Matthew 10:32-33 Whoever will confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever will deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
CONFESS= homologeó in the greek and means to speak the same, to agree. I promise, agree, (b) I confess, (c) I publicly declare, (d) a Hebraism, I praise, celebrate.
DENY=arneomai in the greek and means to deny, say no. (a) I deny (a statement), (b) I repudiate (a person, or belief).
Where do you stand in your relationship with Christ? Do you confess Christ before others, or are you ashamed of Him before them?
Have you openly proclaimed to others that you have placed your faith in Christ? Do you tell the truth openly and boldly, and confess Him before men.
Do you deny Christ before men? Do you disclaim your association with Him? Are you ashamed for others to know that you are a Christian?
How do you resist the temptation in the presence of those who choose not to believe in Christ or those who deny Christ?
Do you stand firm in what you know to be true in the Word of God concerning Christ and your relationship with Him or do you give into the pressures of what other people may say or think?
Let me give you a real example of confession in action before the world, just last night.
There was a 4 year old little girl abducted on yesterday from my home town and she was found a little over 24 hours later, hundreds of miles away.
When the police office who was able to make the stop and take the little girl into custody was interviewed, he was asked did he feel lucky to be able to have been the one to make the stop, the cop immediately said "IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LUCK, GOD WAS WITH THAT LITTLE GIRL AND IT WAS GOD THAT ALLOWED HIM TO MAKE THE STOP OF THAT CAR AND GET THE CHILD BACK TO SAFETY".
This was national television and the cop immediately gave credit to God for Divine providence and protection in this situation. He did not know who was in the car, He just made a stop and it was the car of the abductor of that child. THAT WAS THE MIND OF GOD OPERATING THRU THIS COP!
This was an opportunity for the cop to go along with the world and call the miracle working power of God "LUCK' but the cop immediately REFUSED to deny Christ and accept that theory from the reporter and called it what it was. It was the 'HANDS OF GOD" directing and moving in this situation and there is NO doubt about that!
Prayers and prayer vigils by the people of God was going up everywhere for God to intervene on behalf of this child and God heard and answered.
We thank God for our law enforcement officials and the wisdom and knowledge He has given them to do the GREAT WORK they do on a daily basis, but God alone gets and deserves the GLORY!
Everyday and in all situations, we have the opportunity to confess or deny Christ. The choice is indeed ours and the choice of eternity with God or apart from Him is ours too.
The world is in desperate need of CHRIST! Scan the newspapers, our communities, our families, our work places, homes, churches, schools, etc. Yes, take a minute to inventory these places and you will, without a doubt see the need for Christ.
It is time to forget about the opinions of those who refuse to acknowledge Christ and it is HIGH TIME for those who confess Christ privately, to openly and boldly confess the Christ who they claim to have accepted as Lord and Savior in their lives.
If God presents the opportunity to confess His Son why not do it? What is your motive for not doing it? Who have you placed your hope in? Man or God?
Well, whatever your decision is on today concerning confession or denial of Christ, one thing for a surety is the FACT that Christ says "deny me before men and I will deny you before My Father in heaven.
Matthew 10:28- Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
If you are reading this blog today, God is speaking to you. Yes, you! You have a choice to make and that is to take advantage of every opportunity God gives you to confess Him.
If we allow the enemy of your mind to make you deny Christ, we ALL will answer to the choices we make in confessing or denying Christ.
Today is the day that WE ALL need to let our "YEA BE YEA and our NA BE NA".
It's decision making time where Christ is concerned? What decision have you made? Confession or denial? Where do you stand?