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Standing In Faith Is Not Always Popular

God promises to not make you ashamed of your faith.

Let your faith be strong and God will be God for you.

God knows exactly what it takes to trust in Him. He knows the cost it requires of us–from our families, our work, our friends. Not everyone will see our devotion as good and right. Some will ridicule and sneer, either openly or behind your back. God sees it and will honor you for it.

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live, and do not let me be ashamed of my hope. (Psa. 119:116) When we stand on the promises of God, He promises to not make us ashamed of our trust in Him. In other words, He won’t allow us to look foolish for believing in Him. He will do what you ask to show His kindness.

I like that God is so considerate. Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. (Psa. 25:20) The key is putting complete trust in Him. It requires faith in what you do not see. Your trust will be by faith, but the confidence in your spirit will be strong. When you have that, God promises to be right there for you.

Never be afraid that you will be shamed for your faith. You may be ridiculed, but do not accept shame. Stand strong and allow God to work through you. He promised that He will.



Read the first chapter of my book Crucible Heart

Joyful, Joyful!

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above. 
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away. 
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise. 
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest! 
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

 Mortals, join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began;
love divine is reigning o’er us,
binding all within its span. 
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sunward,
in the triumph song of life.