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Walking Your Faith Devotionally

1 Corinthians 10:23 "You say, "I am allowed to do anything"–but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything". but not everything is beneficial." NLT

Friends in Christ,

People often think that Christianity is a list of do's and don'ts. While we should seek to walk in obedience to Christ, our salvation is not dependent on a list. Because we are saved by grace through faith, we have a freedom that the world does not understand. This freedom includes the right to make choices others may question and may include things the Bible does not directly speak about. Of course, even though we may have this freedom, we must ask ourselves...

Is what I'm about to do going to help build my faith?

Is it going to share my faith or the Good News with unbelievers?

Is it going to encourage people?

If the answer is "no" to all of these things, then it may be best to steer clear. Because of what Christ has done for us, we have freedom to make various decisions, but we also have the responsibility to make sure our choices are Christ centered. As Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians, "I'm allowed to do anything, but not everything is beneficial."

Walking your faith? Choose to spend time doing things that have a spiritual benefit. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for Jesus and that salvation is not by works, but by grace. Lord, I pray that You would help me to be mindful of the choices I make so that they are centered on You. I am thankful for the freedom I have in Christ and pray that I can use that freedom for the benefit of others and the Gospel. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith Devotionally

Daniel 6:3-4 "Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him." NKJV

Friends in Christ,

The government was in transition from Babylonian rule to the rule of the Medes and Persians. Daniel was in his mid-eighties, well acquainted with all the government affairs and filled with an excellent spirit from the Lord. This drew out a level of envy from his coworkers that caused Daniel to be set up and thrown into the lion's den.

Friends, it's difficult for the world to see the blessing of God's Spirit on our life and not retaliate against it. The Bible tells us all who live godly in Jesus Christ will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). When you excel in your work as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23), pray persistently and develop a deeper devotional life with the Lord It's important to know that the enemy often doesn't let that go unchallenged. The amazing thing is that the Lord utilizes those moments of difficulty for us to see and experience the joy and peace of Jesus Christ on a level we haven't seen before. As we see the Lord in those times He allows it to be a witness to those around us as well.

Daniel 6:26-27 "I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions." NKJV

Because of the excellent Spirit that was upon Daniel we don't see Daniel fret about the lion's den before him. What we see instead is God steadfast at work in him through his trial causing a great witness to the King. The Lord purposes to do the same thing in our lives when we face our difficulties in life. Whether it's in our marriage, our family, or our workplace that we find opposition, God intends for us to experience Him and His power in us as a witness to those around us.

Walking your faith? Our prison, problems, persecution, and performance is often the passport to our deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in our life. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank you that by Your Grace and by Your Spirit I can have Your power and goodness flow through me. I ask You to help me be found faithful in all I do. When opposition comes please grant me the grace to be at peace and rest in Your presence. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith Devotionally

John 4:4 "But He needed to go through Samaria." NKJV

Loved Ones in Christ, In John 4, we see our Lord travel through Samaria.This may not mean much to us, but in that time, the hatred between Jews and Samaritans was legendary. Despite the cultural issues around Him, Jesus continues His journey through Samaria because there was a 'need'. What could be so important that Jesus had to go through Samaria? Why would Jesus walk through hostile territory? Simple. There was a woman in Samaria who was burdened with sin and shame, and Jesus had the answer to her problem. Friends, this should be our hearts desire - to be like Jesus. We should be willing to face possible hardship in order to reach others with the Gospel and God's Living Water.

Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. NKJV

The action of sharing our faith is not an option for those who claim Jesus as Lord. We are commanded in Matthew 28 to 'GO' and there is no exception found in that verse. The ultimate goal of any believer is to deliver His Word, and as we do, we will see this world changed one soul at a time. Pray today that God would bring someone to you who you can share His Love with. It may seem like an overwhelming task, but as you step out in obedience, God will take you where you need to go to share with someone who needs to hear.

Walking your faith? Sharing your faith is not an option, it is a command. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God, Thank You for forgiveness and grace. Father, help me to not only admire Your Goodness, but to share it with a world in need. Grant me opportunities to share with my family, friends and others around me today. Grant me Your words and guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Think deeply... Live differently, 

Chaplain Thom.Stackhouse, OCM

Consider This... EVANGELISM

What needs to be conveyed to unbelievers in order that they might understand and embrace salvation?

Many of the modern trends in evangelism have tended to take a minimalist approach to the question. Unfortunately, the legitimate desire to express the heart of the gospel clearly has given way to a less wholesome endeavor. It is a campaign to distill the essentials of the message to the barest possible terms.

The glorious gospel of Christ—that which Paul called “the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16)—includes all the truth about Christ. But American evangelicalism tends to regard the gospel as a “plan of salvation.” We have reduced the message to a list of facts stated in the fewest possible words—and getting fewer all the time: “Six Steps to Peace with God”; “Five Things God Wants You to Know”; “Four Spiritual Laws”; “Three Truths You Can’t Live Without”; “Two Ways to Live”; or “One Way to Heaven.” (This is not a critique of these specific presentations, but is merely an observation that we seem eager to produce and use “plans of salvation” that enumerate and consolidate the gospel message.)

Another trend, equally dangerous, is to reduce evangelism to a memorized script. Often, evangelism training consists of having Christians memorize a series of questions, anticipating that each question will fall into one of a few categories that has a pre-planned response.

But the gospel is not a message that can be standardized, abridged, shrink-wrapped, and then offered as a generic remedy for every kind of sinner. Ignorant sinners need to be instructed about who God is and why He has the right to demand their obedience. Self-righteous sinners need to have their sin exposed by the demands of God’s law. Careless sinners need to be confronted with the reality of God’s impending judgment. Fearful sinners need to hear that God in His mercy has provided a way of deliverance. All sinners must understand how utterly holy God is. They must comprehend the basic truths of Christ’s sacrificial death and the triumph of His resurrection. They need to be confronted with God’s demand that they turn from their sin to embrace Christ as Lord and Savior.

Furthermore, in all the instances where Jesus and the apostles evangelized - whether they were ministering to individuals or crowds—there are no two incidents where they presented the message in precisely the same terminology. They knew that salvation is a sovereign work of God. Their role was to preach truth; the Holy Spirit would apply it individually to the hearts of His elect. (Isaiah 55:11)

The form of the message will vary in each case. But the content must always drive home the reality of God’s holiness and the sinner’s helpless condition. Then it points sinners to Christ as a sovereign but merciful Lord who has purchased full atonement for all who will turn to Him in faith.

Christians today are often cautioned about the danger of saying too much to the lost; even offering empty promises "on behalf of God". Certain spiritual issues are labeled taboo when speaking to the unconverted: God’s law, Christ’s lordship, repentance, surrender, obedience, judgment, and hell. Such things are not to be mentioned, lest we “add something to the offer of God’s free gift.”

Worse still, there are some who take this reductionist evangelism to its furthest extreme. Wrongly applying the Reformed doctrine of sola fide (faith alone), they make faith the only permissible topic when speaking to non-Christians about their duty before God. Then they render faith utterly meaningless by stripping it of everything but its notional aspects. This, some believe, preserves the purity of the gospel. But what it has actually done is undercut the power of the message of salvation.

It has also populated the church with false converts whose faith is counterfeit and whose hope hangs on a bogus promise. Numbly saying they “accept Christ as Savior,” they brazenly reject His rightful claim as Lord. Paying Him glib lip service, they utterly scorn Him with their hearts (Mark 7:6). Casually affirming Him with their mouths, they deliberately deny Him with their deeds (Titus 1:16). Addressing Him superficially as “Lord, Lord,” they stubbornly decline to do His bidding (Luke 6:46). Such people fit the tragic description of the “many” in Matthew 7:22-23 who will one day be stunned to hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Sad words to hear for those who, heretofore, considered themselves "SAVED" without a doubt.