Well, here I am yet again giving Glory to God by sharing thoughts that he has laid on my heart. He's been dealing with me on this one for a few days, and now I'm ready to write.
So, I forgot to call my good friend Mesha on her birthday. I called her a few days later and we were talking. I told her how I had been praying the last few months for every single person that has EVER had anything to do with my life in anyway, including family, loved ones, friends, aquaintances, co-workers, passer-bys, etc. My first prayer is always that they would find God for themselves and be saved, and that they will be blessed spiritually, mentally, socially, physically and financially. So, we went on talking about God and what He has been doing in our lives. Then I told her that now I pray that God will continue to give me boldness for Him and that I will never hesitate to talk about God or be in His presence! I went on to tell her the reason I pray that. I'm a preacher's kid, so I know church. I went to church many times 7 out of 7 days a week growing up. I was taught to pray, I was taught to be a Christian, I was taught the bible, etc. However, (watch this) when I got to school I would think twice or look around before I did something as simply as say my grace for my food. So, I said, "Wow, Mesha I'm gonna write a blog about that!"
I can even remember a time in one of my classes in college, a very tough class. PHYSIOLOGY. We were about to take a test, and a group of students gathered in a circle to pray, and me... the preacher kid is sitting there trying to pray so suttle that no one can see or hear me. Now, I know as a child I was saved and filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit. However, as I grew older maybe church just got a little too routine to me. Maybe I got comfortable knowing that I can do anything I want Monday thru Saturday and then Sunday morning ask God to forgive me and knew He would. However, who's to say that you're gonna make it back to His presence if you don't take Him with you. So, that brings me to the title. For 24 years, I was in the church, but until I rededicated my life to Christ in November of 08', church wasn't really in me. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. For so as a man thinketh, so is the man. If I was ashamed to say grace, If I was ashamed to pray before a test, If I was ashamed to mention God around my Frat, co-workers, clients, friends, etc. etc..... Then maybe the church was in me, but (get this) it was not enough abundance or overflow to come out. My pastor, Bishop Jim Lowe, has been telling us that people should look at you and know you're a Christian. They shouldn't have to think you're one.
So for all of you teenagers, all of you college students, all of you adults, all of you Seniors, and especially ALL OF YOU WHO ARE CLAIMING TO BE A CHRISTIAN, I ask you: Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you afraid to mention God or moreover the name of JESUS in front of your friends? Are you afraid to pray in that tough Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Biomechanics, Calculus class in college amongst your peers? Are you ashamed to mention God in front of your co-workers? The main question is this: Can people see, as Mary Mary said, The God In You? Think about it for a minute?...
Now, on a side note I know a lot of people are wondering, questioning, and pondering... How in the world are Felicia and Mike doing all of these big things in such a down economy? How does Mike have a new car? How are they building a new house? How is Mike getting on average 4-5 hours to himself outside of work everyday and 4-6 hours of sleep and still have so much energy, still be so happy? This is my answer. It is simply because of this right here what I'm doing now. I don't give Satan a chance to reak havoc in my life, because I'm too busy spreading, sharing, witnessing the Glory of God and what He can do for you if you would just get Him in your corner. Well, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord! That is how we're doing it.
In closing, ask God to forgive you for being ashamed of Him. Ask Him to give you opportunities to witness, to share blessings, to draw souls to Christ Jesus! That has been my prayer since the end of last year, and it is truly happening every day now. Praise God for everything He has, is and will do in my life! As always I pray God's blessings in Jesus's name on each and every one of you who will read this entry. I pray that God gives you more of Him, and that you be blessed Spiritually, Mentally, Socially, Physically and Financially! And likewise, as always continue to pray for me in the same!
I would say excuse any spelling or grammatical errors as I used to say, but when I start writing I have to get everything out that God has layed upon my heart. So I don't stop until I get to the end. Sometimes I catch mistakes, sometimes I don't. So, if you're too busy picking out my mistakes, then you're missing the whole message...lol Be blessed!