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What’s Your Witness? Do Others Know You Are a Christian?

During a recent edition of my weekly men’s bible study our leader posed a thought-provoking question, the kind each of us needs to revisit on a regular basis. What’s your Witness. Wow! What an invasive question. How dare someone ask me such a thing. I mean I go to church, pray before meals and am a known Christian. Why would I think about this?

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Well, for me, it stems from another part of this same week’s class and a piece of the lecture where we heard about a study completed in a neighboring county. Of the roughly 100,000 residents in this county, only 20% told the survey that they attended church. I was flabbergasted the number was so low. I mean I knew it was dropping, but not at this rate. The trend has been steadily worsening and shows no signs of stopping.

So how important is it for us to be a witness for Christ? The Great Commission tells us to tell everyone we meet about Christ, His love and the salvation offered through Him.If you are a Christian you know this is due to another sharing the good news of Christ’s love and offer of salvation with you. Whether it came about in a revival, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, at church camp or somehow in your day to day interaction, someone cared enough to invest the time necessary to give you the right amount of information to make an informed choice. I have never met a Christian who has regret from making this choice. To choose to serve Christ and then follow that choice up with investing in the time to learn more is something that will open up a future for you that is beyond your wildest dreams.

A large component of being a Christian however, is acting like one at all times, not just when you are expected to or around your other Christian friends. I tell my children as well as the youngsters in the Middle School age Sunday School class as well as my daughter’s teen age friends from church that it is vital to always “wear” your Christian persona.

My favorite example is this and I use it often with my teen age daughter as well as the kids in the Middle School Sunday School class my wife and I teach at church. My wife’s best friend is a girl I went to school with for about ten years. We weren’t great friends then, maybe just good acquaintances. Today my daughter and her daughter have been best friends for 16 of their 18 years. What if I had not acted in a Christian way and treated her badly all those years ago. We may never have had such a wonderful connection between our families. I love her girls as if they were my own and I feel like they have the same affection for my family.

I will share one more example before I close this post. I used to work at a distribution center in Piney Flats, TN for Fingerhut. You remember the Fingerhut catalog that used to come by mail? You could order basically anything you wanted and pay for it for a few dollars a month. Well, my experience there confirmed I was reflecting my Christian values. I had been working on one side of the huge 1 million square foot building and got the opportunity to take a promotion. The people I worked with had a small  send off and one of the things they handed me was a card that said basically, we appreciate your Christian faith and the way you live what you believe. There was some other, more tangible gifts, but those words meant more than a million dollars to me.

The thing about a Christian walk many people don’t appreciate is that you can work on it your whole life and blow it with one misplaced episode. You have to remain vigilant to stay on the narrow path every day in every situation. The Enemy knows your weaknesses and will try to cause you to stumble, especially if you prove to be a worthy foe. If you would like to know a great way to practice your Christian faith please check out my post called The J.O.Y. Principle.

 

 

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2016 A to Z – Y – Yahweh

 

 

yGod. Holy One. Heavenly Father. These are all names we use to identify the One who created all we see and hold dear from nothing. These are only a very few of the different names attributed to our omniscient, omnipotent and omniscient creator. Perhaps one of my favorites is Yahweh. Our God is made no greater or lesser by the name we choose to address Him. But, it is important we know him by a common name.

15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:15King James Version (KJV)

Yahweh is the proper name of God in the Old Testament. I think I was a young teenager when I heard the named used in the church of my youth, a Methodist Church in Virginia. We did not have any Catholic influence, except maybe what you will as a course of life, but this name is explained more on the Cathlic.org website if you would like more information.

As I said previously, God is not magnified or diminished by the name we use to call on Him. He tells us to make Him the most important person in our life. This action is the paramount requirement for us in our lives. Just as God’s presence cannot be affected by His name, we cannot do anything to make Him love us more or less than He does right now. Did you get that? Yahweh loves you as much right now as He ever has and as much as He ever will. That does not mean you have a scaled love based on your actions or accumulation of good works. It means God’s love is constant and eternal, just like Him.

 

 

2015 A to Z – I – Idolatry

Welcome back for Day 9 of my 26 part favorite bible verses that explain my beliefs about the bible and faith in Jesus Christ. Late last year I joined a local bible study group that had the subject of Moses’ life and the first five books of the bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. While I can say I have read a lot in Genesis and more than usual in Exodus the other books were certainly consider in the neglected list as far as my reading is concerned.

There was a particular subject in this study that is a repeated warning:

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The Israelites repeatedly had issues with idols. While Moses was away, up on the mountain with God receiving the Ten Commandments the Israelites turned to their idols and fashioned a golden calf. Did they know better? Sure, it was a regular point of teaching. We can compare that to ourselves. While it is unlikely we have a golden calf or other graven statue in our homes, we have just as much of an issue with idols.

Anything that comes between you and God is an idol. Work, play, money, time and any number of things can become an idol. We have to learn how to put God first. We expect God to bless us with the best of everything, how can we not give the same?

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How do we avoid idolatry? By making the worship of God a priority. We must learn what idolatry is and how it creeps in. The bible has repeated teaching in many books, both in the Old and New Testaments. We must not think that Jesus coming to earth as a sacrifice ended the desire to worship an idol. I try very hard to keep my worship directed toward God and not any man made thing.

2015 A to Z – H – Heaven

There is quite a bit to digest so far in the topics I have selected for the 2015 A to Z Challenge. You have read about Admit, Believe and Confess. Forgiveness, Grace and that you should not deny Christ. Now let’s talk about the reward for doing what the bible and of course God instructs us to do.

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This quote is Jesus speaking. He is promising to go prepare a place for anyone that chooses to follow him. Where is he preparing this place? The only eternal home I know of and want to be in when my earthly life ends, Heaven. There is a lot of discussion about whether Hell exists. Well, if you are a Christian you know there is a Hell and also a Heaven. Really it is a simple choice to make. You either spend eternity in one or the other.

As I have shared in previous posts, it is easy to choose Heaven. It is as simple as inviting Jesus into your life and committing your life to following him and his instructions as they are found in the Holy Bible.

2015 A to Z – C – Confess

Here you are for day 3 of the A to Z. What is it they say about how long to form a habit!

Confess with your mouth you accept Christ as your Savior. Savior? From what am I saved?

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Death? God will save me from death? Not exactly. A relationship with God will save you from being separated from God forever. That is the death to which Romans 6:23 refers. You see separation from God means you do not live forever with him in heaven.

FOREVER! Take a minute to fathom the word and its full meaning. How long will time last? God is eternal, meaning there is no beginning or end. So being with God forever means, well forever. No end. Time will not stop. On the other hand, if you choose to ignore God and choose not to accept you are assured of eternal torment. There is an alternative to heaven. It is called Hell. This is not the mythical place you might hear others tell someone to go. It also isn’t anything like what people will say they are going through.

It is a place no one wants to find as their final destination. How do i know? Because I believe every word between the covers of my  bible and there is plenty enough teaching to convince me it is nowhere I want myself, my family, friends or anyone else to be.

At this point you have read about the main tenets of ABC: Admit, Believe and Confess. Confess your sins and you are assured of heaven. Because you have Believed and invited Jesus into your life.