Us Christians have all read the Bible. We have all read about Satan (the devil). We know he is the master deceiver – the ultimate liar. Setting pride aside as I am tonight as a Christian, I really feel that most Christians can attest to the fact that Satan has them bound in some way. It could be in the area of the BIG three – drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Or it could it in a multitude of other things
- Crafts like knitting, crocheting, etc
- Computer games
- The list could probably be endless
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Our country is getting worse and worse and our churches and our Christian community (whether Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc) as a whole needs revival in a BIG way. I can’t help but think about the words of Christ right before he ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God…..
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of theHoly Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Now as I write this post, I’ll talking to myself, but I believe I’m just one of millions of Christians who are bound by the things of this world and not sharing Christ with others and making disciples and then we sit back and wonder why our world is getting worse and worse. Some of us are bound up with some type of sin or another that keeps us ineffective. Others are just bound up in the everyday task of living in this world. If you’re like most Christians, you pray every day, you read your Bible and devotions every day, you go to church at least once a week, and maybe attend a Bible study once a week.
But when was the last time you tried to witness to someone about Christ with words and not in just the way you live your life. I find that most Christians are afraid to share their faith with other people – both acquaintances they know or strangers. I’m one of them. I was bolder in witnessing to others when I was in my teenage years, but somewhere along life’s journey, I became afraid. Why? God’s Word tells me that I don’t need to be afraid, that he will give me the words to speak. But yet I remain afraid. The sad part of that is that in today’s world, at least in the United States, I don’t really have anything to be afraid of. No one is going to throw me in prison, or feed me to the lions, or cut my head off. Maybe I’ll get ridiculed, rejected, or made fun of, but nothing that will hurt me physically.
Like me, I hope you’ll start praying for yourself. I pray that God will free me from the addictions that bind me and transform me into a loving, Godly person who has a real burden for all the people around me that are lost and would go to Hell if they died today. I pray that once I have that burden, that God will fill me with the power of His Holy Spirit like the disciples on the day of Pentecost to boldly share Christ and what He did on the Cross to people He leads me to share Him with.
Pray with me today! If all of us Christians would seriously pray for that transformation and get to making more and more disciples for Christ, we could really see a revival begin in the United States.
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