Friday, September 25, 2015

What We Proclaim is Not Ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:1-6‬ ‭ESV)

Doing a bible study with my children each morning is so enriching in a lot of ways. First and foremost, I feel my kiddos are surrounded by the world, without my guidance, for seven hours every day now that they are in mainstream traditional public school. Last year and the year before, they were enrolled in a private school and though they faced certain challenges like peer pressure, subject material that was apart from God and did not line up with His word, etc. They still had chapel some mornings and a bible class each day. They were still in God’s word every day even though away from home. But, this year, we put on the whole armor of God each morning before I drop them off to their educational institutions.

Secondly, I am reminded of such great scripture as the one above and Zephaniah 3:17 which says,
17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Isn’t that just amazing and so beautiful? “He will exult over you with loud singing!” I wonder what God’s singing voice sounds like?
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5. ESV.)

Thirdly, God’s word is so encouraging…especially when I am struggling or when I am questioning if I am doing what is right. Whether scripture confirms or convicts me, it restores me!

Reading and discussing the word of God, each morning is such a special time I have with these precious little lambs that God has entrusted to me. It is my fervent prayer they will always hear His voice, recognize His voice, and follow the Good Shepherd, forever and ever, amen.

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”…

“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me,because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
(John 10:1-5, 7-18. ESV.)

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