Show the world you are a Christian
Luke 8:29 -
(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
There was a time when you move around, you could identify a Christian (so called) by the crucifix which he or she wore on their necks. But now a day with the crucifix becoming a fashion symbol they are more worn by other people, forget about believing in Jesus they do not know A B C D of Jesus.
When I realized Jesus said 'carry my Cross to be my disciple' and He did not say carry my crucifix, also when I understood the real meaning of the Cross from the Old Testament, like we know the passion of Christ more from the Old Testament then the New Testament, I stopped wearing the crucifix on my neck (I normally do not wear any chain or any jewellery unless a social occasion). No doubt, I know the crucifix stands as a symbol of the manifestation of His love for us, but He Himself instructed us to be a man of Spirit having understanding and not a man of the flesh.
Some days back I was out for a lunch meeting with my business partner and some business friends. While we were traveling one of them was sharing an incident which happened a few days back about how a very young teenager of a very, very rich family died. He always had a personal car and a personal driver to take him everywhere he wanted but that day for the first time he decided to go walking and he took a short cut by crossing the railway tracks and it so happened the train hit him and he died. His friends also crossed the tracks but they used the bridge, it was this youth alone who did not.
My business friend was a far off related to the family of this youth and was explaining to my partner that it was not the fault of the youth but a spirit power which drives these youths to do these foolish things and unto self-destruction. Then he looked at me and said I know you are a master at these things I do not need to tell you about them. Even though he was a Hindu he knew that as a Christian I had powers to command spirits and have authority over them.
My partner who also is a Hindu knows when I tell him I had a message from the Lord with regards a business discussion; even if it may be the oddest thing to do, he will go by it; for he has experienced the wonders that God has done.
How do people know you are a Christian?
Do you need to wear crucifixes, or keep saying 'Praise the Lord', or take the name of Jesus to advertise you are a Christian?
Let people know you are a Christian by your character, your relationship with your God and with the authority you have over the situations around you and over the powers of this world, both visible and invisible.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are an Almighty God, a God without limits. The Bible says the Israelites were known as your people by the mighty power they held and uniqueness they showed from the people of this world even though they wore very simple clothes. Lord, the world does not know You because your people do not show the world Who You are and the changes You bring in the lives of people who come to You. Lord we pray your people be first a Christian inside and let the Light shine from within...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
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