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Wednesday's Word: The Witness Stand

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Witness Stand



Lord, many and varied are the concerns of this world,
And they seem to be nothing if not endless.
Lord, help us concern ourselves with Your Word,
And be about being your witness.

Worldly treasures are but plunder for a thief,
And to amass riches here is senseless.
As cares come upon us, may their distraction be brief,
May our desire for You go beyond us.

To be good stewards over all you provide,
And to run our faith race to the finish.
Outwardly showing that inside, you abide,
Affirming, “Greater is He” that’s within us.

Not saying it’s easy, but you’ve given us Power,
Our old man is formidably contentious.
To stand boldly in truth, not shy away or cower
Whether progressing by much, or by inches.

The push of His plan, involves faithful man,
With hearts unified in consensus.
Who know the brief nature of the world we live in
Not dissuaded by this world’s consequences.

Not lulled by the comforts that this world offers,
To clamor after such would be reckless.
Exalt The King of Glory, and the power of His cross,
The truth, the whole truth and not a bit less.

This is life eternal, to know the only true God,
and knowing His Christ, whom He’s sent us. (John 17:3)
Oh! That our feet would be readily shod
Prepared to stand for the Gospel as witness.

Here’s The Word:

1 John 5:9-11 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I was just thinking about court proceedings and how a person is called to take the witness stand. The witness stand is often an elevated platform with a seat near the judge. The job of a witness is not to decide the case, that’s the judge’s job. The witness only testifies to what they know. I actually Googled things a good witness should do and it makes perfect sense that God would use this word in identifying/explaining what our stand is supposed to be as witnesses. Here’s a few of the topics I found. If we would really see these as part of our Job description for “Witness”, I think it would be great to keep these ideas at the forefront of our minds and prayers.

• Refresh Your Memory
• Appearance Is Important
• Speak Clearly
• Be A Responsible Witness
• Tell the Truth
• Do Not Exaggerate
• Listen Carefully To Avoid Confusion
• Do Not Lose Your Temper
• Respond Orally To The Questions
• Think Before You Speak
• Explain Your Answer
• Correct Your Mistakes
• Don’t Set Yourself Up For Error
• Be Positive and Confident

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Cros

1 Comments:

Blogger R. Gentry said...

I felt you... speak, drop the mic, & walk off stage! Plainly & beautifully put, my Friend.

9:06 AM  

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