Wednesday, June 23, 2010

At some point, the only answer a follower of Christ can give is, "No." Are you ready to give it?

When Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching about Jesus, that's what they said. "For we cannot help but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

What will you do when they tell you to stop talking about Jesus? It happens every day, even here in this country of religious freedom. Don't forget that the land of the free is also the home of the brave, and thousands of Christians each year bravely say "no". They bravely say it because it costs them. It costs them their careers, their friends, their status, and sometimes even their marriages and families.

But, before you charge off into the darkness with a torch and a cross, bring the focus in a bit. Every one of us who follows Christ faces the "no" dilemma every day. It's not the world to which we have to say "no", but our selfs, our flesh, our desires. The moment you follow Christ, you will begin to say "no" to self and "yes" to Him.

Before you steel yourself for the onslaught of Jesus-haters, you must say "no" to the one in you. Fill your heart and mind with Christ so that you will be able to say "no" to the lust of the your flesh, the lust of the your eyes, and the pride of your life. Lose this battle, and you will win no other. Fight it and Christ will create bravery, tempered with humility, in you and you will be able to stand and say "No!" to the world while you say "Yes!" to Christ.