When facing the enemy, we must be strong in our faith!

August 26, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
(Luke 10:2-3 (NIV))

Like lambs among wolves!

With what is going on in the world today, do you, as a professing follower of Jesus, feel like a lamb among wolves? Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells when it comes to letting people know that you are a Christian?

We, as the Body of Christ, must be bold. We must be prepared, willing and able to take a stand for Jesus and to share our faith with those around us no matter what the consequences may be. Are you willing to stand up before an unfrienddly crowd and speak the truth of the Gospel? Are you willing to face ridicule and hardship for your faith in Jesus?

Think about that last question.

What type of faith would you have if you are not willing? Would this indicate that you either love this life more than you love Jesus, or that you don’t truly believe what you profess to believe?

I realize that human nature is self preserving, but if we call upon Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, then we need to be ready to defend that claim. We need to be ready to face the enemy knowing that Jesus is with us.

We, as the Body of Christ, have much to do to let the world know that a harvest is coming. We are, and will face continuing troubles, but we must not lose focus. We must not lose our hope, for when we lose our hope, faith soon follows.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))

When facing the enemy, we must be strong in our faith!

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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How are you working in your part of the harvest?

October 28, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
(Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV))

Are you willing to be a worker in God’s harvest field?

Have you ever simply stopped to think about what that means?

Each member of the Body of Christ has a ministry that is theirs alone. We are all placed in our circumstances so that we may reach out to those around us and share the Good News. We are to be workers for the harvest where we are. We don’t need to go half way around the world to be in ministry. We don’t need to have a well known name and the backing of financial supporters. Think about that. Did Jesus have the financial backing of a group of supporters or did He just listen to God?

I often wonder what God thinks of the way that we perform our ministries. Does He sit there and shake His head and think that we just don’t get it? Does Jesus say to himself, “That is not how I showed you and what I taught you!”

I have another question for you.

We have all seen people who believe that they need to shout if they are talking about God. What is your reaction to these type of people? Is there anything written down that tells us Jesus shouted at those who came to see Him? He talked to them out of love. Why do we think that we have to shout to convince someone of the salvation that is freely given through Jesus and the cross?

This type of action just drives people away!

Did Jesus drive people away or did they flock to Him?

We must use Jesus as the model for our ministries. We must be a willing worker for the harvest. We don’t need to cause people to turn and flee because of our actions.

How are you working in your part of the harvest?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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