September 18, 2011

If The Good News Is So Good, Why Are We Ashamed To Share It–Just Asking?

Honestly, how can we possibly encourage others unless we are telling them “Good News”?

Isn’t this what Christ came to do – give people without a hope of good news, good new and a reason for them to have hope again?

It has been requested of us, by God, through Christ to finish what was started before anything ever was that we know of in existence. Knowing that His ways are higher than our ways, that means even the most intelligent of us, we must find ways to keep each other encouraged even on our worst day. At least that is what I consider of importance. Hebrews 10 gives us some of the best news we could ever hope to hear:

Brothers and sisters, because of the blood of Jesus we can now confidently go into the holy place. Jesus has opened a new and living way for us to go through the curtain. (The curtain is his own body.) We have a superior priest in charge of God’s house. We have been sprinkled \with his blood/ to free us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clean water. So we must continue to come/ to Him\ with a sincere heart and strong faith. We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful.

We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

If we go on sinning after we have learned the truth, no sacrifice can take away our sins. All that is left is a terrifying wait for judgment and a raging fire that will consume God’s enemies. If two or three witnesses accused someone of rejecting Moses’ Teachings, that person was shown no mercy as he was executed. What do you think a person who shows no respect for the Son of God deserves? That person looks at the blood of the promise (the blood that made him holy) as no different from other people’s blood, and he insults the Spirit that God gave us out of his kindness. He deserves a much worse punishment. We know the God who said:

“I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back.”

God also said:

“The Lord will judge his people.”

Falling into the hands of the living God is a terrifying thing. Remember the past when you first learned the truth. You endured a lot of hardship and pain. At times you were publicly insulted and mistreated. At times you associated with people who were treated this way. You suffered with prisoners. You were cheerful even though your possessions were stolen, since you know that you have a better and more permanent possession.

Sp don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised:

“Yet, the one who is coming will come soon. He will not delay. The person who has God’s approval will live because of faith. But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.”

We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.

Today think about these things in reflection of the verses above:

Lot’s wife (Genesis 19) who was turned to a pillar of salt because she turned back.

You are salt for the earth; but if salt loses its taste, how will it be made salty again? (Matt 5)

(Matt 17) He told them, “Because you have so little faith”. I can guarantee you this truth: IF your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move – Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I pray for each of us, where we hold onto any unbelief that we be healed through the faith that God completes all things. Where we are weak He is strong – leaving nothing incomplete – so your faith which is the size of a mustard seed is as large as Christ walking on water……through Him. Just Believe and leave the rest in His righteous hands!