It's so easy to live in this world with a spirit of timidity and fear. The name of Jesus has become forbidden, controversial, and quick-to-hide. To say His Name is risky. But to proclaim the name of Jesus in the way that we live...can lead to problems.
Problems that Jesus was all too familiar with.
And problems that must be worth the risk in order to pursue our Righteous King.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24
Following Jesus means risk. It means sacrificing everything, even our acceptance by this world. It means denying ourselves and living for Him.
It means standing up in faith.
We are called out to step out in faith and spread His love to the world. We are called to stand up for Him, no matter the cost. Even when the world considers us strange, even when we are told we must hide our faith, we must not let the light go dim. God is not dead, but is alive and active, moving in our lives and across this nation and world. Hardened hearts and spiritually-closed eyes are all around us, but with the power of our God, I believe that a movement for Him is not impossible.
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That means taking the giant leaps, despite not knowing where we'll land, but trusting that He'll be there to catch us when we fall.
Let's stand up in faith and proclaim His Name, no matter the cost. Let's do what's right, even when the world tells us to do wrong. Let's pray and act in accordance with our faith, stirring a movement in this nation for Jesus Christ.
I don't know about you, but this light in my heart is too big for me to hide. Let's proclaim the Name of Jesus in all that we do.
Let's start a movement!