Acts 24:14 Are You Willing To Admit To Worshipping God?

However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets. Acts 24:14

Admission of doing something is often not done by many people, because it often means that they are doing something wrong. As a whole, most people do not being known as going against the flow of common society.

Instead of admitting publicly what they do, people hide it and skirt around admission. They don’t want to be seen as a crazy or bad person.

Paul was being charged in court for doing wrong. After saying he is innocent of the charges, he admits that he is a follower of the Way (that the court believed was bad) and a believer in the Law and the Prophets.

Many people are very quiet about their belief in Jesus. They know that a lot of other people are against it, or think that they are against it, so they do not want to say anything about Jesus. They will not deny Christ, but neither will they be His witness. They fear repercussions or whiplash for their belief, or it is that they do not truly follow Jesus.

True believers are not afraid to make bold, public statements that they are following Jesus. Their lives are also being lived in a way that shows that if they made that statement, it would be able to be proven as true. There is evidence that they live for God.

Admitting that one follows Jesus will often open doors to persecution and ridicule. However, at the same time, it can open other doors for others to choose to believe in and follow Jesus.

If you are a believer in Jesus, are you willing to share that information with the world?

Do not live your life as a believer in secret, but let the world know. Do not deny Jesus by a sin of omission, by being quiet when you can speak. Shine the light that has been given to you, so that everyone has a chance to know Jesus.

Trust God when you make those statements that He will take care of you, should you have to go through any persecution.

What are you willing to admit to for the world to see?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not be ashamed to tell the world about Jesus; that there will be evidence of you believing in Jesus; and that you will trust God when any persecution comes to your life.

Jeremiah 14:20 Acknowledgement And Admission

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We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you. Jeremiah 14:20 

Recognizing or realizing the truth is sometimes a difficult thing to do. Doing so may convict a person as being guilty of something wrong, and no one wants to be in the wrong. No one likes to be guilty of anything.

In order to prevent feeling guilty, people will ignore what is actually being done. They will ignore their actions as though they do not matter in any way. Or they will blame their actions upon someone else or some situation.

Jeremiah admits guilt for himself and all the people of Israel. He acknowledges their wickedness and sin against God.

Most people see themselves as basically a good person, not great, but definitely not bad or horrible. They know that they have some faults, but nothing great in their eyes.

This sounds good, until one measures them up against the standard of Jesus, who was perfect. Every person has sinned against God, in fact, most have sinned a lot against God. Sin is being wicked and evil, even in the ‘smallest’ of sins.

One of the first steps in being a believer and follower of Jesus is recognizing and acknowledging that one is a sinner–wicked in sin. Bringing this into the open with God is acknowledging the truth that He already knows.

Suppressing or hiding the truth of sin in one’s life does not change the truth of it. Repentance can only come when one recognizes and acknowledges his sin.

Once a person acknowledges the sin, he can repent of it and turn to God. In turn, God can forgive the sin and wipe it away, bringing about salvation and life.

Every believer needs to be willing to acknowledge every sin he has, so God can bring about change and forgiveness.

You may already be acknowledging many of the sins in your life. Allow God to examine you and see if there are any other sins you are missing.

How do your thoughts, actions and words line up with those of Jesus? It is easy to sin and then ignore it. Do not ignore it, but bring it before God. He knows about it already.

God is right there waiting to forgive you and help you change, if you will allow Him. Do not try to hide your sin, but admit is and move forward with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will admit your guilt to God; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will accept God’s forgiveness in your life.