Christians should ooze confidence.
One of the great earthly benefits of trusting Jesus as our Savior is knowing that God is totally in control. And if we truly believe this, we can live our lives with incredible confidence. The Bible says we are to be:
- Confident of our access to the throne of God
in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. —Ephesians 3:12
- Confident that He will hear our prayers
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6
- Confident that He can be our refuge in a time of trouble
For You are my hope;
O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth. —Psalm 71:5
- Confident that our sins are fully paid on our day of judgment
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. —1 John 4:17
Peter and John are great examples of living a life that oozes with confidence (Acts 4:13). They knew that they could speak confidently about Jesus and heaven (Titus 3:8).
Their confidence in God was so great that they knew not to worry about what mortal man could do to them.
. . . we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” —Hebrews 13:6
. . . do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But . . . fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell; yes, fear Him. —Luke 12:4-5
Do you think Christians should shop at grocery stores who sell beer and tobacco products? And what about supporting businesses that support homosexuals and/or abortion?
There is a vast difference between businesses that are clearly supporting sinful acts like abortion and homosexual activity and those that simply carry items that MAY be sinfully abused. For instance, in past GMLs, we showed scripturally that drinking wine (including beer) and smoking cigarettes were not necessarily sin in themselves.
The Bible says we must pay taxes (Luke 20:22-25) and obey the laws (Hebrews 13:17), even if the government is corrupt – assuming that you don’t disobey God by obeying the law (Daniel 3:12).
“Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But He detected their trickery and said to them, “Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” —Luke 20:22-25
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. —Hebrews 13:17
“There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” —Daniel 3:12
The Bible also says Believers and nonbelievers WILL live together until the end of the world.
Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.'” —Matthew 13:24-30
By living and working together, God can use us to be witnesses to nonbelievers of His love.
The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them. —Isaiah 9:2
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16
This is God’s chosen method of spreading the gospel. Therefore, it is God’s will that Christians interact with non-Christians.
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world . . . For what have I to do with judging outsiders? . . . But those who are outside, God judges. —1 Corinthians 5:9-10, 12-13
Using an application of this verse, you would be legalistic to say that you won’t go to a store to purchase milk and eggs if they sell wine, beer and cigarettes. But abortion and homosexuality are clearly out of bounds.
Therefore, if a business is promoting homosexual activity AND you have an alternative choice, take the alternative. But if the only local source of electricity is promoting homosexual marriages, it would be dumb to cancel the service. Remember, God knows your heart.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7.
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