUR OWN BIBLE, BUT YOU CAN NEVER CHANGE THE IMMUTABLE TRUTH OF GOD?S INSPIRED AND INERRANT WORD! A big part of the reason satan has been so successful is that many of those who God has called to take His truth to this lost world have found it much safer and financially rewarding to stay in the ?Christian trough? and only preach to the choir. Pastors and those who lead ministries have decided to stay in the comfort of the four walls of the church, in the spotlight of the Christian media, and have ignored God?s command to take the Gospel to the world. By keeping the truth of God?s Word isolated within the Christian community, the lies of Satan go unopposed and unchallenged and those who need the hope of Christ and the truth of God?s Word the most will never hear it.
That is why now more than ever, YOU need to share your faith and stand for the truth of God?s Word in your day to day life. God places people in your life every day at school, at work, in your neighborhood, through your activities, in your own family, people that are hurting and looking for hope and answers in their life. Your greatest witness to these people is what Jesus has done in your life. The main message you need to share with them is that Jesus loves them, He died for their sins, and if they will put their faith and trust in Him, they will receive the assurance of everlasting life.
You don?t need to be a theologian to witness, though the more you read and study God?s Word the better equipped you will be. You don?t need special training to talk to others about Jesus, though there are many great programs and books available on how to share your faith. What you do need is to have a love for people since the bottom line is those who die without Christ will be eternally separated from God their Creator. You may be the messenger God is sending into their life to tell them how to be saved. You may be the only person that will love them enough to tell them about Jesus Christ. That fact alone should be enough for you to share your faith with those God places in your life.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. Praying that you hear what God is clearly calling you to do today, and that is to share your faith and start taking a stand for the truth of His Word. If those who know Christ as their Savior would do nothing more than share His love and the hope we have in Him with the people God places in their lives, you would be amazed at what a different world this would be.
The sin and evil we see in this world is from people living their lives in rebellion to God and His Word. When people come to Jesus and stop living in complete rebellion to God, that is one less person contributing to the evil in the world. For those you speak to that don?t want to hear about Jesus, that is their choice. Never forget, you can?t force someone to get saved, that is a choice each person has to make for themselves. Your job is not to make them believe, your job is to simply share the Gospel and the truth of God?s Word with them. What they choose to do with that truth is then between them and God.
Satan may be in full attack mode, and he may be inflicting lots of damage in our world and in many lives, but we already know that in the end God wins. Satan is a defeated foe. His time is short and he will soon be spending his eternity in the Lake of Fire. His mission is to take as many with him into everlasting damnation as possible. As a child of God, our mission is to lead as many into an everlasting relationship with Christ as possible.
Let me leave you with this challenge today. Satan, who has already lost, is being bold, is being faithful in his mission each day. May you and I, who have won because we have Christ in our hearts, be even bolder, be even more faithful in our mission each day as we share with the lost and hurting the hope and love of Jesus Christ and stand for the truth of God?s Word!