“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
I know that this verse is talking about the gospel of Christ and telling people about Christ. The idea and message of this verse have encouraged me the last few days about what I am trying to accomplish with my blog. My goal with my blog is to inspire and encourage people. I want to be a blessing to someone even if it is through the written word of a blog.
Paul wasn’t ashamed to present and preach the Gospel. He wasn’t ashamed of the people he was sent to preach the Gospel to. Paul had the courage to stand up and preach the message of salvation loud and clear to all that would hear because he knew it was the power of God unto salvation.
When it comes to promoting my blog, I feel awkward and sometimes ashamed. I have asked myself this week, what am I ashamed of? My posts are meant to help others. I have the truth and I am sharing it. I have nothing to be ashamed of.
I should never be ashamed to preach the truth!
I should never be ashamed to promote the truth!
I should never be ashamed to publish the truth!
We live in a day and age where lies and trash are promoted and pushed by the wicked crowd. We are bombarded with wickedness on a daily basis! It is about time that we have more Christians stand up and proclaim the message loud and clear that Jesus is the only way to Heaven! That Jesus is the Healer and Helper for all problems! That Jesus is the answer!
Be a Christian who says, “I am not ashamed!”
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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he is with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18
A gift is something given to someone by someone else that doesn’t require any form of payment by the person receiving the gift.
We all like receiving gifts. Most of us like giving gifts. God blesses giving people. We should all try to have a giving heart and just help those around us.
No matter what we give to others, God has still given mankind the greatest gift ever.
“Every good gift…is from above…” We can take a look around us and look at all the things that God has blessed us with. In my own life, I have a wife that God has blessed me with. Our two little girls are gifts from the Father. Our house, our car, our clothes, our food, our needs supplied, those are all good gifts from the Father. Without God, I would have nothing because I truly believed He has given me everything. God is the giver of every good gift. Those good gifts, He gives you and I are those blessings in our daily lives. They are the needs that He fulfills on a daily basis. The good gifts from above are the peace He gives us in the storms of life. They are the comfort He gives in the hard times. Those gifts are the joy and happiness we have from Him. Look around at all the good gifts He has given you and just be thankful!
“Every perfect gift…cometh down from the Father of lights…” I found the phrasing of this verse interesting, there are good gifts and there are perfect gifts. I believe that God has given us two perfect gifts.
- The gift of salvation – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 God gave His only Son for our sin. He gave His perfect Son. Jesus Christ was the first perfect gift to mankind. Without the perfection of Jesus Christ, we would be lost, on our way to Hell. Thank God for His perfect Son as He gave us salvation!
- The gift of the Word of God – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalms 19:7 God gave us His perfect word in the King James Bible. He gave us His perfect word so that we could live a blessed life. Don’t take for granted the only physical perfect gift that God gave us.
Take a moment today to thank God for all the gifts that He has given us, including salvation and the Word of God.
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“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
God’s gift of eternal life is the greatest gift in all the world. There is nothing else that compares to it. The blessing and joy that comes from knowing the Lord as your personal Saviour is unmatched by anything else.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Jesus Christ came down to earth in the form of a human. He lived a sinless, perfect life. He was taken and beaten. He was crucified. He shed all His blood. He was buried. He rose again on that third day. He ascended back into Heaven and is sitting on the right hand of the Father. All that is God’s gift to you and I. Everything Jesus went through was so that you and I can have eternal life in Heaven with Him.
God’s gift of eternal life, God’s gift of salvation is for anyone. It isn’t just for people of a certain culture, race, or background. God’s gift doesn’t rely on your social standing or how much money you have in your bank account. His gift doesn’t have a limited number of entries. God’s gift is for everyone!
So what do we need to with God’s gift? There are really only two things we can and should do with…
- GET IT – If you haven’t gotten God’s gift yet, you need to get it. There is no greater thing than knowing for sure that you are going to Heaven. Getting God’s gift is simple. It doesn’t require church attendance or baptism. Good deeds won’t grant you access to God’s gift. You can get God’s gift by just taking it and accepting Christ as your Saviour. “For whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
- GIVE IT – If you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, than the only thing that is let for you to do with God’s gift is to give it! We are commanded to go into all the world and preach the Gospel! Don’t be stingy with what God has blessed you with, give it out! Tell others about Jesus Christ! Tell others about God’s gift!
If you haven’t accepted Christ as Saviour, then today is your chance!
If you have accepted Christ as Saviour, then today is your chance to tell others about Christ!