Today’s Daily Nation has an interesting guest column on the recent hot topic of fornication. I couldn’t help but to share this article with you. The writer could not have done a better job.
The man that Jesus healed begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus
sent the man away, saying, “Go back home and tell people what
God did for you.” So the man went all over town telling what
Jesus had done for him.
— Luke 8:38-39 (ERV)
Unlike so many others to whom Jesus gives the opposite instruction,
Jesus commands this man to go tell what has happened in his life. Why?
Probably because this man wasn’t Jewish and the people in his family
didn’t have expectations of the Messiah. We can’t be sure. But we can
be sure of this: Jesus has asked us to tell others what he has done to
bless us. So let’s take him seriously. Sit down and write out a page of
what all Jesus has done to bless your life. Then rehearse it enough to
be able to share it with others when God gives you the chance. Then,
begin to pray for God to open your eyes to the people around you who
are waiting to hear this good news!
Father, open my eyes to the people around me who are aching to receive
the good news of your grace in Jesus. Please give me the words and the
wisdom to share Jesus in a loving way. In his name I pray. Amen.
Here is a word for you from the Word
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. NIV
That’s the testimony of personal experience. It’s not theory, it’s not theology, it’s not even just a creed. It’s the testimony of a man who was in a terribly difficult and dangerous situation. He turned to the Lord, he sought the Lord in prayer and his testimony is, “The Lord answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
Are you oppressed with fear? I suppose the majority of people in our contemporary culture have some kind of fear that gnaws at them, that takes away their peace. Why not try David’s remedy? Why not seek the Lord, pray to Him, and ask Him to deliver you from all your fears?
Then David goes on to say, “Those who look to Him [the Lord] are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame.” There’s a deep principle there—that whether we look to the light or the dark we will reflect what we are looking at. If we look to the darkness we’ll be somber and dark but if we look upwards to the Lord, who is the light, our faces will become radiant with the Lord’s light. And the Scripture says, “We’ll never be ashamed, we’ll never be disappointed; the Lord will never let us down.”
Why don’t you try that? Why don’t you call to the Lord, ask Him to deliver you and look to Him so that your face may be radiant? – Derek Prince
How can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
— Romans 10:15
How beautiful are your feet? People with beautiful feet are
either “sending folks” or they are “going folks” who share the good
news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Which are you? If we’re not one
of those two options, we’re Christians with ugly feet. Now would
anybody want that to be said of him or her? So let’s make a
partnership agreement with other believers by either going and
asking for their support and help, or by helping and supporting
others while they are going!
Almighty God of the nations, I know it pains your heart to see
so many people in our world today that do not even know the name of
your Son, much less trust in him as their Lord. Through your Holy
Spirit, stir in us the desire to have beautiful feet just like our
brothers and sisters had in those early chapters of the book of
Acts. May the Gospel spread in our day as it did in theirs! In
Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.