I had an epiphany this morning. It just came to me so clearly. But the Lord spoke to my heart. He asked me if I was ashamed of Him? I thought about it, for a second, because if folks know me, they know I serve God. They know I am always talking about Him. Folks even have told me, do you always have to talk about God? So when the Lord, spoke that to me, I was for a moment I was in denial. Because I do know my heart, has always been aware to give God praise. I never want to offend Him. But He brought it to my attention. Softly, kindly, not demanding, but in a way that made me think. So I did….
Was I allowing the devil to steal Gods glory? Wow, eye opening for sure, spiritual eye opening…..
It made me sad. I suppose I have now and then, in matters of business. Separating my faith, with those who might not understand, who might even treat my faith shabbily. And sometimes, I have just wanted to avoid confrontations. With even some family members. Even to the point, where I will not share my faith, if they stomp on it, or like the King James scripture says, “being careful not to throw my pearls to swine.”
But, I have withheld sometimes. I have had a problem sharing my faith, in matters of business. Even in giving a blessing. But my King James bible says:
IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS. Proverbs 3:6. King James.
That is a loaded commandment. If you think about it. It says, in all thy ways…acknowledge God talk about Him.
Some may find it awkward, I have to be honest on occasion, but it says in all thy ways. It does take practice for sure. But when we do we must even expect challenges, or even denials. I have always for the most part, made it a point to do it on social media. And I have always gotten good and bad responses.
In fact, and I am sharing this conversation from my blog, http://elenaschristianconversations.wordpress.com but I just happened to mention prayer. In a post. I got a very negative response from someone, who called my God names, and also said prayer did not work, and that Christianity, was a cult. And that I was brainwashed. This is my response to her.
I feel sorry for you *****. I truly do, see you think about cults, because you don’t know Jesus personally, you probably heard about Him through religion. Religion, is rules, regulations, traditions, rituals, made by men and groups. I have had a relationship with my Lord for such a long time, religion had nothing to do with it. Your heart is so hard, I am sure and probably hurt by RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. But Jesus has never hurt me. I am not brainwashed by the way, I am Soul washed… have a nice day.
I take to heart when Isaiah 54:17 King James tells me the following:
NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST THEE SHALL PROSPER; AND EVERY TONGUE THAT SHALL RISE AGAINST THEE IN JUDGEMENT THOU SHALT CONDEMN, THIS IS THE HERITAGE OF THE SERVANTS OF THE LORD, AND THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OF ME.
That was one of the easiest conversations to be honest, where I did not have great spiritual battle, because I just spoke it from my heart. But I also condemned it, because enough of the devil trying to steal the glory from God! And thats what the enemy was doing as he used her to mock my faith.
There are so many voices in our world, that want to silence the truth of who Jesus is, and I know as a believer, we have to be aware of that, and acknowledge God. Bring the light into darkness. Don’t be meek or shy about it, but have courage, to be bold and even as a testimony to say, look what the Lord has done for me, and I have learned that. Theres a lost world out there, and even a moment you could bring light to someone, even if you never see them again. But they saw your faith, they saw the love. They see the difference.
Yet I have failed God in this, by not acknowledging Him now and then. And as I mentioned I have done it in business matters. But I am going to try a little harder to let this little light of mine shine, for His glory.
It takes practice, and like I said, for the most part I do try, but that scripture says, IN ALL THY WAYS…. ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS.
I sure do want my paths directed, especially now at this point of my life. I think about what Jesus told us, as well, that if we were ashamed of Him, He would be ashamed of us, when we stand before Him. Where He even sternly tells us, He could tell us, I NEVER KNEW YOU. How shocking would that be to a soul, to leave this earth, and have Jesus say that. That would affect eternity.
So I never want to grieve God, or hurt His feelings as well. I never want to give place to the enemy, where he could steal the glory from God.
I guess, I am just mindful of this, by that prompting, as I write this, to think about it. One has to ask themselves….Do I ever allow the enemy to steal Gods glory, by not mentioning Him? Am I ashamed? I think we all have to think about this now and then. Not with lip service, but with truly a heart, that wants to give Him glory.
I cannot help but want to give God glory, even like with the conversation I had above, but to give God glory, even when it comes to prayer. And not being ashamed to pray, any where.
He has answered so many prayers of mine, and when people mock this, like that person did, and even say I am brain washed. I know I am not brain washed, but soul washed. I know the difference. No one cannot tell me there is no God. I know the truth in this. But I also know I have my part. Repenting, reading His truth my King James, forgiving, praying, walking in love, and yes acknowledging Him.
This has given me courage, but you cannot just not do anything either because works without faith is dead.
Anyway, just sharing my heart, hope this blesses you. But mostly, I hope it blesses my Lord. As I write, and acknowledge my Lord Jesus….
Have a wonderful day in Christ.