“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes…..” (Romans 1:16)
“Whosoever, therefore, shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his father, with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38, Luke 9:26)
Little children are not ashamed of anything…. they often speak all sorts of things in public (to the great embarrassment of their parents)…. they can run around naked without any shame whatsoever…. at this age they have to be TAUGHT to be “ashamed” because it is not natural for them.
Teenagers are very SELF-CONCIOUS and desperately desire to FIT-IN with whatever their “peer group” does…. they readily modify their behavior and speech to whatever is the “common consensus”.
Older adults MAY “get over” this need to “conform” to the “rest of society” OR they may remain stuck in the “teenage mentality” for the rest of their lives (following the crowd and afraid to be different).
This is the “normal” psychology of human behavior…. of course, there are exceptions
As your relationship with God grows, it is natural that you would talk of Him in general conversation with those around you… so what stops you from doing this ?…. the attitude of those around you ?
Today you need to analyse your behavior…. in most countries you will not suffer persecution for speaking out and living for God…. and in fact, you may not even suffer verbal abuse, taunt or insult…. so what is it stopping you from testifying ?
It is the demons… who fill you with FEAR…. of shame… of ridicule…. of what other people will think of you… they use your SELF-CONCIOUSNESS and PRIDE to keep your mouth shut… so others will NOT hear the gospel of Christ…. so others will NOT know what the LORD has done in your life.
My friends, the Bible shows that this is a serious state of affairs…. your PRIDE and SELF-CONCIOUSNESS is hindering the work of the Holy Spirit through your life, in ministering to other humans…. and you need to pray for victory in your life so that you may help others.
I have found that people RESPECT those who are bold enough to REFUSE to conform to “popular consensus” because secretly they admire your courage (they know they are all wimps inside).
Like little children ….. SPEAK OUT TODAY…. do not regard in your heart “perceived” consequences of your action…. for in many cases the result is NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT….. and you will be surprised at how the Lord will work in your life towards others….. instead of being humiliated you will very likely receive honor.
Everyone fears humiliation….. but the Bible says “….. for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)
Today you need to overcome your fear of what other people think of you…. Have a Great Day … in the LORD.