I have to tell you something.
It is going to sound really simple. And when you read it you are going to say, "I know."
But I need to tell you this, because I don't think we get it. I don't think we are living lives that show we know this.
You don't need to defend God's reputation.
I think that a lot of times the reason we are afraid to step out in faith when God asks us to is that we are afraid His power isn't going to show up. We then rationalize it with, "well if God doesn't move then they will think God is powerless."
You don't have to defend God's reputation. You aren't His protector. He is yours.
Cindy Jacobs puts it like this, "You don't need to defend a lion, just open the cage."
We live our lives trying to be politically correct and protect God's power and reputation to those around us. What we really should be doing is just letting them know who He really is, He'll take care of the rest. We just need to be faithful.
I have never regretted going up to someone asking them if they need prayer for anything. I have regretted not going to people. What if God wanted to use me to move in their live and I was too afraid God wasn't going to show up?
God give us the boldness to move when you say move. I don't want to live a life that isn't fully honoring to you. I don't want to waste any more of my time. I love you Lord.