My guest writer today is Barbara Harvey Carter, an Author, Registered Nurse, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and AODA Counselor. She enjoys Christian counseling, speaking and participating at Christian and community events. She has a passion for women’s issues and a burden for victims of domestic abuse because “it hurts and destroys individuals and families!”
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Ephesians 6: 19 (NLT)
And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike
I wonder if any of you are like me – love the Lord, pray every morning and night, read and study the Bible, attend Sunday School, service, and Bible study – yet when it comes time to witness you get tongue tied. Pray for me that God will give me the right words to boldly explain his mysterious plan of salvation to whomever God directs me to.
I worked with a Jewish guy in early two-thousand. I openly expressed my views and beliefs as a Christian at the workplace. I didn’t force it on anyone but I was not ashamed to let them know that I believed in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Well, one night, the young man asked me about my beliefs and I attempted to explain (not knowing it was a trap to debate with me). I felt like he had prepared for a debate and I hadn’t because he had persuasive, disagreeable responses to all of my comments. We battled (that’s what I felt like it was) back and forth for about an hour until I got frustrated after realizing that he wasn’t really interested in Christianity but wanted to point out discrepancies in the Bible, Biblical stories, and argue that God couldn’t be real if He allowed all of the wars mentioned in the Bible.
I tell you, I went home exhausted after work; and also disappointed in myself because I didn’t think I had represented Jesus very well. I felt like I had lost the ‘debate’ and the battle. It took some praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal to me that it was indeed a spiritual battle I was in and that I didn’t lose the battle; I just lost ‘that’ war!
Keep the faith and don’t let Satan deceive you into thinking you’ve lost because you didn’t witness as powerfully as you’d wish. Or you didn’t win the other person over. Remember, it’s not our job to convince or convert. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job. We’re to tell them about the work of Jesus on the cross, the mysteries of salvation, how much God loves them, and how He has changed us.
Move Self out of the way.
P.S. I still wish I could have explained to the young man that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.
Thanks Barbara, for sharing this with us. I think you speak for many of us when it comes to witnessing. I know that’s true for me. I’m much better at writing about my faith than talking about it. That’s one of the reasons I have this blog! I’d love to hear how others have overcome this weakness or what you’ve learned about it.
GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!