In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
– Luke 12:1-10
Insurance against backsliding from following Jesus is to be an open disciple of His. The greatest privilege available to man is to have inside him the God that created heaven and earth on a permanent basis. The God now inside you is the same One that created the billions upon billions of galaxies; the One that gave life to everything that is living. If this is not something to be proud of; something to be brandished and flaunted with delight, I wonder what else can be.
Ensure that you are not one of those Christians who hardly tell others about Jesus. It is not enough that you have received Him and He has filled you with His Spirit. By receiving Him into your life as Lord and Saviour, you have merely yielded your physical body for Him to indwell you by His spirit and continue the work He began on earth through you. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). Today, Jesus still goes about doing good and healing the sick and the oppressed. He now operates on earth by His spirit, the physical body He will use for His earthly work today is YOU.
Are you letting Jesus continue His mission of redemption through you, or have you imprisoned Him in your body by refusing to tell others about Him? Jesus said in our passage today, “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9). Do not be a secret disciple of Christ. Declare His glory everywhere.
- Ask for fresh anointing to proclaim the Good News.
CONFESSION: Openly, Lord Jesus gave His life for me on the Cross. I must declare His mercy and grace everywhere.