Friday, January 2, 2009

Acknowledgement

Hey guys! Thanks for the compliments on the blog skin. Not sure if I like it, but I am sick of looking through all the possibilities. I might change it so don't be surprised if you come back to something different. Forgive me for the following stream of consciousness, but I don't really have time to flesh everything out "perfectly" (HA!) this morning.

The verse "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven" ( Matthew 10:32) has been on my mind for the past couple of days. I don't know why the Lord keeps bringing it up to me, but I know He has been. Maybe I am lacking in the acknowledging department or maybe I am about to face circumstances that will warrant some heavy acknowledging....we'll see.

"I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God." Luke 12:8

"No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also" 1John 2:23

"If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God" 1 John 4:15

"He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels". Revelation 3:5

Some of the Hebrew synonyms/definitions for the word "acknowledge" are: be aware, familiar friend, kinsfolk, kinsmen,have respect for, be sure of, understand, be certain of.....

In the Greek it means : recognition, full discernment and knowledge

I have been asking myself these questions: Do I acknowledge Jesus as my familiar friend to everyone I meet? Do I give Him the proper respect? Do I give Him proper recognition? Do I have full discernment and knowledge of Him?

When I get to heaven, I wonder if I will get an "A" in Acknowledgment.....will Jesus tell me that I acknowledged Him at every opportunity or will He tell me that I did a poor job in the subject of acknowledgement. I wonder how many opportunities I have missed to tell people Whose I am. I wonder how many times I have kept my mouth shut when I should have spoken up for Jesus.

Have my actions represented my faith? My words?

I truly believe Jesus will rapture the church any minute now, but I pray that in the time I have left that I will acknowledge Him to everyone in EVERY situation, because I want Jesus to acknowledge me before the angels and before the Father in heaven.

14 comments:

Eddie said...

No doubt in my mind you will do your very best to acknowledge Jesus at every opportunity you have. It's great to be able to see Jesus in you.

Lisa said...

Thank You for the timely reminder. You've given me alot to think about. I will be shooting for that 'A' along with you!

Heather C said...

Very convicting post.. thanks for speaking what so many of us need to hear. I pray that the Lord will open my eyes to opportunities to acknowledge Him and then give me boldness to speak His praises loud and clear. Thanks for sharing what the Lord has put on your heart. :)

Becoming Me said...

How I do want to live a life that glorifies and acknowledges Him. Thank you. (Also...I love the green and brown design)

alliekat said...

Keep searching for a new background....this one isnt you. Hey if family cant tell you the truth then who can! :)

Greg P. said...

I can see only too well the times I neglected to speak up and acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Savior. Thank you for this post.

ocean mommy said...

I want an "A" too.

I was thinking earlier this week about just wanting Jesus to come on and get us! Praying about it and just realy thinking about that day...the more I thought, the more excited I got...and almost at the same time the more my heart hurt...there are still so many who don't know Him...some family members in particular who I am so burdened for right now...

Love you and thank you for always challenging me. :)

steph.

Kelly S. said...

I want an "A" too.
I have been doing the Truth Project over the break. It is AWESOME! I just wrote two verses down about acknowledgement.
Hosea 6.6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings. The other is Jeremiah 9:23-24. I too am wondering what this new year will bring, and what I might be required to do....may I prove faithful.

Fran said...

First of all, I'm loving the look. I almost picked this one out too. We have good taste. :)

I'm really working hard at slowing down, being more intentional, and more attentive to Him and those that I come across.

Seek Him first, seek Him first, seek Him first!

Hugs,
Fran

The Brady's said...

I like the red/green! Mine is Pink & green...so fits my personality!

pete wilson said...

The blog looks great. Just found you through Fran's blog.

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