Wednesday, October 23, 2013

OTHERS AND GOD

Don't allow others to rule your life, allow God to rule your life concerning others.  

Then Paul says to the church in Corinth - Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. - 1 Corinthians 10:24.  Well, that seemed to blow my encouragement to bits until I read this verse in the New Living Translation - Don't think only of your own good. Think of other Christians and what is best for them. Did you catch the key word?  "Only" is the key-word.  We all know that each one of us will devote time and energy to ourselves, here the translation encourages us not to think "only of your own good", but to "think of other Christians and what is best for them."  I like that translation better.  Also notice it says for us to think of other CHRISTIANS.  The world needs our attention, but sometimes some of the local Christian expressions give outreach so much attention that the Christians themselves are neglected. 

Similarly Paul wrote to the church in Philippi and encouraged this body of believers - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. - Philippians 2:3  Then again in the very next verse he continues - Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:4  It is a mindset that leads to an attitude that leads to a lifestyle that Paul is promoting. 

The key is to minister to others while not getting caught up in what you think the perception of others is of you.  I know people like this.  They think to much of this perception of others when they should have the Eyeglasses of God on and looking at their own deeds, their own development, and others -  through those Godly lens.

So, what does God say in His Scripture about others?  I'm glad I asked for you.  Here is what my research found.

You can judge others, just be prepared to be judged in the same way.
  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:2
You can get preachy with others, just watch your attitude and practice what you preach.
  • No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. - 1 Corinthians 9:27
Instruct others.
  • But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. - 1 Corinthians 14:19
Be helpful to others.
  • Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. - Ephesians 4:29
  • And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. - 1 Corinthians 12:28
Encourage others.
  • He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. - Titus 1:9
Be merciful and show others the way of Salvation.
  • Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-- - Jude 1:21-23
Prophesy to others, serve others, teach others, encourage others, and help with the needs of others.
  • We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; - Romans 12:6-8
There are a few others that Christians are not to emulate.  Those individuals are any who are lazy, out of control, uninformed and do not display a lifestyle that separates them from the rest of the world after declaring their allegiance to God through Christ Jesus.
  • So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. - 1 Thessalonians 5:6
  • Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. - 1 Timothy 5:22
In summary, apply the Golden Rule - 
  • So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. - Matthew 7:12
You and I can be all He wants us to be for fellow Christians and non-believers by following these words of instructions mentioned above.  The trap of life to avoid in the meantime is what others think about you - your clothes, your possessions, your social status, your financial status, and the list goes on.  This is exactly what commercials are designed for - to tell you how you need their latest and greatest product and make you feel belittled if you don't have it.  This is a tactic of the enemy as well to get your attention off of how God sees everything - especially you and others.  It is wonderful to have feedback from co-workers, friends, and family on things you need feedback on - just don't make their response, their perception your foundation that you walk upon, build upon, or live upon.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. - 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

This foundation, His foundation, should be our foundation and we should all receive our perspective from here.

Friday, October 18, 2013

THE ANSWER

Trying to reason that we all believe in the same God on this earth is ludicrous.  If a person would put forth half a brain-cell and some quality time to the study of the different beliefs in this world, he/she would find that Allah, Buddha, and Jesus are not the same.  This all is relative movement makes every individual's truth - the truth.  Truth is singular, not plural and non-negotiable!  Wonderful for all of us God made it incredibly easy and told us point-blank who and what was The Truth - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6  

"The gospel is NOT, in my personal view, one option among many other valid options about the way to redemption and salvation. Jesus Christ is not an option, He IS the only way.

...the REAL issue IS NOT belief systems at all. Or even about being offensive, as damaging and callous as that can often be. The issue is far greater than any of that.

The real issue is a matter of " Life or death!" It seems to me that in scripture mankind has been offered an either/or [“Yes” or “No” if you will!] choice of whether we will accept redemption and eternal life in Christ. A "yes"brings inclusion. The opposing choice of "no" is rejection of Him with the result of...you get the picture I'm sure. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” [I Jn. 5:12]."  (
http://vtmbottomline.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-charge-of-exclusivism-and-answer.html)

It is not that humanity is o.k. and we need to better ourselves by seeking a path to God.  It is not about doing enough good in this world to earn a ticket into whatever any of us might consider paradise or heaven.  The Apostle John says it nicely - God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. - John 3:17-18

We messed up through one man - Adam.  God supplied the only answer - Jesus Christ.  If you haven't, I encourage you to raise your hand in this classroom of humanity and accept and confess The Answer today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

Remember the game King of the Mountain?  Somewhere on top of a hill, log, couch, or something was a person that took a position of control or dominance while another person(s) attempted to knock that King from his position and therefore become the new King.

You know God favors mountains (http://pritchardsplace.blogspot.com/2011/02/mountains-in-scripture.html). However, He is the only King that will not be moved from His Holy Hill.
  • You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. - Isaiah 14:13
God is speaking to the Accuser of the Believers in Christ.  Lucifer's move to be King of the Mountain not only failed, but failed miserably.  His demise is detailed in Isaiah 14:8-20.  Read it when you get the chance and the next time the devil reminds you of your past mistakes, remind him of his future.

However, there is coming a time when all mountains will be eliminated - Save Christ's.
  • Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. - Isaiah 40:4
  • The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. - Revelation 6:14
Then during the Millennial Reign of Christ, His mountain will be raised supreme.
  • The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. - Zechariah 14:10
  • The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. - Isaiah 11:6-9
Now, here is an analogy that the Lord placed in my spirit about this - 

We all are mountains on the landmass of humanity.  However, there are some of us who make-up a mountain-range called The Church of Jesus Christ.  This range is comprised of many peaks that all have their individual characteristics but when viewed together create a beautiful vista.  Some mountains are higher than others.  Some mountains are more traversal than others.  Our Creator loves variety and our Creator's Mountain is the highest and most beautiful in the mountain-range.

So, I encourage us all to get a head-start on the physical supremacy of Christ's Mountain in the future Millennial Reign and allow Christ through His Holy Spirit to be King of our mountain(s) now.  If you have read or know the end of the story concerning the before-mentioned Scripture (Isaiah 14:8-20), then you know it is most beneficial to surrender Kingship of your mountain to Christ than play King Of The Mountain.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A CERTAIN KIND OF FAITH

Re-read this account for me please -

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"  They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" - Mark 4:35-41

"Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat."

  • Interesting that Mark makes a point to state the Disciples "took him [Jesus] along in the boat". However, it is even more interesting Mark says the disciples would take Jesus - "just as he was". Was there some kind of clothing or travel gear that Jesus was supposed to change into?  What did that phrase mean?  I hear the song "Just As I Am" playing in the background here.

"There were also other boats with him."

  • Interesting that what is about to happen did not involve any assistance from the rest of the boats. Maybe because they were fighting for their lives also, but they still were not mentioned in any way.

"A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped."

  • The image you get of the kind of boats back then on a lake under these kinds of conditions makes you think this boat is half under water.  The interesting thing, NO, the Amazing thing is.....

"Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion."

  • Are you kidding me!  The tossing of a "squall" did not wake Him.  The coldness of water reaching over the boat's edge and drenching His body did not wake Him.  The wind from this storm did not wake Him. Look what woke Jesus!  


"The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

  • Try to place yourself in the shoes of the Disciples.  So, you are a miracle man!  So, you have compassion toward the people!  So, you have some sort of special mission from God and you are taking us along with you.  We are concerned for our lives here and how in the world you are doing it we don't know, but you are sleeping!?  You might not die out here but have you brought us this far with you to die in the middle of a lake?   
"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm."

  • First, Jesus shows His miracle working power in the situation despite what the Disciples are lacking. Jesus answered their call THEN molded them further.


He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

  • The key here is that Jesus was looking for a consistency of faith in His disciples.  Jesus' explanation, in the form of two questions, was not only that they did not have any faith in this situation, it was that they "still" had no faith and displayed this through being "afraid".  
I can hear Jesus elaborating to them and down through the ages I can hear Him elaborating to me - [Where was your faith at the last miracle you witnessed me give?  Where has been your faith through all the many miracles you have seen me do?  When you do find your faith in me, never let it go and always keep it fed with your own personal testimonies of my Faithfulness.  Remember, whenever your faith wavers in me I am always Faithful and have been Faithful and will be Faithful.]

Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Develop in me a consistent faith in you.  Let there be no more periods of doubt in my life.  Keep doubt and faithlessness at bay my Lord so that I may operate more effectively in the amount of faith you have given me. Please give me opportunities to exercise my faith so it will grow and mature into what you want it to look like.  In your name, Jesus, I pray - Amen.



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DISGUISED COMMONER

Jesus - His looks, His trade, and even His name were so common His abilities confused a lot of people, especially the supposed Jewish religious leaders of the day.

Concerning His appearance not matching up to their ideals of the prophesied Messiah.

  • He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. - Isa. 53:2-3

Concerning His job not aligning with their expectation of their King and Savior.

  • Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. - Mark 6:3
Concerning His Name, although it was an everyday name then, He has been the only one to live up to His name.  Examples of others who had the name of Jesus in Scripture are found in -  
  • Colossians 4:11 -  "Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings." 
  • Acts 13:6 - "They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,"
In the gospels when the name 'Jesus' is used it is generally stressing our Lord's humanity. It was a very common name and so much so, that when our Lord was referred to by that name it was often distinguished with the user adding phrases like "from Nazareth" or "the Nazarene." In Matthew 21:11 the crowd answers the question of who He was by saying, "This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee," and that because there were so many others who went by that name in the region.

Paul would frequently use the simple name "Jesus" because he was so often stressing His humanity. [See 1 Thessalonians 4:14 & 11 Corinthians 4:11-14] But because of His uniqueness, Paul the Apostle would also often add the divine title with that simple name making it, "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Jesus" which testifies to the fact that Jesus is the Christ and is, in fact, God Incarnate. The unique God/man. (http://vtmbottomline.blogspot.com/2013_07_01_archive.html)

Jesus was a common name and a common man as Jesus the Son of Man. His distinguishing mark(s) came as the Son of God.  He walked on water (Matt. 14:22-33), raised the dead (John 11:1-44), fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and two fish (Matt. 14:13-21), healed many from a variety of ailments (John 21:25), stilled the wind and raging waters (Mark 4:35-41), and had authority over demons (Matthew 8:28-34).  All of this and more before He gave His life for whosoever will believe in Him and His sacrifice for the sins of everyone past, present, and future.  Now Jesus is not so common.  Now He is "Jesus Messiah, name above all names, blessed redeemer, Emmanuel. The rescue for sinners, the ransom from heaven, Jesus Messiah, Lord of all (Chris Tomlin)".

Although He was plain in His looks; although He had a plain job; although there were many called Yeshua in the time of Yeshua Messiah, only one ever lived up to the meaning - Savior/Salvation.  As noted earlier, He was called Jesus of Nazareth and He secured my eternity with Him in Heaven through His death and resurrection.

"...Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." - Philippians 2:5-11



Monday, October 14, 2013

THRONES

It is a matter of perspective.  The Christian on his/her knees in physically surrendered attitude and prayer is the right perspective.  The throne of your mind needs to be relinquished to God.  The throne of your heart needs to be relinquished to God.  The throne of your soul (who you are) needs to be relinquished to God - for His control.

Why relinquish control?  Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up (James 4:10). Currently, I am watching a t.v. series called "The White Queen".  It is about the rise of Queen Elizabeth in England.  The more I watch this program, the more I realize we all are hungry for our own Thrones.  Ah yes! The allure of The Throne of England in "The White Queen" and I'm sure in reality was power, control, wealth, and prestige.  Sounds like the Throne of My Life and maybe the lives of many other Christians.

I have seen many who wanted a Savior/Hero to come save their souls from an eternity of torment and separation from God and He did that.  However, after they accepted what Jesus did on the cross for them they kept on living their lives the way they wanted to live them.  Christ may be their Savior from the eternal wrath to come but He is not their Lord or Master of their lives.

My life is so much better when I am off the Throne of My Life, when I am humble before the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is in control.  It is a message I have to hear and a lesson I have to learn over and over again to get it through my thick skull - unfortunately.  This enthroning God in my life means I consult my King in every thought.  This means I consult my King in every action.  This means I consult my King in every word.  This means I consult my King in everything.  If I do this, He promises "He will lift me up"!

Prayer:
Dear Lord,
I thank you and praise you that you desire not only to save me but help me live my life to the fullest, Godly potential!  I want to help you help me Lord, so I pray I am out of the way or getting out of the way right now.  I surrender the Throne of My Mind, the Throne of My Heart, and the Throne of My Soul to you King Jesus.  The Throne of My Life is yours and it is so much better in your hands anyway.  Please forgive me for the times I pridefully retake these Thrones.  Please prompt me the next time I am even leaning toward sitting back on my throne or Thrones.  In your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Friday, October 11, 2013

MY LADY

Back when I attended college there was no internet. So, when I wanted to keep in touch with Tanya and write a lot that was on my heart and mind, I would do just that – hand write a letter. I know, don’t faint, I do come from that generation. I hand wrote most of my letters. There were some I typed on a typewriter. Then the word-processor came along and I used it also. However, I would always end my letters to Tanya – Love, KSA. The KSA part stood for what she called me – her Knight in Shinning Armor.

Now-a-days it seems that Armor is “dulling”, but I try my best to keep it “polished”. I open doors for her, protect her from varmints (the insect kind), listen to her ideas and how her day went, love her, support her, and be a Godly man in addition to all this. I try to keep Chivalry and Christ’s mode of operation extended to my wife at all times.

I know I have not been perfect in this full-time endeavor but evidently she meant it when she said “I do” 19 years ago on October 15th and I am so glad and blessed she did. She is still with me, still loves and respects me, she still calls me her Knight in Shinning Armor, and I still call her My Lady.

Happy upcoming 19th Anniversary to My….. Lady Tanya.

Love,

KSA


WORK TO WORK ON

I understand that God through James encourages us - "you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." (James 4:15)  However, we can be hopeful and make tentative plans for the week.

Monday into Tuesday's work effort should be given the ole do unto it before it does unto you attitude - jump on your week with God's help.

  • As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." - John 9:4-5 
Now His Light shines through us by the power of His Holy Spirit.
  • Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord. - Romans 6:12

Now we are to work hard, putting our "best foot forward".

On Wednesday and into Thursday, mid-week is a great time to reflect on the last few days, being thankful you have made it this far, and looking forward to completing the week.  So, you keep your foot on the "best effort gas pedal" and move onward.

  • Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. - John 6:27

Be looking for opportunities to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," (1 Peter 3:15).

Friday's are for finishing strong for you and the Lord.

  • Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. - 2 Corinthians 8:11

Paul was addressing a church he knew had potential to finish or come through with flying colors (read that chapter). So with that same word I encourage all of us to don't ease up at the finish line of each week.

Other words of instruction from God to keep in mind while you work are:

  • Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. - Hebrews 13:17
Here the verse includes leaders that are of the world as well as those that are in the ecclesia or church assembly.  This next verse specifies those over us in the local church.

  • Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:12

In summary, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (1) Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (2) God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (3)

(1) Colossians 3:23
(2) 1 Corinthians 15:58
(3) Hebrews 6:10

Thursday, October 3, 2013

BY YOUR WORDS

IF anybody places a significant amount of weight or emphasis on their faith, yet everybody else can observe that person's language is foul and does not line up with how their faith says you should be speaking THEN that person has believed a lie and his/her testimony is worthless.

There are many ways we stumble in life.  Said another way, the perfect man is able to keep the rest of his mind, body, and spirit in harmony IF he never says a hurtful, incorrect, or sinful thing.  The tongue might be one of the smallest instruments on the body, taken as a whole, but it has the power to guide us into all kinds of trouble from the smallest of comments (spark) to the the most grandiose of speeches (boasts).  Ideas and things might start in our minds one way but by the time they get to our tongue for speech they come out another.  

With all that humanity has tamed, like the animal kingdom, one might think surely we could tame our own devices such as the tongue but alone no man can do this.  Scripture paints a vicious picture of the power and usefulness of the tongue when it says - "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." (James 3:6)  Is there any doubt?  I hear Christians of my own church praising our Lord and Father and not so long after that taking His name in vain/disrespectfully and or cursing men instead of praying for them.  James would ask - What kind of water-well are we?  Are we a fresh water well OR are we a salt water well?  Pick one or the other.  Stand for nothing and you'll fall for anything.  Stand for the wrong thing and you'll be damned. So, get it right - get your language right before God and men - "do not swear--not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned." (James 5:12)   

IF we can guard our mind - where we think about things and accept things from outside stimuli then we are one step in the right direction.  IF we can guard our heart - where we choose to believe what we read, hear and say then we are two steps ahead in the game.  IF we guard our tongue, because our speech is so naturally bad that Scripture again says - "It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." (James 3:8), then "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:38).  It is a partnership between the Believer and the Holy Spirit concerning the development of Holy and Righteous speech.  I encourage Christians to show you are a Christian By Your Words.

Paraphrase of James 1:26 and 3:2-12


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

THE UNVEILING

Believers in Christ, do you have a "Veil" covering up who you are in God? I encourage you, if you have a Veil - with God's help, remove it.
  • "Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.  We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.  Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.  But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:12-18) 
The dependencies in a persons life apart from God (i.e. peer acceptance, distrust, etc...) are a heavy determining factor in making-up a Veil and it's "thickness".  Skepticism and guardedness are alright to have in part but not as your whole personal make-up.  Balance is the key notion here.

God has a plan for every Believer and that plan is to influence the lives of those around them for His Glory. This influence can show itself in a range of manifestations - from a simple kindness of someone being taken out to lunch or helping someone move - to being there for them as they go through a divorce or when they finally make the decision to give their heart to The Lord. It requires genuine, authentic involvement in someone's life with your own Veil down or eliminated so that your extension of friendship, brother-ship or sister-ship is taken sincerely.  We all are called to share The Light, Jesus, with the world! As far as I can tell, nowhere does it say in Scripture that anybody (i.e. Pastor, Elder, Usher, etc..) has the exclusive responsibility for sharing the Good News with everybody.  Some are "planters". Others are "caretakers". And God is the "grower". (1 Corinthians 3:6)  But 1 Peter 3:15 admonishes all of us
  • "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," 
 And because Believers in Christ have the answer, we should not want to hide it in any way, shape, or form.
  •  "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
If you have a Veil, as a prayer and victory song - pray and sing Psalm 3:3, which says, "But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head."  You know that if God is your glory and the lifter of your head He can sure take care of that Veil and allow His Light to shine through you!