FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVES. ROMANS 1:16
I am not ashamed to be a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ, is the son of God, and He was sent by God, to set us free from our sins.
So I am not ashamed. In fact, I am so bold, when it comes to my faith, that I see it, to some, as being peculiar, or weird. But thats who I am. I have trained myself to be that way. By the promptings of God and his Holy spirit. That defines who I am. (See my last Post…Train yourself in the ways of the Lord)
I was always somewhat of a bold child to begin with. But now when it comes to who I am in Christ, I do try, and shout it to the Mountain tops. Thats why I write. Thats why I try to express in my blog here, and my Poetry of Hope, and Facebook, that God is such a good God.
I felt it so strongly this morning, even to express this. Maybe because I don’t see too many people sharing their faith. I want to encourage you, to be more vocal about it. Why? Well, first of all it is an honor, and a privilege to serve God. To know, that the King of Kings, allows me to serve him. Does he need me? No, but I need him. Second of all, as you express it, there is growth in your life, strength comes in, and gives you wisdom, as well. There is a power, like the scripture above states, that I cannot even put into words. But it is God.
Let me share a little about myself, and maybe you can relate, and maybe you can brush this off. But, growing up for me was hard. I was not privileged, to have a mom and a dad together. Mom did not have a lot of money. She was extremely, strict and so I rebelled. Rebellion, hurt me. Dad was there, but not a great participant in my life. But when he spoke I listened. So hungry, for my father to guide me. He told me, he had prayed for me, to be born, because mom could not have children. That impacted me about God. Knowing I was even alive, because my Father prayed for me, has always caused me to think about my destiny, and who I am.
I grew up literally fighting for survival on the streets of Denver. Did I want to fight? No. But I was forced too. I was always challenged. People would pick fights with me. So it taught me, to stand up for myself, and fight back. When I grew up a little after all that fighting, from being provoked. I also fought others. I was a mess.
When I went into the business, world, got a job, and took a few college classes, and got my act together. I realized it was God, who had blessed me. When I had first married, I married someone, who I should not have been with. And He was not a good influence. Out of respect to him, I will not say all that he did.
But, God showed himself to me, that I should have committed myself to him, to begin with. If I had, I would not have made some of the mistakes that I did.
Walking with God, is a process, but once you start, you realize you cannot stop. Nor would I want to. You see, all through my life, as I express my life experiences, here and there, God was always there. God always helped me. God always pulled me out of the fire. God always, protected me. Why? I don’t always know why. Maybe it is because God does have a plan. But I love him, so very, very much for it. I am indebted to God, for eternity. For because of his sons sacrifice, of going to the cross, for you and for me, I have a place in heaven. I have victory, on earth, and in heaven.
After many years, my husband who I am with, came into my life. And our relationship from the beginning was based on God. It was based in holiness, and the foundation is in pleasing God. Not in anything else but God. My marriage, is fruitful. Our son, has been raised also in the ways of the Lord. His life is fruitful as well.
Now, I won’t judge you. And we all walk in different shoes. But, I tell you in all honesty, because I know God, all these years, and He has been my foundation, to those who struggle with this, and knowing him, or even acknowledging you are a Christian, I feel sad and sorry for you. Because any one, who is ashamed to be called a Christian, is missing out. I don’t know how else to put it.
But I do hope you know God loves you anyway. Even if you are not acknowledging him. Or you are ashamed. He can change that, and give you a better relationship with him, if you show yourself, willing. We always, always have to remember that God is holy. That he is sovereign, that his ways are not our ways. When we see that, we cannot help but be humbled. I know his forgiveness, has caused me to see we all sin, we all come short of his glory.
But I am so glad I am committed, to love him, and serve him. I am not ashamed, of the gospel. To some it is foolishness, but to me, and to other Christians who know the difference, it is the grace of the cross, that has saved us. Someday, we will all stand before God. I do fear God. I pray, that what he will see and recall about me, will be for his glory. If I was ever ashamed. It would hurt me, to see that expressed in his face. Or to tell me why? Especially, because he has given me so much.
First of all, and I need to just say this. He has forgiven me. When He forgave me, I felt the cleansing, and the renewal. He has helped me, and guided me. He has provided for me. I don’t have a job. Even now. But my life is abundant. Sometimes I wonder why? But in retrospect, his promises from his word, are evident, because I believe in faith.
Yesterday, I wrote about training oneself. Well, that is what I try to do daily, is train myself, to know, and express, how good God is. To obey him, to love him, to keep his commandments. I see the evidence. And because of that, I so want to be a light, that expresses, God is good, God is merciful, and God, is my savior, and friend. I am not ashamed of being his child. And I pray, my life, will always express that. Boldly, and effective for his Kingdom. For I seek his Kingdom, and his righteousness. My goals, want to be his Goals. I desire to please the King of Kings. I want his heart always to beat in my life, so I can understand with compassion, and understanding like him. If I walk in my own ways, my heart is hard, I am misguided. There is no peace. I know the difference with him and without him. And I choose to be with God. So no one could ever argue with me that there is no God. I know, that I know, there is a God. One true living God, and his word has verified that, along with his personal touches he has brought to me, and my life.
So because of that, my goal is to please God. My savior. If he is happy with who I am, then that makes me happy. Sure I want friends, and people to like me. But, if it is dependent on them liking me, because I would have to try and please them, by not expressing my faith, then I dont need them, especially because I will never deny my faith.
Some people, do care what others think. But, I don’t care, who knows it. This is who I am. I don’t care if you think I am weird, or you need to be politically correct. Thats not me. I am so glad, I do not have to play those games.
God makes a way…..and I see it. I am not ashamed to be a Christian. Or ashamed He is in my life. I love God, and will serve him all my life. So the question is are you ashamed or do you know him and love him as well. And want to grow in expressing that?
Just keep at it, God will see and know. And you will know, because his presence is the sweetest gift, he could give.
Of all that he has done for me, I realize, his presence, his fellowship, is truly the greatest thing he has ever given me. It makes up for all I have missed out in life. And for what I have and do not have. It outweighs anything. And everything.
Knowing him, knowing God almighty, The king of Kings, and Lord of Lords, having his fellowship, and communication, is the greatest gift, I have ever received, and I am not ashamed of that. Thats what gives me the confidence to not be ashamed. To be bold for him. In any circumstance. Because of who He is, and in my life.
In conclusion: Let me just say this, think about where you are in expressing whether or not you are ashamed. Let us forgive ourselves, for past mistakes, because Christ forgives us, and let us, extend his light, in being bold, for his namesake. Remember we live in a very dark world, that needs to know Jesus Christ. To know, his love, and redemption. Remember when he told us, if we were ashamed of him, he would be ashamed of us? Let us make the difference now!
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Blessings, and just my thoughts, with love, Elena Ramirez
BLESS THE LORD, OH MY SOUL AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, BLESS HIS HOLY NAME. BLESS THE LORD OH MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS. WHO FORGIVES ALL THINE INIQUITIES, WHO HEALS ALL THY DISEASES. WHO REDEEMS THY LIFE FROM DESTRUCTION; WHO CROWNS THEE WITH LOVINGKINDNESS AND TENDER MERCIES. WHO SATISFIES THY MOUTH WITH GOOD THINGS, SO THAT THY YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLES. THE LORD EXECUTES RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT FOR ALL THAT ARE OPPRESSED. HE MADE KNOWN HIS WAYS UNTO MOSES, HIS ACTS UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISREAL. THE LORD IS MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER, AND PLENTEOUS IN MERCY. HE WILL NOT ALWAYS CHIDE, NEITHER WILL HE KEEP HIS ANGER FOREVER. HE HATH NOT DEALT WITH US AFTER OUR SINS; NOR REWARDED US ACCORDING TO OUR INIQUITIES. FOR AS THE HEAVEN IS HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH, SO GREAT IS HIS MERCY TOWARD THEM THAT FEAR HIM. AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HATH HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US. LIKE AS A FATHER PITIETH HIS CHILDREN, SO THE LORD PITYS THEM THAT FEAR HIM. FOR HE KNOWS OUR FRAME; HE REMEMBERS THAT WE ARE DUST. AS FOR MAN HIS DAYS ARE AS GRASS; AS A FLOWER OF THE FIELD, SO HE FLOURISHES. FOR THE WIND PASSES OVER IT, AND IT IS GONE; AND THE PLACE THEREOF SHALL KNOW IT NO MORE. BUT THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING UPON THEM THAT FEAR HIM, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO CHILDRENS CHILDREN. TO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT, AND TO THOSE THAT REMEMBER HIS COMMANDMENTS TO DO THEM. THE LORD HAS PREPARED HIS THRONE IN THE HEAVENS AND HIS KINGDOM RULES OVER ALL. BLESS THE LORD, YOU HIS ANGELS, THAT EXCEL IN STRENGTH, THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, HEARKENING UNTO THE VOICE OF HIS WORD. BLESS YE, THE LORD, ALL YE HIS HOSTS, YE MINISTERS OF HIS, THAT DO HIS PLEASURE. BLESS THE LORD, ALL HIS WORKS, IN ALL PLACES OF HIS DOMINION: BLESS THE LORD, OH MY SOUL. PSALMS 103
MY PRAYER OF HOPE….
LORD, I BLESS YOU, I LOVE YOU, I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, OR YOU. HELP US ALL TO GET THE POINT, WHERE WE ARE BOLD, AND STRONG BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE IN OUR LIVES. TO BE A LIGHT, IN THIS DARK WORLD, THAT DOES NOT KNOW JESUS CHRIST. HELP US LORD, HELP US. SO WE CAN SAY IT ALL TO YOU, AND YOUR GLORIOUS NAME. IN JESUS NAME. AMEN
So a few days ago, I wrote this….Well today, I am walking to my car, and I see this bumper sticker. So I check it out, when I come home. All I can say, is I am in awe of God. I am in awe of this sign from heaven…..I know God is God, and he wants us to acknowledge him to be stronger in our faith, to know, that we know, he is our Savior. So we can do great and mighty things in his name. Well All I can say is check out this web page. And if you are not ashamed as well, do your part. Blessings, Elena
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