8/31/16: Living Out Loud
Sometimes living this Christian life makes it seem like it’s us against them. Laws are passed that contradict the Word of God. Court decisions condemn the innocent and let the guilty go free. Christian values of honesty, integrity, faithfulness, justice, brotherhood, and forgiveness are laughed at and scorned. Speaking out in favor of Christ gets college students ridiculed, employees sent to sensitivity training, and bosses fired and sued for discrimination. All this backlash and all we’re trying to do is be a witness for Christ.
Well, we’re in good company and God is not surprised. In Matthew 5:11-12, Jesus says, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (NKJ).
Expect conflict. We should be worried if no one is opposing how we live and talk. If that’s the case, perhaps we are not living out loud as believers, thus making us no threat to the kingdom of darkness. But as long as we are living for Christ, we will face antagonism. That’s actually a good sign because that means others see the Lord in our lives.
Psalm 96, verses 1 and 6 say, “The Lord reigns… and all the peoples see His glory.” God’s glory shines through us as we say like Job said, “…till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go…” Job 27:5-6 (NKJ). The next time we’re feeling like it’s us against them, let’s remember to rejoice because “they” are seeing the glory of the Lord shining through us. The Lord reigns, and yes, they see it.
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Mission Trip Update! 40 days to go! The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the nightly crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Unless I receive a huge influx of donations in the next few days (by the end of August), I unfortunately won’t be able to take any books for the women and children. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations. I still need $1,800.00 for the hotels, food, visas, and some spending money. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Thank you in advance! Click this link: to go to the full request. You can give three ways:
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- Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network:
- Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
- A View from the Upper Room
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- Boomerangs to Arrows: A Godly Guide for Launching Young Adult Children available from Judson Press (http://www.judsonpress.com/product.cfm?product_id=17387),
Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk
- Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame from New Hope Publishers (http://www.newhopedigital.com/2010/08/power-suit/)
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