For the past couple of weeks we have being doing the “Equipped To Share” series and it’s been such a blessing to do this home study with a great group of ladies. This past week our homework was to memorize the gospel. The idea behind this is that if we commit to memory the salvation message, when the opportunity arises to share it will take some of the fear and anxiety out of it. I’ve been walking with the Lord over eleven years and it still is a bit intimidating to share with others about Jesus. For me, fear comes from the unknown, “What if they ask me a question I don’t know the answer to?” “What if I can’t remember the verses?”, “What if I stumble over my words?”, “What if they think I’m crazy?”or worse “What if they reject me?”
There are so many reasons we can give for not sharing the gospel but they mean nothing in light of the one reason we should share.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
So here’s a couple of tips on sharing your Faith with others.
- Share simply.- Share what you know! There is no extra credit for complicated theology. Jesus Christ Crucified.
- Prepare to share.- There are a lot of ways that you can share the gospel for example The Wordless book, Romans Road, The Four Spiritual Laws. Pick one that is easy for you to memorize to help you share the gospel. Below is the Salvation Steps by Pastor Greg I find this one the easiest to remember.
- Realize you’re a sinner
- Recognize Christ died for you
- Repent of your sins
- Receive Christ as Savior and Lord
- Just do it!- Seriously the only way to get over the fear is to share with many people, the more you share with the more comfortable you will be and the easier it will become.
Who will you share the Gospel truth with this week?
John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Many of us have recently set our New Year’s Resolutions and/or goals for 2013. We were excited for the new start and the freshness of a brand new year. Whether it’s daily exercise, daily prayer, daily bible reading, eating better, even letting go of an addiction or simply not yelling at the kids today, it’s a battle over our own flesh. Unfortunately, many of us may have already fallen short of some of those goals. Personally, I have not done all that I had planned to and it’s only a few weeks into the New Year. But thank the Lord for his grace and mercy. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness”. He is faithful even when we are not.
So, don’t be discouraged. Instead, be committed in those areas the Lord has called you to change or to continue in. Confess your sins to God, because he is faithful to forgive. Ask Him to fill you with His spirit so you can overcome temptation and press on, being set free to do His good and perfect will.
In having a relationship with Christ Jesus, we don’t have to be a slave to our old self, our old bad habits, or our old sinful ways. We can have victory in Jesus. As Paul says in Romans 6:11, ”Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We are made new in Him. Don’t give up. Be obedient to live the life God has called you to. Commit your ways to Him. He has set you free from the bondage of sin and given you hope. Yield to His Holy Spirit daily and watch what He does, how He changes you and how He blesses you. Watch how you are set free in knowing Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
2012 was a year of hardship and losses for me. Losing my job was a difficult thing for me because I didn’t understand what God was doing and it was hard to accept the fact that I had lost my job. I started to seek the Lord on where He wanted me and what His will was for my life. The Lord started showing me areas where I could get involved in at the church, where I could step out of my comfort zone and get plugged in, because now I had more time on my hands. If I had been working I would have been too busy to get involved.
It’s been over a year and I’m still not working. I’m not quite sure what the Lord wants to do in my life as far as a job. But through this whole time I have trusted God for His provision and on what He is doing and I know that something will come up in His timing. For now, He is taking me on a journey of stepping out of my comfort zone and having that closer walk with him.
If we put our trust in God He is faithful to guide us. He wants to guide us because He has only the best for each one of us and He knows all things about us. Our understanding is limited to this world and what we know for this day, but God sees the bigger picture. He knows what is ahead of us. Can you imagine that? All we have to do is let go of all our worries, ideas, and needs and trust God. He will take care of it all and give us a peace that is unexplainable.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”
So may we be planted in the Word of God. May we trust Him to lead us and guide us so that when times of difficulty come we will not be easily moved because the Word is hidden in our hearts.
I remember when I was a teenager I used to listen to the top 100 songs of the year on New Year’s Eve – these thoughts would bring nostalgia and sadness that a whole year is gone. As I got older my thoughts no longer where about the top 100 songs, but of people who went home to be with the Lord, people who left for the missionary field, or people who backslid …
Now I consider Psalm 84:5 which says, "Blessed is the man (woman) whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage." I am on a journey for home, I need to set my heart on His pilgrimage by pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
I remember Jean McClure said that on this pilgrimage our suitcases can get filled with the pressures of life and become so heavy our pilgrimage gets weighted – but in Philippians 3:13-14 Paul said he forgets those things which are behind and reaches toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus – Our relationship with Christ.
The year 2012 is finished, now I look forward to what the Father has in store for 2013 – I press toward the goal. How do I forget the past and press toward the goal?
Invite, Believe and Serve
Check back next Friday for another devotion by our women’s ministry team. We are calling this series of devotions, “Treasures for a woman’s heart” from Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” We pray that you are blessed and encouraged by these short devotions.