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Let's Talk About Jesus!!

Welcome! I hope you all have a fabulous day!! Well.... I finally feel as though I am starting to get into a rhythm with this whole blogging idea. It looks like Thursday will be my regular day to release posts!

This song was one of my favourites when I was in Sunday School. It still is and often times I will catch myself humming the tune or singing the words. My favorite part of this song goes like this "Upon that Cross of shame my Saviour died, beneath His lovely name was crucified, He did for sin atone by shedding His blood, He opened up the way to Heaven above." (Hahah I bet as you read this, you sang it to the tune in your head! Gotcha!) That is the pure truth of the Gospel in 2 lines of a Sunday School song. It can't get much simpler than that. I treasure this part of the song so much because I am overwhelmed at the great lengths that Jesus went to, to prepare a way for all lost sinners. He came to save the world, He did not come with condemnation but with love for the lost. John 3:17 says, "For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."

The next line says "Some folks may ask me, some folks may say, "Who is this Jesus you talk about everyday?" He is my Saviour and He set me free, now listen while I tell you what He means to me." ( Gotcha again!😉)

This line got me thinking, do I talk about Jesus everyday? At work, at home, with family and friends, to myself (Yess, I am that person that talks to myself😊). Whatever it is that I am doing, does Jesus pass through my conversation in one way or another? Do I acknowledge Him as the Divine Painter of the beautiful sunrise I so often enjoy? Do we thank Him for the safety and privilege our country provides? Do we remember that He is the creator of the beautiful creation we appreciate so much? Are we afraid to speak His name aloud outside the doors of our church, without the confines of our homes? Are we afraid of what people may think of us, if we tell them of the hope that we have in Jesus? Well, I am guilty as charged. I have passed up the opportunity to witness before because I was scared of what that person would think of me or the ridicule I might face. 2 Timothy 3:12 says "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Is my moment of ridicule so detrimental to my ego that someone should forego the opportunity to hear of the love of Jesus Christ? Do I have so much pride that I am not even willing to experience any sum of disdain for the Saviour that died for me? That DIED, He wasn't just brutally beaten. He gave His life for mine, for yours, for the entire world.

I just think of Peter and the apostles in Acts 5. The High Priest and the Sadducees catch wind of these zealots healing people and preaching. The High Priest has Peter and the apostles arrested and thrown into prison for sharing the good news. But then.....the angel of the Lord comes by night to open the jail doors so they can escape. Only for them to go to the temple and continue preaching the gospel, which they were imprisoned for in the first place. I can only imagine the shock of the High Priest and his right hand men when they discovered that the jail cell(s) were empty. Well, someone let the High Priest in on a little secret that these same guys were down at the temple teaching the people. So, they made their way down to the temple to arrest the apostles for the second time around. They asked them straight up, "Did we not directly command you NOT to teach in this name?" But this is where it gets good, Peter and the apostles reply together saying, " We must obey God rather than men." OOOHHHHH, I don't even want to think of how angry this defiance made the High Priest. But the apostles continue to say, "the God of our fathers raised up Jesus, that YOU slew, by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. (On a side note how do you think that the apostles said this? Was it with a timid disposition or with gumption. I imagine that they spoke with a profound sense of courage and boldness. THIS is what they believed with ALL THEIR HEARTS and this is what they would ultimately die for.) OOK, now when they heard these words and the manner in which they spoke, they were cut to the heart and wanted to kill them. Thank goodness for reason and a man named Gamaliel. He reasoned that there had been men before that had rose up and claimed to be someone of the same nature as this "Jesus fellow" and people joined themselves to these "so-called leaders", but they ALL perished. He assured them that if this truly was of God, they would not be able to overthrow it. IT. WOULD. STAND. They agreed and let the apostles go but not without beating them first. They commanded them NOT to speak in the name of Jesus and let them go (Did they actually think the apostles would listen after they already told them that they "Must obey God rather than men"?). Now this is the part I've been waiting to get too. Imagine this with me for a moment, Peter and the apostles are scurrying out of the presence of the council together, their clothes are all torn, they have bruises and scrapes and they are bleeding. Some probably have a black eye or two. They are a sight for sore eyes. But they are singing and praising the Lord. You can see it in their bloodied and swollen faces, the JOY. The joy to be considered worthy to suffer for Christ's sake. The chapter ends like this, " And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to preach Jesus Christ."

OK, WOW. That story really gets me. They were beaten and imprisoned and they REJOICED because THEY were counted WORTHY to SUFFER FOR HIS NAME.

They did not stop when warned, not even when they were beaten. Like Gamaliel said "if this is of God then you will not be able to overthrow it. Amen to that. This story really convicted my heart and made me ask myself a couple questions. Would I be able to endure with the same joy as the apostles? Would I stand up for what I believe no matter the consequences? They suffered a lot more than insults and yet they persevered with gladness. It's easy for us to be a Christian today (at least in America). We have the freedom of choosing our religion and practicing it. Aside from peoples personal opinions, we aren't too affected. We can go to church without fear, we can read the bible in our homes around the kitchen table in peace. But in that day in age or in certain countries of the world today, your faith is a matter of life and death.


Today the same message is STILL being preached, souls are STILL being saved, men are STILL repenting of their sinful ways. This message cannot be stamped out, this good news STILL rings true. Surely we serve a powerful God! The God of then is STILL the same God of today. The God who brought them out of the prison with their lives is STILL the same God that is watching over you. I KNOW RIGHT....WHAT AN AWESOME GOD. This awesome God that we serve, deserves to be part of our everyday conversation. It glorifies Him. We do not have to constantly be praying lengthy prayers with big words to acknowledge God. It's as easy as looking out the window at the beautiful world that He has created, to a simple "thank you" for your family and the cozy home you enjoy.

I challenge you to bring up Jesus in a conversation, just to talk about Him and the beauty of His person! You may be surprised at the blessing that it is just to

"Talk about Jesus". To have a heartfelt conversation with a fellow believer on the common ground you stand as an adopted daughter or son of Jesus Christ.

Message me and let me know how you have been blessed or how you have enjoyed this challenge! I await eagerly!

My love and prayers, God bless you all.

Sincerely, The Prairie Girl! 💕


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