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Can I Get A Witness?!

Can I get a Witness?

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!             1Chronicles 16:9 NKJV

O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.                                                                                                                   Psalms 71:17 NKJV

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!                     Psalms 105:2 NKJV

Can I get a witness? Can you tell me what the Lord has done for you? Or, would that be bragging? In the sight of pain, confusion and stress around us would cheerfully telling people what the Lord has done for you come across as bragging? It shouldn’t!

In fact God commands it!

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven”.                                                                                  Matthew 10:32 NKJV 

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.                                     Mark 16:15 NKJV

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”                                                                                                  Acts 1:7-8 NKJ

In the sight of pain, confusion and stress around us today would cheerfully telling people what the Lord has done for you come across as bragging? It shouldn’t!

At this time, more than ever, we need to spread hope and encouragement. What better why to do so then to recount the dark and hopeless place God saved you from. I, obviously don’t know you, but I am certain that if you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Saviour and Lord, you went through something that only He could have saved you from.

Maybe it was the darkness of self doubt and confusion. Or perhaps some type of sickness or disease. Maybe you suffered from the hopelessness of addiction or the powerlessness of watching a loved one suffer. Perhaps you don’t consider what you went through very significant or great.

I am here to tell you that Did loves you and was with you through all the pain and hurt you experienced. He was there and He did what others could not. From His vantage point He held you up and saw you through even if you didn’t know it at the time. Where you are now is because of His love for you. Where you are now is a testimony of His love for you. Whatever it was that you went through it was meant to bring you back to Him and give glory to Him.

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.                                          John 9: 1-3 NKJV

The 9th chapter of Johns’ Gospel gives us an example of how God intervened in the sufferings of one man and the result was glory to God. The man was born blind and was well known around the city. His parents, when they were questioned about his new found sight, said that he was of age so ask him yourself. This tells us that he was at least 21 years of age. So, this man was born blind and lived this way for 21 years (or more) so that God could be glorified through him. His years of suffering were ended in a moment and his eyes were opened to both natural sight and the truth of who Jesus was. He did not lament the years blind or the what-ifs that past him by for years. He does give a matter-of-fact testimony of what God had done for him. Was this bragging? I don’t think so.

It has always been my opinion that the answer to the eternal question – “why me!!!!”- is that you will not learn from other peoples experience. Admittedly, that a fairly cynical way of thinking. The Gospels show us that people can learn from the experiences of others. That only serves as further proof of the importance of witnessing. Whether you go door to door or stand on a street corner or just share your good news with your circle of friends and co-workers, tell someone what the Lord has done for you. Tell them that He is no respecter of persons (He does not discriminate or play favorites) and if He did it for you He will do it for them.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.                                     Mark 16:15 NKJV


Be Blessed A&B

” what does god need with a starship?”

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Capt Kirk interrupts a conversation between Spock’s half brother, Sybok,  and an entity he believes to be god. The entity wants to take control of the Starship Enterprise to deliver his message to all the universe. Kirk interrupts by asking the obvious question –

“uhhh, Excuse me, but what does god need with a starship?”

Well, we all know that God, the real and only One True God, does NOT need a Starship but I site this as an example of how foolish some thoughts about God can be. God does not need any means of transportation. He does not need a home or a bed to rest His head. He does not need anything at all. Another thing we misguidedly think God needs but doesn’t is a defender!

It is true that many wars and crusades have taken place in God’s name. Families have been divided and people have died for the cause of defending God. Although Jesus told us that He would cause such divisions nowhere does He tell us to Go, force Christianity down all the worlds throat and if they don’t believe – kill them!

He did, however, tell us to –

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 NKJV

and when He sent the 12 out Jesus instructed them

 “Stay at one home in each village—don’t shift around from house to house while you are there,” he said. 11 “And whenever a village won’t accept you or listen to you, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave; it is a sign that you have abandoned it to its fate.” Mark 6:10-12 TLB

So, we are in fact called to be witnesses of God. Giving testimony to what the Lord has done for us and how our lives have been positively affected by His Love. We are supposed to be salt, light and a city on a hill. Our lives should exemplify the teachings of Christ. That is enough for us to accomplish.

When we are confronted by those who do not believe we should not attempt to convert them or change them. Jesus said that we should be witnesses nothing more. I can tell you what I believe based on my own experience – that’s all. I have done my job. The Word of God tells us that one man plants a seed, another waters that seed but it is the Lord that gives the increase.

I, myself, vehemently opposed hearing the testimonies of believers when I was a lost defiant young man. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t believe in a god – I just didn’t believe in the God of the Bible. I certainly didn’t need to follow whatever God YOU were selling! I was lost in my sin and blinded from the truth. God in His Love opened my eyes and delivered me from my own foolishness.

So, the next time you are standing across from someone who is certain that you are a fool for believing in Jesus and the Bible, try to remember that they are not your enemy and you are not God’s Defender.  God had a plan for me that was revealed in His time and He has a plan for everyone which will be completed – In His Timing

Live Love Pray

Live your life to the glory of God

Love your neighbor as yourself

Pray for the lost like their life depends on it

Sing and dance and laugh and hope

because you are blessed and highly favored

and remember God will defend Himself

and make all His enemies His footstool

Thank you for stopping by and be Blessed, Al


Ps – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science-fiction film released by Paramount Pictures and is copyright protected and used here as editorial reference only.