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DO NOT REFUSE HIM WHO IS SPEAKING

By Sr. Ann Shields, SGL – I want to speak to you today as if I were your mother or grandmother. I want to prepare your hearts for the coming trials. Let’s begin by focusing on the Scripture which speaks of God’s unshakeable kingdom:

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” this phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Heb. 12:25-29 (RSV).

Sister Ann ShieldsFirst, we need to distinguish what is shakable from what is unshakable. The aspects of our lives that are founded in Christ are unshakable. The shakable are the many things that work against us: our sins, our weaknesses, and our selfishness.

Neither you nor I know what’s coming down the pike. The best thing we can do is be very clear about what is shakable in us and do something about it in Christ. So that when that day comes, we will not be shaken.

We really have to look at our vulnerabilities. And we have to look at our sins. Not that we are going to eliminate them completely. But knowing them guards us against the work of the enemy because he always goes after what is shakable. Always. He weakens us and he frightens us. And he angers us. And all of our energy goes to dealing with those things rather than what God wants us to deal with.

There are times when I know I have fallen. But I remember one powerful experience when I stood for the Gospel and the effect that it had. I was in a very long Customs line. In the line next to me was a man cursing and swearing about all kinds of things just in normal conversation with other people. He kept using the Lord’s name in vain. This went on for a good 10 minutes.

Finally, I said to myself, “Well what are you going to do about this? Is God asking you to do anything about this?” I honestly felt pushed to walk over to him and say, “The name you are using so freely is the name of the one I love most in the world. God is the one I love most in the world and I would appreciate it if you would not speak of Him that way.” Utter silence followed. I went back and just stood in my line.

I took that one opportunity and since then it has been a lot easier. I didn’t have to criticize him. I didn’t have to get angry. I didn’t have to condemn. All I had to do was tell him what the name meant to me. I hope I see him in heaven. I hope it made a difference.

Are we ashamed of the Gospel? Are we ashamed of the truth? How many people are lost because we are silent? Some years ago, the Lord showed me hundreds of thousands of souls being lost because there was no one speaking. There was no one witnessing.

It takes time. We all have our vulnerabilities. We all have our weak spots. We need wisdom and discernment; when to do it, how to do it. But you can discern right into the grave and do nothing.

We have known God’s love. We have known his mercy. It is incredibly good news — news that the world needs. It doesn’t know it needs it. The world rejects the thing it most needs because it’s blind and deaf.

But if you are living the life that you profess to live, if you really are living it in your daily life, you literally become light in the darkness. You don’t see it. You’re the last one to see it. You will become light in the darkness. As it gets darker your light will shine out more and lives will be changed.

This article appeared in the September, 2015 issue of Renewal Ministries. Used with permission. It is an excerpt of a talk Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, gave at the Renewal Ministries’ 2015 Gathering.. The entire talk is available on CD or DVD at www.renewalministries.net or call 734-662-1730.

 

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