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GOOD CONFESSIONS: Witness through ME - 1 Timothy 6:11b-12

Good Confessions: Witness through Me!
1 Timothy 6:11b-12
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
 
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Greetings!
BlogFam, at the close of 1 Timothy, he receives advice that will help him to stay true to the ministry to which he has been called.  His advice covers a range of situations regarding his lifestyle and ministry and includes this admonishment -
 
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
 
BlogFam, during this season of fasting, I hope that you understand that this fast is not just for you.  It is not only about the transformation that can occur inside of you but the transformation that can be inspired to take place in others because of YOUR witness.  YES, there is a bigger picture and YES, you are a part of God's larger plan to draw someone else into the Body of Christ because of YOUR witness.  It is so important that we all remember this piece of advice from Paul.  For in it we are reminded of the personal priority of our witness and the public promotion of the same.
 
You may be thinking that you do not have a powerful testimony.  You do not have a raising from the dead, blind now you see, deaf but now you hear testimony and so you think that your story is not worthy of being shared or that your testimony is not good enough because it lacks drama.  Well, I want you to know that the dramatic tales of others is just as powerful as those who have been the recipients of subtle miracles in their life. 
 
I am bothered by the rhetoric of some of my Christian brothers and sisters who dismiss the opportunity to learn from someone whose lifestyle has not had the twists and turns of a roller coaster.  You might have heard someone say - or perhaps, you have also said - "I do not want somebody telling me anything if they haven't been through the same thing."  I have never been able to fully grasp the rationale behind that statement.  I say so perhaps because my own testimony is not so dramatic.  There are many "worldly" things that I was shielded from and chose not to participate in throughout my life.  Now, I am NOT saying that I am perfect but if you are looking for a roller coaster testimony, that is NOT what you will hear from me. BUT I do believe that my personal testimony is just as powerful because I have the testimony that the Lord has kept me and shielded my life from the roller coasters that some of my brothers and sisters have experienced as part of their story.  
 
One of the reasons my testimony is such is because I did have a very sheltered childhood.  My parents just would not allow certain things to happen in their home and I then carried that with me into my adult life.  Secondly, I have never been one to advocate that experience is the best teacher.  Feel free to leave a comment but friends, I just do not think that I have to experience certain things in order to learn about them.  I do believe that wisdom is learning from the roller coaster drama of others so that I do not have to go through the same thing. 
 
The bottom line is that our GOOD CONFESSION may be a subtle or dramatic recount of God's goodness toward us.  During the course of this fast, expect the miraculous to happen in your life but DO NOT limit the miracles you expect to a dramatic turn of events because the subtle miracles can potentially have the biggest impact.   So, we must celebrate with those whose testimony is different from ours and not limit what we can learn or how we can be encouraged to those whose story is most like ours - in drama or in the subtle miracles of God in our lives.    I just hope that whatever YOUR testimony may be, you are striving to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  With all of your drama, or lack thereof, I pray that the personal priority of your testimony is filled with these things.
 
Lastly, I pray that the public promotion of your witness during this season and beyond would be one that tells the world that you are striving to fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  There are many "fights" that we will take on in this life, especially when it comes to our faith.  A good fight of FAITH is one where your weapons are spiritual tools that pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  These weapons also indicate that you understand the life and the lifestyle to which you are called to lead because you realize that eternity is at stake.  You are not fighting the good fight of faith because it is just a right thing to do.  You have come to know that fighting the good fight of faith is the ONLY way to take hold of the eternal life we have been promised through Christ.  And friends, as we fight the good fight of faith we make a GOOD CONFESSION.  We make the confession that the personal priority of our witness has led to the public promotion of our witness as sons and daughters of the Most High!
 
BlogFam, I pray that you would celebrate your story.  I pray that you would share your story.  I pray that you would celebrate and share your story so that others can learn from and be encouraged by your own drama or by the not so dramatic events of your life!  I pray that the personal priority of your witness is to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. I pray that the public promotion of your witness would help others to know that you are striving to fight the good fight of the faith.   I pray that you would be granted opportunities to make a GOOD CONFESSION of your faith in front of witnesses so that men and women, boys and girls will gain wisdom from your story. 
 
 
 
 
 
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I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more
if only they knew they were slaves.
Harriet Tubman
 
 
 
God Loves You and I do too!
Delesslyn
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