by Tammy Phillips
August 6, 2020
“I did not shrink from telling you anything that was for your benefit and teaching you in public meetings and from house to house.” – Acts 20:20
My son, Parker, holds the career record for hit-by-pitches at APSU, as well as the homerun record. He was hit so many times because he protected home plate and did not shrink back when the balls were hurled his way. His ultimate goal was to advance and get on base, no matter the cost. Shouldn’t our goal be to advance the kingdom of God, no matter what obstacles come our way and not to shrink back?
You are at the plate as a minister of Christ. You are on God’s team along with Paul. Paul was a minister of Christ and a MVP on God’s team. He overcame and withstood many obstacles. He was imprisoned multiple times. The masses wanted him dead. Five times, he received 39 stripes. Three times each, he was beaten with rods, stoned and shipwrecked. Often on his journeys, there was danger from waters, robbers, Jews, Gentiles and from imposter believers. There were perils in the city, the wilderness, and at sea. He was hungry, thirsty, weary and had many sleeplessness nights. He was often cold and naked. Not to mention, he was very concerned for all the churches. Paul did not shrink back from his mission and neither should we. Comparatively, we have it pretty easy.
The whole world is looking for answers. As ministers, our job is to share the Answer from house to house. It’s what I am doing with you right now. We should mimic Paul’s words in Acts 20:20. Yes, in 2020, masks should not silence us. We should be doing ACTS like Paul on behalf of our Jesus. We should be saying:
“I did not shrink from telling you anything that was for your benefit and teaching you in public meetings and from house to house, but constantly and earnestly, I bore testimony to everybody , urging them to turn in repentance to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:20-21
DON’T SHRINK BACK:
Do not fear.
Stand resolute in Jesus.
Read the Bible.
Do what the Word says.
Testify to everybody.
Urge all to turn in repentance.
Share the saving knowledge of Jesus with all.
Deliver the message of healing the sick.
Speak truth and hope into lives.
Minister to the needy.
Give of your time and resources.
Pray without ceasing.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, timidity or cowardice, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. – 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
God did not give us a “shrink back” spirt. He gave us a spirit of boldness and courage in Him.
“The LORD [is] on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? “- Psalm 118:6 NKJV
“Do not blush or be ashamed then, to testify to and for our Lord… – 2 Timothy 1:8
God empowered Paul to do everything he did. He also empowers us with the same Spirit and power that raised Jesus from the dead.
“We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. – Hebrews 10:39 NIV
I enCOURAGE you; DO NOT SHRINK BACK. DO NOT SHRINK BACK from boldly declaring the whole will, purpose and plan of God. Advance the kingdom.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” – Revelation 12:11 NIV