word women wednesday w/ farmgirl paints & linkup

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.

This is kind of a touchy topic.  Have you noticed lately a complete gray area with right and wrong? No one seems willing to stand up for what they believe in anymore.  I'm not really sure people even know what they believe in.  If you are a Christian you are Christ's follower.  We follow his example.  He didn't just choose to be around godly people, actually he picked some pretty flawed men to be in his posse, BUT that didn't mean that he became like them.  We are supposed to stand apart, to be different.  We are called as his followers to be salt and light.  There should be something so unique and special about our walk that people are drawn to us and ultimately to HIM.  This doesn't mean we walk around like religious zealots pushing our views down people's throats.  It just means that we do as he taught us in his word and know what we believe as believers.  Our lives might be the only Bible others ever read, but do we know what the actual Bible says?  It's very clear, very straight to the point...no gray.

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...

1 I give you a command in the sight of God and Christ Jesus. Christ will judge the living and the dead. Because he and his kingdom are coming, here is the command I give you.
2 Preach the word. Be ready to serve God in good times and bad. Correct people's mistakes. Warn them. Cheer them up with words of hope. Be very patient as you do these things. Teach them carefully.
3 The time will come when people won't put up with true teaching. Instead, they will try to satisfy their own longings. They will gather a large number of teachers around them. The teachers will say what the people want to hear.
4 The people will turn their ears away from the truth. They will turn to stories that aren't completely true.
5 But I want you to keep your head no matter what happens. Don't give up when times are hard. Work to spread the good news. Do everything God has given you to do.
6 I am already being poured out like a drink offering. The time has come for me to leave.
7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.

 

 

Becky Strahle www.farmgirlpaints.blogspot.com www.etsy.com/shop/farmgirlpaints

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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.