DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF THE NAME!
Today, in many countries including the USA, (land of the free) are being mocked, chastised, demoted and even gang stalked for simply believing in The Name which is above every name; The Name of Jesus Christ.
However, as the below Scriptures indicate, those that are ashamed of The Lord in this adulterous and sinful generation will be ignored when the Lord comes back. Only the brave and courageous will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Rev. 21:8, “But cowardly, unfaithful, and detestable people, murderers, sexual sinners, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
In short, if we are so afraid of what people think that we would deny Christ; we are not worthy to to enter into eternal heaven where we will be with Him forever. The Lord only wants those who choose Him over everything else.
The Bible tells us that if we are still trying to please people; we cannot be a true servant of The Lord Jesus Christ.
We should not try to force people to receive The Lord because they may not be ready or interested in changing their lives. There are those who are content to stay as they are at present.
They have no desire to meet The almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ. Hopefully, there will be a time when they will understand that in Him all fulness dwells.
Many times, people will not cry out to Jesus Christ until their lives are in jeopardy, disarray, or they are in serious trouble. However, He is there standing at the door of your heart every moment of the day.
Mark 3:38, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of Him, when He cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
We also need to follow Jesus in denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Him.
What does that mean? It tells us in verse 24, it means that we are to lay down our lives for Him and The Word of God.
The Lord says that this sacrifice is our reasonable service unto Him. Our Father God, and His Son, Jesus Christ laid down everything they had for our salvation, our healing, our eternity with Him, and for our blessings from Him which are from infinity to infinity.
The Lord would not ask us to do what He did not already do for us. Because He overcame the world, now we can overcome the world through Him.
He would have done everything He did for us, even if we were the only one. That is how much He loves even one human being, and He does not want anyone to perish in hell.
However, he gives each individual a total free will to choose which way they want to go. He never will force a person to go with Him.
Why? Because He does not want puppets or automatons; He wants those who love Him with all of their hearts.
Luke 9:23, “And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words, of him shall the Son of man be
ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Kingdom of God.”
There is nothing that you could give that would out give God for us. If we try and save our lives for our own selfish desires; we will lose our lives for the Kingdom of God.
One of our beloved missionaries to Ecuador said it like this, “He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”. It is a win/win situation with Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:16 “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. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Our walk is a walk of faith in our Lord and our God totally. The just shall live by faith in the Son of God, because they know Him, they believe in Him, they trust Him implicitly, and they love Him with all of their hearts.
The Word of God read and heard daily is what keeps our faith alive. Our faith will grow the more we study and hear The Word of God.
Faith is what is needed to change our world. Faith is what is needed to remove our mountains, and faith is what is needed to triumph in this life.
Do not be ashamed of the Name, but instead put your total faith in the Name of our Lord, Savior and coming King of kings, Jesus Christ. Amen and amen.
Peggy Kannaday, B.A., M.Ed., Peggy has been the Managing Editor for “Church Growth International” since 1991. This is the English outreach of the Yoido Full Gospel Church which is headquartered in Seoul, Korea.
The founder and chairman of The Board is Yonggi Cho, who is also the Sr. Pastor Emeritus of The Yoido Full Gospel Church, which started in an old Marine tent with 5 members in 1958.