Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Don't Hold Back! = Don't Hold In!

Similar verses like this one permeate the voice of Isaiah, saying:

"Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins."

Don't hold back is a difficult thing to do.  Don't hold back equals "Don't hold in"  Do not hold in how you feel.  Say it, even if it feels wrong, don't go by your feelings; go based on honesty.  Jesus could have silently told the money changers not to deal in the church..He could have kept what he knew was right inside and perhaps held a silent prayer vigal to see about how to tell the money changers to stop in the right way..but there was no time for that, and a prophet does not hold back or keep what is in him within.   If it is truth and it helps bring things to the service to be exposed, than better is open rebuke than letting sin quietly continue.  Surely the people believed at first that what was happening at the cross could have been done a better way, a more peaceful and a more politically correct way.  There was no other way..even though God Himself turned His face away (briefly) there was no better way to erase my sin forever.  

So this is the message.  You may not get everything right.  My one message is this:  Do Not Hold Back.  Do Not Hold In what God has inside of you.  God is truth.  Do not hide the truth.  Don't let the truth come up from the concrete you lay.  Let it be be true, don't hold back.  Do not hold anything you have in.  Pray and say it the best way you can.

If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

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