Friday, June 25, 2010

Daily devotional: Not ashamed to join into suffering for the Good News about Jesus

Scripture
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
2 Timothy 1:7-9a NIV

Observation
God has not given us a spirit of weakness and timidity but of power, boldness, love, and self-discipline! We have been granted salvation from death and have been called to a holy life. It is not a time to quietly live in safety only surrounded by those who believe in Jesus; rather, it is a time to testify about our Lord even as it results in suffering for the gospel.

Application
Live out my faith boldly and testify about Jesus to others. Pray that they may hear, understand, and receive Jesus. Live and act in power, love, and self-discipline, not timid or ashamed to share the good news of Jesus Christ, the message of His cross and resurrection that is the salvation of the world!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for this new day which you have again provided for me. I pray that you would fill me to overflowing with Your Spirit, that You would live and love and lead, both in me and through me. Help me to share You with anyone and everyone that will listen. Please prepare people's hearts and speak through me when each opportunity comes along. Help me to be intentional and bold, not timid or ashamed. May I make use of every opportunity and live diligently for You! I love you!

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