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How can I be an effective witness for Christ in a lost world?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
A "witness" is someone who attests to a fact, so in order to be an effective witness for Christ, one must have firsthand knowledge of Him. John the Apostle speaks of this in 1 John 1:1-3, when he s...

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Me2012 Gerritt Schuitema Persecutor & Mocker transformed to Faithful Believer
Your desire is good, created in you by God. This is the Spirit of the Son in you. To manifest God to the world and to give the world a good picture of Him, that they might not meet us, but Him. That they might encounter His love and grace, and in seeing Him come to know Him. 

Your desire was given by God and as He is the Alpha and beginning of it, He is also the Omega, the End and goal, and all in between. So here is the hard truth, you cannot testify of God. 

The Bible is very clear on this, saying:

'I receive not testimony from man' - John 5:34

And in another place, speaking of the Holy Ghost:

'He shall glorify me' - John 16:14

Testimony of God, is and can only be given by God. This is first and foremost. 

Now, your testimony does not need to be a ten point sermon. Your testimony is first and foremost, your life. Your renewed life in Him, led by His Spirit (2 Cor 3:3)

The first practical step is to quit 'seeking' to tell Him to the world, and start seeking Him. Seek His presence and face. And when He, the Holy Ghost fills you, then, you will walk like Jesus, talk like Jesus, care like Jesus, have compassion like Jesus. This is first and foremost. 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' (Rom 8:14). And the entire world cries out for this exact thing! Indeed, all of creation groans waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. 

We need His Spirit, the Spirit of the Son, the Holy Ghost. And filled with Him, Jesus will be manifested to the world as a testimony unto them. The love of God will pour out from you and you will be like a tree growing up by a river of flowing water, who yields its leaves every season. And those leaves are for the healing of the nations. As our Lord said 'He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38).

You are called to be a Son (Rom 8:15-16). Your ministry is prayer, intercession and reconciliation. Now, march forward in that truth, as a son of God, looking to and adoring THE Son of God, and, being filled with His Spirit, His Love, you are free to love a dying and lost world. Free from looking for anything in return and free from expectation of re-payment. That is how the world loves, expecting something in return. That is not how we love. We love even our enemies and those who would smite us and use us, indeed, we are to love and forgive even those who crucify us, as or Lord loved and forgave us who put him on the cross (Luke 23:34). This is the kind of Love we need to fill us, and His name is Holy Spirit. He is that eternal Love, always existing between the Father and the Son. And this Love no one can take away from us, for they are not the ones who gave Him. So love unashamedly, love boldly. This is first and foremost. 

Secondly, allow His Spirit to fill you up and change you, fashion you, and remake you. Then, and only then, and only after you have loved on those around you so much they begin to ask you, 'why do you do these things?', 'why do you act like this?', 'how can you forgive this?', etc. THEN, then tell them, tell the world of your hope. Share the Love you know so well. Share the Love that has changed you! But know this, if what you are sharing has not changed you, know it will not change them.

Finally, be full of faith. He will come. He will testify. He has begun the work, He has given you the true desire. He will not now, after beginning the work, leave it unfinished. 'Be confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ'. 

I rest on one word:

'and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple' (Mal 3:1)

Even so come, Lord Jesus.

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