Two things I focus a lot on…faith and truth. They go hand in hand. Faith is based on truth and acceptance of truth is based on faith.
In fact, the definition of faith I go by says, Faith that is pleasing to God chooses to know and obey His word (truth) regardless of feelings, circumstances, or cultural pressures.
As society pulls farther and farther away from God, we find that we are pulled to stick with feelings, circumstances, and pressures instead of standing by truth. Yet, in the midst of difficult times, we cry out to the very one we refuse to obey and ask for intervention from Him.
Proverbs 28:9 says this, “He who turns away his ear from listening to the law (truth), even his prayer is an abomination.” (NASB)
In other words, we cannot expect God to hear our prayers when we refuse to live by His truth.
I have been reading the stories of those who live by faith despite persecution and possible death. Stories of women and men who stood for Christ and lost family, home, and freedom for His name. Living by faith meant a great deal to them. They continued to spread the name of Jesus to those they met despite how it would affect them.
Living in America, I have freedom to share without fear. I have freedom to speak the name of Jesus without loss of family, home, work, and life. God help me to live a life of true faith – one that speaks the name of Jesus despite ridicule. One that speaks the life-giving name of Jesus to those in need.
Jesus has changed my life. Jesus has changed my destination. Jesus has spoken peace into a soul filled with anxiety. Jesus has filled my heart with joy and my mouth with praise. How can I not speak His name? How can I not obey His truth? How can I hear it and not obey?