Hello Friends, you know it takes courage to stand for the truth of God. Would the people who know you best consider you to be courageous or cowardly? Do you know that your behavior reflects your values? Do you forget God’s values if you want to impress your boss, a friend, or want to make a name for yourself? Many people are too wrapped up in seeking the spotlight than in truly serving and loving others – which is the heart of Christ.
Unfortunately people don’t have the courage to tell the truth, so they lie. Peter lied when he failed to acknowledge knowing Christ. There are also those who don’t know the word and fall into trouble because they lack the wisdom that God’s instruction brings. This is no one’s fault but their own. God’s word is pretty clear (and descriptive) about those who lack discretion. He describes them as looking like this: Prov. 11:22
Friends, anyone can go with the flow. The excuse “everyone does it” might work with your boss or spouse, but it won’t when you stand before the Lord. Being a believer means taking a stand against sin and for God’s truth.
In America, we don’t face famine, drought or massive armies that were seen in Biblical times (or presently in other parts of the world) – however we do face unseen evils (spiritual warfare, pride, posturing, selfishness, hedonism) that is very present and real. This is why it’s so important for every believer to daily be in the word and to be fully equipped with the armor of God.
We always have hope knowing that our heavenly father knows the cry of our heart. He knows the inner sanctuary of our thoughts, those parts in our heart that are hidden so deep that yearn to be acknowledged, accepted and loved. Being a believer can often feel like we’re facing a battle – which is why it’s so important to get up and put on the whole armor of God.
Here are a few small steps to begin the day with:
- Every morning, spend time with God in prayer and in His word
- Less me, more we
- Be known to be a person of your word
- Be honest, loyal and trustworthy
- **Speak the truth with love.
- Keep your commitments
- Take the initiative to communicate – don’t leave it up to the other person – go to them
- Be kind, courteous, and civil
- Treat others with respect – you reap what you sow!
- Have a sense of humor – God does, after all, He made you 😉
- Lastly, nurture the relationships that God has blessed you with. (quality vs. quantity)
**When communicating, the Bible says to speak the truth in love. Research shows that the ratio is 5 “love” statements to every 1 truth. This is why we need to have relationship with one another.
There is also the issue of silence. Do you stand by and remain silent when you witness blatant sin? Do you stand up for the oppressed? When a co-worker is being bullied, intimidated or teased?
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke
Our time on this earth is short, and every day you make choices. Whether you know it or not, your behavior reflects your values. When you stand before the Lord, will you be known for being a passive spectator whose silence indicated that you agreed with the injustice, deceit, hypocrisy and intimidation of others? Or will you use your voice and stand with courage to support Biblical principles, the sanctity of life, and Christian values in all aspects of living?
It takes courage, backbone and grit to go against the flow, and we know that with God, all things are possible. It’s been done before, and it happens daily in the untold stories of believers living for Him.
One Shepard boy. One Giant. One stone. Courage.
With God, ALL things are possible.
Dr. Christy 🙂