Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Win Others to Belief in Jesus Christ




This morning in my prayer time, I asked the Lord to restore me to the joy of my salvation.   You see, I've been struggling for a long time because I "felt" like I had been telling so many people about Him and not seeing any change or acceptance on their part of Him and His glorious salvation.  I've been walking around like a downtrodden misfit in the Christian realm.

The Holy Spirit within 30 minutes was speaking to my heart telling me to just "plant the seed, Kim; it's not up to you to bring them in.  ONLY God can change lives.  How can people's lives be changed if you are only telling them about Him and not letting them SEE Him in you?"  Oh, the relief that flooded over me as my heart and mind took that in and accepted it as truth.  Truth that I personally read in my Bible.

For instance, I really, truly believe in the sanctity of life and that abortion is wrong.  Not everyone feels that way.  They have a right to believe that...even if they are wrong.

I believe in the sanctity of marriage as described in God's Word, between one man and one woman. Not everyone believes that.  They have a right to believe it, though; even if they are wrong.

I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me that we are living in days where I just have to be courageous, stand for what I believe in, plant the seed by living a holy life, loving God, really, truly loving others and not trying to convert them, but sharing the gospel of God's love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience and justice with them.   Show them God, and they will come.

The book of The Revelation says:

"But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

That is part of what I have been thinking about...being a coward.  A coward to say I believe it's wrong to abort babies; I believe it's wrong to change the way God chose to create a family...a man, a woman and their children.    I don't have to make other people change their way of thinking.  Only God can do that.  I just have to live what I believe!

1 Cor. 3:7  (NLT)  It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

I hope that truth sets you free.  It has me.  Today I don't have to convince anyone of God's anything.  I just have to live out my faith in Him, my belief in His goodness, my belief that He is coming again and my belief in His love and His many great and precious promises.  Someone else will come along and water that seed and if it is God's will, He will make it grow.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Death; It Visits Everyone.

With the death of Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and now Joan River, and my mother-in-law this summer, I thought I would share some thoughts I have about death:

We are all appointed to die one time (Hebrews 9:27) according to the Bible, and I believe that the time of our death is actually appointed by God himself.  Have you ever seen the movie, The Appointment?  It's a good one.  Check out its trailer:



When we die, according to the Bible, a person either goes to heaven or hell.  1 Peter1:4 tells us we have:

 an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Luke 12:6 tells us that we should not fear man but God:

But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.


What determines...or maybe I should say, who determines where we spend eternity, is Jesus Christ and what we have done with regard to him in this human life of ours.  Did we accept Him and surrender our lives to Him or did we reject Him and disregard Him?  John 14:6 says:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the waythe truthand the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It's sad, but yes, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Joan Rivers and even my mother-in-law were all subject to these same terms of examination, and if they had no relationship with Jesus Christ, they will spend eternity in hell.

The Bible also says that it is better to attend funerals than parties:

Ecclesiastes 7:2  Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart.
The Psalmist prayed in Psalm 90:12 that God would help him to number his days in order to gain a heart of wisdom.  Again, thinking about death is a wise thing to do.

I believe THIS BLOG is great food for thought concerning whether or not a person truly knows Jesus and has experienced being "born again".  Take time to read it.