… and if necessary, use words.

Therefore… “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify the Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV  …recap from “5:16” Wake up Call

14“And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.  15‘For you will be a witness for Him to ALL MEN of what you have seen and heard.  (Acts 22:14-15 NASB)

 14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  (Matthew 5:14-15) 

… and if necessary, use words. 

I cannot tell you how many times I have prayed “Lord take me first before I give a poor witness of You.”  And prior to open prayer, I would repetitiously pray “Lord, fill my mouth with Your words, that I may speak You.  Fill my mind with Your wisdom and discernment, that I may discern.  Fill my heart with your love, that I may witness Your divine nature.  And equip me with Your armor, that I may walk in confident faith.” … that I may not cause pain.  Ok, that last part was added on from 1 Chronicles 4:10, but you get my drift.   [Stay with me, I may be going somewhere.] 

To the point… Often we think we have to tell people everything we know about Jesus.  That in leading them through a salvation prayer, knocking on a door and saying “Do you know Jesus?”, or giving them the Good News, personifies the ‘good witness’. 

In my case, it was going to every Bible Study, church service (several churches), cooperative worship or prayer gathering, conference, baptism, fellowship meal, or picnic.  [I’m sure I must have left something out.]  I would go to everything I could feasibly get to or drag my kids to. 

The problem was/is, in thinking I was going to serve others, a heaping helping of God [… and often, with words], I missed the part about LIVING.  It became clear when in worship I heard Him say… “Stop striving and BREATHE ME!”  “Don’t tell them Julie, show them!”  “It’s not about you.  It’s about ME.  I AM Grace.”  OK, Reality… √!

Granted, obedience to the Spirit is of upmost importance.  So pray without ceasing that you may discern the Lord’s heart and desires, on your behalf.  If HE says “Go”, GO; “Do”, DO; “Be Still”, BE STILL!  Don’t let anyone else define who you are in Him.  If you need further help on any of these issues, seek a trusted brother or sister in Christ for discerning prayer.

“Don’t tell them, show them!” is not to say that you should ‘be a show’, but a Living Testimony of your presence in God’s kingdom.

  … and if necessary, use words. 

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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