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Topic: STAND UP FOR JESUS (don't write about the song) (04/09/15)
TITLE: Only Son
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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There is only One True God and Jesus is His only Begotten Son and is the only Way into the Kingdom of God. Jesus himself while on earth boldly declares that He is the only Way. In John [14:6] "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me".
His Father in Heaven, Almighty God Jehovah announced about Jesus to crowds and to the disciples that
"This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased"
*Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11.
Groups that say they believe in Jesus often do not believe that He is the Only Way because their belief is that one day He too will subject himself to their own demonically driven agenda.
In our day many have decided that what their flesh cries out for must be superior to the Truth of the Word spoken by the mouth of Jesus. In their minds this Godly Truth must be made subject or equal or even less than their evil desires.
Standing up for Jesus means standing up for His spoken Truth as He revealed it in His earthly life and in the Truth of the Written Word even if it means dying or being persecuted in the press or in the public arena.
Do we as followers of Christ have the courage as many others have, to die for our faith?
Will we stand up courageously and sing hymns while our tormentors torture us, falsely imprison, humiliate or rape us?
In our day some Christians are filmed as they are being executed and many have been bombed out of homes and villages. We know of children who have been murdered in their schools for their faith and some who were captured and forced into evil ungodly marriages and death missions to kill others.
In our Western schools and governments we have removed prayers becasue we are choosing not to offend those who are offending us because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We see great nations who in the past stood on their faith in the One True God turn their backs on Him in favour of compromise.
Standing up for Jesus means that we must declare openly and in love for our fellow lost bothers and sisters, and live our faith.
Recently the UK Prime Minister declared that his nation was a Christian nation.*
"In his Easter address of 2015 to the people of Great Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron celebrated the role of Christianity across the country and spoke out against the persecution of Christians in other parts of the world".
He also said that "...Christians don't just talk loving their neighbor; they live it out in faith schools, in prisons, in community groups. And it's for all these reasons that we should feel proud to say this is a Christian country".
I pray that for the courage of Stephen, Paul and Peter who in their day were persecuted and killed for standing strong in the faith.
As children of God who are seated with Him in heavenly places, we have great hope as our anchor and should the demand be placed on us to stand up; may we do so courageously.
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