MARCH 19: I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel
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Romans 1:16 reads, For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
On this verse, the NLT Life Application Study Bible1 notes, “Paul was not ashamed of the Good News about Christ because he knew that it was true and that it could not be refuted by even the brightest minds of Greek or Roman culture…When you feel embarrassed to be a Christian, remember what the Good News is all about. If you focus on the reality of God’s transforming and life-changing power in the world rather than on your own [feelings of] inadequacy, you will find the confidence you need to boldly speak about your faith.”
Those experiencing real life transformation are regularly coming to see themselves in the same way God sees them. They see themselves as holy, saints, deeply loved by God, belonging to Christ, chosen, a part of God’s family.
When we allow the truths of the Gospel to permeate our lives, any and all shame is ridden. We come to a point of wanting to share the Good News and to not fear any consequences.
READING & JOURNALING:
Do you currently have any shame or fear when it comes to sharing the Good News with others? If so, where do you think that fear or shame comes from?
Today, write out your own prayer to God. Confess any fear or shame you may have, and continue to ask Him to help you see yourself in the same way He sees you.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Ezra 3 & 4
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