030505 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Hebrews 10:35-36 (New American Standard Bible)Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
When we attempt to compartmentalize our faith and the expression of that faith in the public arena we are literally setting our spiritual lives adrift in a very polluted sea of conflicting ideas. With out the guidance of the Holy Spirit we lose all sight of what God has said constitutes righteousness, and the pioneer of our faith, that is Jesus.
If you do not want the world to know that you are a Christian then you should plan now for the “second death” promised in Revelation 2, 20, 21. When our cowardice shows most plainly is in the moment when, just as Peter in the outer court of the priests (Matthew 26, Mark 14, John 18). It is at that moment when we are suddenly reminded of Jesus’ patient and forgiving love, we find ourselves convicted and ashamed to the point of tears for our sin of omission and our denial.
Help us, Lord Jesus. Grant us courage.