MONDAY MANNA "Why Should I Fear?"

Psalm 119:45-46
"I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings,
and will not be ashamed."

This verse makes me think of Queen Esther.
She faced the king to identify with God's people.

I am grateful to God for America. I don't fear the "king" or those in authority to speak of my faith, but there are many in this world who have reason to fear. To claim the name of Christian is to invite persecution and perhaps death.

Yet...I admit that I often shy away from speaking about my Lord. Maybe it's because I fear being ridiculed or labeled as "strange." Maybe I fear losing a friendship or instigating a debate.

God has promised to always be with us. He only asks us to be a willing tool in his hand. He will give us strength and the words. Why should I fear?

Philippians 1:20
"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death."

Lord, give me the boldness to speak of You. Let me forget myself and see others through Your eyes. Let my words be Yours. Let my actions be Yours. Let others see only You in me. Amen

For more thoughts on this verse,

go to Joanne's Open Book .


Joanne Sher said...

I'm the same way, Vonnie. Thanks for participating, my friend.

Catrina Bradley... said...

Esther is definitely one of my role models. Talk about bold for the lord! Thank you, Vonnie, for being transparent. I needed to know I wasn't the only one.

Bless You

Elizabeth said...

I'd appreciate some prayer in that area too. I have some Jewish friends that are very closed off to the Gospel and I have a hard time witnessing to them, as well as my employers. Thanks for the post!


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