Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Why God? Part II

Psalm 39
Psalm 39:1 - I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence."

Hiding our Feelings is Dishonesty with Ourselves and Others.
Do you have a “Sunday personality” that is pulled out for display on your way to church?  Or, do you sometimes feel the need to change your behavior to “act like a Christian” when someone mentions they have seen you at church?  Do you feel the need to act strong when you feel weak to protect God’s reputation?

Hiding the truth from the ungodly so God's reputation is kept is exactly what David is speaking of in verse 1.  He shares that he "kept up a good front" so the people would not think that God was weak and think less of God even though the reality of his life was different.

Here is something worth thinking about.  If true Christianity can ever be confessed, it is possible that more people would receive it.  I don’t know about you, but those who speak of a life that has no problems or disharmony because they are saved give me the creeps.  They certainly do not testify of the experience of thousands of other believers I know...me included.

God does not need us to defend His character or love by living lies about our faith.  True Christianity as I have experienced it is not life without negative circumstances or personal struggles, but Christ working through them to sustain and mature me.  Christ takes us through our circumstances as often as over our problems.

As we live our lives in honesty with our doubts and faith, with our fear and courage and with our weakness and strength displayed, more people will be drawn to our God when the victory is won.  God’s power is seen more clearly in our deliverance than our avoidance. 
See today if you are being honest in your testimony.

Scripture to Claim

For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 

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