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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Lies that hinder us from witnessing

If you have a desire to share your faith but don't, you might be buying into a lie. The enemy uses lies to keep us from sharing the Gospel with others. It is important that we seek out God's truth - from His word - to be set free from lies and to share the Gospel without restraint. Here are three commonly believed lies and, more importantly, the truth that comes from God:
Lie #1: I am not worthy to share the Gospel message.
The truth: You have been chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God: "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9). If God chose you, you are certainly good enough to share the Gospel! Remember: "I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).

Lie #2: I should be ashamed to share the Gospel with my friend or family member because they know my past failures - they know I'm not perfect.
The truth: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through Christ's forgiveness, you are a new person. You once lived in darkness but Christ brought you into His glorious light. This is the greatest testimony of all! If you can be a new person, they certainly can too! Remember: It's not about you or your shortcomings: It is about God's goodness. Take the spotlight away from you and point it to Christ. Because of Christ, we no longer need to live in shame and neither do they! "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7)..

Lie # 3. I'm not knowledgeable enough to share. I won't have all the answers.
You don't need a degree to be a witness of Christ. He has done amazing things in your life. All you need to do is go and tell your story of what He has done for you. He is so good! And, just by having a couple verses highlighted and ready, you will have the whole story ready to tell! The Gospel:
"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4).

When they say, "Wow, I want what you have. How do I get that?"

Romans 10:9 -10: "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

Do not believe these lies that you are unworthy or unable to share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. God has given us the power and has given us His Spirit that is with us always, making all things possible:

"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).

From: Lutheran Hour Ministries "Equipping Newsletter"

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