Words Of Truth - March 24, 2010

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Take The Stand"

Take The Stand
"Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God."
John 13:12-17

     “Raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” These words are commonly known as the oath a witness is to make before he gives testimony in a court of law. Nothing could be more damning or more liberating than the truthful account of events by an eyewitness. You may recall that Jesus had to endure the false witnesses that brought bogus charges against Him. A witness can have a great effect in the course of another’s life, and even if the court does not believe the witness, his testimony can do wonders in the heart of the accused. To have somebody take the stand on your behalf and declare your cause is encouraging and endearing.

God has called upon us to be His witnesses. This means we get the opportunity to “take the stand” for God. We get the privilege to give testimony on His behalf. We can tell of His wonderful salvation, and how He has cleansed us from all sin. We can tell how He has never failed us, nor have we ever been forsaken. When we have gone through the waters, rivers, or fire, we haven’t been drowned or burned.

We are to go to all the nations and declare the wonderful works of our God (vs. 9). God has told us to “keep not back” (vs. 6). When we take the stand before the world, we are to hold nothing back. God has called upon us to be a witness to a spiritually deaf and blind world. He desires that this world hear of His salvation and see His goodness. Therefore, we are to take the stand for God and declare these things as true.

According to Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, a witness is one "to see or know by personal presence." Have you been saved? Has God been good to you? Has He ever left you or forsaken you? If you have experienced the goodness of God, then keep not back! Let the world know how good God is to His people.

Some may not believe your testimony. There may be some scoffers. Even so, how would your testimony thrill the heart of God! If you had many false accusers against you, and someone came to your defense, would not your heart be lifted and your spirit encouraged? Even so, God would be pleased with your testimony of His faithfulness. Don’t fear what others may say! Is it true what you know about God? Then declare it! Keep not back. God needs to hear you say it, and the world needs to hear you say it, and you need to hear you say it! Be a witness of the goodness of God.

Study verses - Isaiah 43:1-28; Psalm 51:13; Romans 10:14-18; Exodus 9:16;
I Samuel 17:46; Joshua 4:24.

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Previous devotions

"Happiness Versus Pleasure" - March 17, 2010
"Singing" - March 10, 2010
"Wisdom" - March 3, 2010
"Loyalty" - February 24, 2010
"Observe All Things Whatsoever I Have Commanded You" - February 17, 2010
"A Praying Church" - February 10, 2010
"A Glorious Church" - February 3, 2010
"Work of the Ministry" - January 27, 2010
"Redeem The Time" - January 20, 2010
"Stewardship" - January 13, 2010
"Tithing" - January 6, 2010
"An Expected End" - December 30, 2009
"Silent Night, Holy Night" - December 23, 2009
"Christmas - Part 2" - December 16, 2009
"Christmas - Part 1" - December 9, 2009
"Walk in Truth" - December 2, 2009

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