Have you ever wondered why we sometimes feel like sticking our head in the sand? Most likely it is because we aren't preaching the gospel.
St. Francis of Assisi once said, "Preach the gospel. If necessary use words." Nothing could be further from the truth. It is necessary! The word confess in the Greek, "homologeo," means to profess. Preaching the gospel means to utter the good news to another in person with our mouth (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3-4)! "For... It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21 & Mk 16.15)."
The importance of confessing Christ cannot be overemphasized. When we confess Christ to others in person with our mouth He confesses us before his Father in heaven. But when we deny Him before men he denies us before his Father which is in heaven (Mt 10.32-33). It only stands to reason that we feel bad when we disobey Christ's command to, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)."
When we utter the gospel to another in person with our mouth, as the Apostle Paul did, we get the same results. He wrote, "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes (Rom 1.16)." "How shall they believe in him of him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher (Rom 10.14)?"
Paul linked confessing Christ with our salvation (Read Rom 10.9.). According to the Apostle John we are not of God if we are not confessing Christ (See 1 Jn 4.3.). James, the brother of Jesus, wrote that we are blessed (happy) by doing the work (James 1.25). What is the work? Seven billion people must have the gospel preached to them before the end comes and Christ returns to take us to be with him forever (Mk 16.15, Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18).
We live victoriously when we confess Christ before men, for He confesses us before his Father in heaven. But when we deny Him before men He denies us before God and we become defeated (Read Eph 6.11 & 15).
Daily ask others if they have heard the good news and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." Confess Christ!
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