Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Our thought for today: “You have a responsibility to stand your ground”
It’s amazing to me how many verses and passages in the Bible urge the people of God to push past their fears and to take a stand for righteousness. From the earliest chapters of the Old Testament to the last chapters of the New Testament we find examples of great men and women of God who were faced with challenging and even threatening situations, and who had to find the courage to push past their fears and do the right thing.
The lesson we learn from all of their examples is the one Paul was teaching to young Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, that our God gives us the courage, the fortitude, and the determination to deal with such situations.
The most common form of intimidation the average Christian is faced with in our society today is the pressure to remain silent about your faith and about Biblical principles. We live in a culture that is becoming increasingly intolerant of Christian thought and speech. Virtually every other point of view (even the most perverse ones) are tolerated and celebrated, but Christianity is mocked, shouted down, and ridiculed. (Colin Kaepernick is hailed as a courageous hero for kneeling in protest, while Tim Tebow was scorned as a narrow-minded religious bigot for kneeling in prayer).
The primary reason I wrote my new book “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict” was to help Christians to be prepared to speak-up for Biblical principles regarding sexual ethics. The thirty-four short and easy-to-read essays in the book provide the reader with simple and accurate teaching from the Bible, as well as good answers to difficult questions about sexual issues, along with strategies for boldly and confidently taking a stand for righteousness in a kind and respectful way. You can visit my website at www.JimMersereauBooks.com to read excerpts from the book and to place orders.
In many different ways God equips us to take a stand for Him and to do so with boldness and confidence. You have a responsibility to stand your ground, and God will help you to do it.