Hello blog readers. I had a conversation tonight after prayer service at my church that I want to share. I believe it will bless someone.
One of my sister’s in Christ asked me for advice in how to effectively share the gospel to a particular person. The person she wants to share with is a co-worker, and a Jehovah’s Witness. The reason she asked me for advice is because I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness until my teenage years. Although I stopped going to the Kingdom Hall, I carried many of the beliefs that I was taught with me for the majority of my life. Ultimately, the only One who can undo and correct a lifetime of teaching is the Holy Spirit.
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
In my earlier years, I wouldn’t have believed that I had a heart of stone. Because of what I was taught, I rejected the gospel of Christ dying, and rising up to purchase a place in heaven for me. My heart was stone, and I was unaware. I’m in awe of what God did to my heart. He kept His word.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
You want effective change? Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the most powerful tool we have as believers.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Pray for others to come to know Christ in an intimate way. Pray for them to experience the goodness of having a relationship with God. Prayer isn’t just about yourself. God wants us to pray for others.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
If you don’t know how to have an intimate relationship with God, I strongly encourage you to cultivate a prayer life. The more you pray, the more He will become real to you. God loves when we come to Him in prayer just to talk. He loves when we come to Him in prayer to give Him honor and praise. God expects us to come to Him in prayer when we need things, because He is a Provider and a loving Father. And, He loves when we pray for others to come to know Him. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.
If there are family members or friends in your life that you want to know Christ, and they aren’t seemingly interested — your job is to pray for them. Love them, and trust God to open hearts in His timing.
Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
Hello blog readers. This blog article is for me, and hopefully will also encourage you. I woke up a few nights ago in the middle of the night thinking about the word “logo”. It seemed random at first. As I drifted back off to sleep, I heard the Holy Spirit ask, “Who do you represent?”
Every one of us represents something, whether we intend to or not. The way I act, talk, react, and even think represents who I am. My life is a brand, and so is yours. And, if I have surrendered my life to Jesus, that brand should represent Him.
brand: a particular identity or image regarded as an asset
1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Meditate for a moment on how wonderful that scripture is.
chosen: having been selected as the best or most appropriate
As children of God, we’ve been given an identity in Christ Jesus– and we are God’s special possession. You and I are His special chosen possession! 🙂 Do you know how privileged that makes us?!!
Ephesians 1:5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will
He decided a long time ago (predestined) that He wanted us to be His sons and daughters. That is His will, and it brings Him pleasure. What a blessing to be wanted and loved by the Most High!! He chose you. As His children, by default, we become ‘living logos’ for the Lord. Let us represent Him well.
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
In the the way I love, forgive, respond to, tolerate, disciple, and engage others, I want to represent Him well. I don’t always get it right. I write these things to encourage myself because I need help with some of them.. all of them. Truthfully, it’s something I will need help with for the rest of my life. And, I’m grateful that He reminded me that my identity is important to Him — because I belong to Him.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.