Let Your Light Shine
By K Loos
According to Merriam-Webster Incorporated, the definition of courage is “the mental or moral strength to persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Furthermore, they say, “courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.”
Over the last twelve months or so, there has been a movement in The Church toward unity and oneness in Christ Jesus. The Good Friday service at the First Niagara Center, Rock the Lakes, as well as the countless other prayer and worship initiatives that have been taking place across WNY and Southern Ontario, serve as testimony to the call of unity God has placed on our hearts.
I believe a new wave is now gaining momentum. As God awakens and gathers His children as One, He is placing within our hearts a passion for His Spirit of boldness and courageousness. What a mighty work God can do when we are one and great in number!
While many of you may already be aware of the threat to our rights and freedoms as Christian Americans and Canadians, some of you may not. As a stay at home mother and homeschooler, one way I have found to stay up to date on current political issues is through various newsletters that I receive right to my email inbox. These include, SavingOurFuture.com, KirkCameron.com, HSLDA.org.
Choosing to be ignorant of the possible threats to our rights as Christians, and as Christian parents is to allow complacency and passivity to manifest in our lives. The slow ebb of removing Christ from our courtrooms and schools has now progressed to greater government control and less freedom to worship, pray and raise our children as we feel lead by the Lord to do. And why is it just Christians? The public sector is quick to make exceptions and proclamations of tolerance towards various other religions, but why not toward Christianity, especially since we are still the majority in both of our nations?
I confess in the past I use to fall victim to the deceitful lies of the evil one- “Be Quiet,” he would say, “Or you will sound like a hater.” Or how about this line: “If you tell them the truth, you won’t be showing God’s love to them”. How deceived I have been!!! Forgive me Lord!
The Bible clearly states, “ …if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
According to the definition earlier noted, to be courageous means having “firmness of mind.” It is time to get back to the Word of God and receive it as the God-breathed, black and white, infallible Word of Truth. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth…” John 14:15-17a. We are either for God or against Him. We either receive His Word as Truth or we reject God. The major social issues of our time are black and white to God. Jesus said, “I know you works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16
To be passionate and bold for Christ means to first have the foundation of His Word of Truth in your life. To be double-minded is to be unsteady as a Christian. We must put on the full armor of God in order to be equipped to spread the gospel and overcome the wiles of the enemy. Once we allow the Spirit of God to empower us and clothe us in His armor only then do we have the foundational courage we need to stand in the face of opposition.
My husband and I recently watched the Christian film, Last Ounce of Courage. As I reflected on the film, I sensed the Holy Spirit posing me the question: “Would you be willing to go to jail or to die for Christ? Would you be willing to lose you life for the sake of His Name?” To be honest this prompted me to my knees in forgiveness- How I can get so wrapped up in just living life and not living for My King!
You know, in 2 Chronicles 20, God displayed His Almighty power by defeating the Moabite and Ammonite armies right before King Jehoshaphat’s eyes, after the king prayed earnestly for God’s hand of deliverance. 2 Chronicles 20:14-17 reads:
“Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel…He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
And sure enough, God kept His promise as He always has and always will.
It is time to take up our positions. God has called each and every one of us to a specific place and position in this moment of time. Take up you position with boldness and courage and ask the Lord to show you day by day, and moment by moment how your actions and words can lift up the loving and precious Name of Jesus to a world in need of Him, the only True Savior.
Revelation 12:10-11: “… ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who has accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Ask God to reveal opportunities to share your testimony of His great love and faithfulness with others this week. If we don’t speak about His Name, who will? Though some may try to intimidate us, we have the right and privilege of confessing our faith. Regardless of the potential outcome, the only One we have to fear is God alone. “If our God is for us, then who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all of the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:1-5
Hide it under a bushel?!?! No! With the grace, strength and love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit within me, I’m gonna let it shine!!!!!!!!!!!