Have you heard, ‘target on once back.’? Identifying as “I am a Christian first” automatically puts a target on your back. What does this mean for you and me? It simply means all eyes are on us because we have chosen to take a stand, and people will be looking to see how far we can go with our commitment to God as “Christians first.” And in some strange way, attacks come from everywhere even from those closest to you. See what the Bible says, “…when trouble or persecution comes because of the word…” Read Mark 4:17 (AMP). “The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Read Proverbs 28:1 (AMP). “I am a Christian first” is as “Bold as a Lion.” And the Bible further goes on to say, hence the Bible says, “Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” Hallelujah!
Watch this, because you are identified with and stand on the Word of God, persecution will arise and it will seem to attract forces which you never expected, but the Bible says, “And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in Me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in Me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be COURAGEOUS, for I have conquered the world!” Read John 16:33 (TPT).
Saints of God, as a Christian first, we must be bold to speak the truth to one another and not be afraid of what people will say. Watch this, Jesus Christ took a stand and He was unapologetic about what He stood for and believed. Quite frankly, He is a model example for you and me. He is our standard-bearer of Christianity.
“I am a Christian first” is a matter of principles and philosophy. Now the Bible is clear on what our philosophy should be and where it comes from – His Word. Therefore, watch this, “See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).” Colossians 2:8 (AMPC).
Beloved, it is our responsibility to guard our heart with all diligence, consequently, we are encouraged to be knowledgeable about the God we serve and profess; we ought to always reference our Bible because that is where our principles and philosophies are borne.
My Father, thank You because I am guided by Your principles and philosophy. Thank You because “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Hallelujah, Glory to God.
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