Christianity 201

September 16, 2011

Standing Up For Your Faith

I Kings 18:21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Sometimes the process by which an item appears here is amazing, especially when you’re the one composing the daily study/devotional!  Derrick Boyd left a comment at T.O.L. this morning and included a link to his blog, Encouraging Thoughts For Life, where this item appeared a few weeks ago under the title Stand for What Is Right.

In this day and time it seems harder and harder to find people that are truly devoted to God. Now many people will jump on the bandwagon of saying that they believe in God, but there is nothing in their life to give supporting evidence.

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” James 2:26 “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

Some of the people you ask will say that it does not matter if you believe or not. It just matters that you are a good person. Some that we come in to contact with have a hatred for anything to do with God. It seems like they are always willing to pick a fight. Then, you have the many different religions in the world that all teach different things. So, which is right? Are we willing to stand up for what we believe against all odds? How strong is our faith in the fact that God is there and that He will do all that He has promised us? We need to be willing to stand alone on what we believe. No matter what people may say to us, do to us, or think of us.

A perfect example of this is Elijah of the old testament. In 1 Kings chapter 18 we see that Elijah was willing to stand alone on the promises of God against 450 other men who believed in Baal. He offered a test to prove who the real God was. Many of us have heard the story, and I encourage you all to go and read it again. Because the message is so clear. Elijah did not go to prove who he was, but who God was. He was willing to stand alone on what he believed. And God answered his prayer. Are we standing in the face of adversity?

Are we prepared to defend the Gospel, even if no one else is there to support us? Or do we tuck it in and wait for someone to go with us?

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

If we are truly His, we will witness. We will defend the Gospel. We will stand up for what is right, whether we are with others who share our belief, or we are alone.

~Derrick Boyd

3 Comments »

  1. That story about Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal is one of my favorites. The main reason I like it so much is the reckless confidence that Elijah displayed. He made it completely impossible for a fire to start on the altar he built. It was absolutely soaking wet. And yet God burned it all up! The really neat thing is that Elijah wasn’t trying to prove anything about himself, like you said. He wanted the people to know that the Lord was God and that He would turn their hearts back. And I think that right there must be our motive when we take a stand for Christ and His gospel. We aren’t about being right and proving others wrong. We are about trying to see God turn people’s hearts back to Him.

    Comment by transientglory — September 16, 2011 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  2. “If we are truly His, we WILL witness” – yes, we will witness for Him by our attitudes, words and actions. We will seize every opportunity and use it in His power, depending on His enabling.
    It is also true to say that regardless of our intention, we DO witness at all times to those who know we profess a relationship with the living Christ. They judge Christ by everything we do and say, so our actions become either a stepping stone to faith in Christ or a stumbling block. Sobering thought.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — September 20, 2011 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  3. I am greatly honored that you have included my devotion on this site. Thank you for helping me to spread what God has laid on my heart to tell. God Bless you all!

    Comment by Derrick Boyd — March 20, 2012 @ 11:14 am | Reply


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