LSOF: Having the last Word

Acts 20:22-24
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Did you ever think of what kind of legacy would be left after you died? Did you ever think of the kind of impact you’ve had on this world to this point of your life? Did you ever wonder if you were even making a difference at all?

Now let me ask you this. How many books have you read? How many books have you read that you can remember the smallest details? How many books have you shared with others, and just gave them such a great synopsis to the point that
they didn’t even need the book?
Okay, now let me ask you, how many times did you start a book at put it down? How many times did you read a little bit in each chapter just to find out what would happen in the end, nothing more than the jist? How many times did someone ask you about a book you said you read all the way through, knowing that you really and truly didn’t read it all the way through?

Now what if it was someone who didn’t know who Jesus was? What if they asked you about apart of the Bible? What if they asked you about the Creation story? Or ” The Great Flood” or ” The Christmas Story..”
and you didn’t really know anything more than bits and pieces of it…

My family was talking last night about Politics, which I am not going into it at all,
its just about what God spoke to my heart after the fact.
If we look at this as a political perspective then we will miss the message all together.

I have something to let you know if you don’t already…we aren’t going to live forever.

At the end of the day, should it really matter to us what is going on in government after the fact?
Maybe it matters to our hearts, but what should matter more is how we as Christians
would prepare for the next step?

I don’t know about you, but I am not going to spend all day glued to the TV watching CNN, and listening to all the
liberals, and everyonelse sit there and talk straight politics…

I mean if the time to vote was to come, and I had to have knowledge of certain things I would be voting for
that’s fine, but I am talking about just listening to useless conversation. We should not really be people that take
part in that. What we let in, we keep in…and what comes out as a result of it…could prove to be not good.

I think if we truly believe in God and love His Word, then that is what we should be putting our concentration on,
take a look at this verse:

Daniel 2:21-22
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.

Take a look at what is underlined. God knows who is in power. If you follow the book of Daniel,
things continue to happen to him and his friends, but God comes through for them.

I mean standing in front of a hot-breathed, monstrous lion, whose teeth were bigger than every finger on his
hands. And God had kept the animal from bringing Daniel harm. It is what He does.

There is all this mindless gossip about our leaders, and how some might say the “anti-christ” is upon us…
but see the thing about that is…who are they to decide?

If they were smart, if they really were concerned about it…instead of pure gossip those same people
should be getting on their knees and praying to God. They should be reading the Bible as much as they can.

And here’s why, because if we are truly living in the ” last days” then we also know that ” book burning” is
in the future, and we must learn all we can now, because when that day comes…where will we be able to teach from?

I went to an amazing service at Grace Uprising, in Nashville TN and met up with my friend Pam Case. They are doing a message series on ” What not to wear” talking about as a Christian.

So of course later as I was driving home, my heart took it deeper…its not only what we wear in front of others,
but its what we are wearing inside of our heart.

When the day comes that we can no longer read a Bible, we have to be able to pull that knowledge from somewhere.

We have to learn to not just read the Bible, but to actually apply it to our lives so much that it stays within
our hearts.

You may know the simple verses, but when it comes down to it…how much do you really know?

What would it be like to be the only one on Earth that actually remembered what the Bible said?
What would it be like to be sitting in a jail cell persecuted for your beliefs, with non-Christians, who
wanted to know what you did?

I can think of Paul in all of this so clearly.

Acts 26:29
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

At this time Paul was thrown into prison and then for years was going back and forth
for the “charges” against him. However, it took a good while for those in power to decide he
had to die.

When he finally was faced talking to King Agrippa, he told him about meeting Jesus on the road, he told him
that his name was once different, he told him that he used to kill Christians. And the King thought he was nuts.

But the important thing is to know, Paul had his story to share, he knew what God’s promises were.

2 Timothy 2:8-13
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

I attended an amazing weekend with Beth Moore, my siestas, and some other wonderful people, and I have to
tell you that we walked away not just with a Word given from ” So Long Insecurity”, but a Word God brought
to all of our hearts after.

Sometimes you will just have a Word that is placed in your heart…that you can’t put into Words. But live out.
I think that we learned so much more what God’s love was through being in His presence with one another.

I think this is what it was like for Paul:
He had the Word in his heart, and he lived it out and he wore it with him all the way
to heaven.

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4 thoughts on “LSOF: Having the last Word

  1. Angie,
    Whoa. You just gave me a WORD that the Lord just started convicting me to step it up. Those verses of Paul taught me to look at his unashamed and unafraid faith ready and willing to share the Gospel anytime, anywhere. The other day I was sitting in the chair at the salon feeling God lead me to talk to the hairdresser about Jesus. I blew it off and read my book the entire time selfishly enjoying several quiet hours in the chair to myself. Ugh-I feel so disobedient…shame on me.

    If I have all this knowledge in my head, it does the Kingdom no good if I don’t connect with others one on one and share my heart for the Lord.

    Thanks for this reminder. Great words, friend!

  2. Angie,

    I so agree that application of what we hear and read in the Word is key. It makes me think of the verses in James that talk about the man looking in the mirror and then walking away and forgetting what he’s heard. I pray that I am a doer of His Word.

    It was so much fun to meet you this weekend in Atlanta. I loved hearing your story about your job and hanging out with you all at Tammy’s house Friday night.

    Blessings to you!

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