A Comeback

I struggled to find my faith there for a while after you left
I didn’t understand why God had to let it happen
In the end it turned out to be a misunderstanding
I listened to the songs that played all the feelings, read all your poems and professions that you actually loved me
I wish I could block the memories that we have, I don’t want them anymore
I’m not sleeping lately and I blame you for it
It’s been two years since I’ve had any peace, I’ll never forgive you this
I want to hurt you like you’ve hurt me June 25th
I once thought a day without you would be my darkest
I’ve stepped off that plane now and onto the wings of revenge
If it wasn’t for me, nothing good in your life would’ve existed
My bones are trembling, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the old messages
You want to talk again and you’re so persistent
Anger quakes in the depths of my heart as I remember all your stupid sorries and emails of regret
I don’t feel compassion anymore, you didn’t care if you lost me
My heart is still dripping warm in your cold hands, how can it still be alive for you?
I want to shoot it first and then again to make sure it’s really dead
It didn’t have to end this way, why do you still pretend like it can be us again
My tears are burning in my throat and the hate for this boils over

I just want you to know
I’m still alive, but I’m not same
I didn’t lose everything, just the unnecessary weight

I actually did survive, I can’t believe it
But if it wasn’t for you, these nightmares would’ve never existed

Idolatrous Consequences

I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19

What is Idolatry?

An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God – the God of the Bible. Essentially, you would be “adding to”, “replacing”, “distorting the image of” or “taking away” from God by resorting to an idol that you believe satisfies where God cannot, and upon this deadly sin brings a curse.

SIMPLY PUT: YOUR IDOL EMBODIES WHAT OR WHO IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN GOD.

In 2 Chronicles 33, we are introduced to Manasseh, the son of a Godly man, Hezekiah, who became king at a mere 12 years old; father and son ruled their kingdoms in stark contrast. King Hezekiah led the people and his family in worship and fellowship with the Lord, destroyed idols, held fast to the Lord’s commandments, and put the Lord first in all that he did. King Manasseh, however, initially did not strive to please the Lord at all. King Manasseh did evil in the sight of God (v. 2) upon rebuilding idolatrous high places, alters for false gods, and murdering, or aborting, his own children.

because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…”
Romans 1:25

Some people are happy having the appearance of being close to God. In verse 4, Manasseh built [pagan] altars in the house of the Lord (the church). He wanted to seem as if he was indeed spiritual and in fellowship with the Lord like his father, but in reality, culturism had taken root in King Manasseh’s heart. From Manasseh’s day to this very moment, God is daily insulted by people who enjoy the culture too much to destroy their idols, but they continue to go to church, His house, hoping that God will understand, approve of, or simply pay no heed to their divided heart.

Whatever it is that gives that feeling that we can’t live without
The joys we try to get that only God can give we highly doubt
What allures and arouses the heart we can’t figure out
But it’s the quickest way to account for what we prize
And are most proud about

Messiah, by Beautiful Eulogy

If you think about it, what or whom in everyday life do you depend on? Is it your job, money, your spouse/children, hobbies, goals, or technology? God has given us blessings in order to be a blessing, but we often turn and make general gods out of those blessings. God does not fall somewhere on a list when it comes to organizing who or what is first in your life. He should not even be number one on your list of gods. He should be the only God in your life. What does your heart long for the most? God has created many things for us to enjoy, which we should enjoy and praise Him for! But we shouldn’t allow those things to take the place of our satisfaction in the Lord.

But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
Phil. 3:8-9

So.
How do you go about dismantling the idols in your life? First comes first: repent. Acknowledge that God is God and you are not, that mere creation is not.  Is. 40:25 says, “‘To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One.”  You cannot love (insert idol) and God simultaneously. Loyalty cannot extend both ways and you will be a slave to one or the other. Secondly, what stands in the place of God in your life? Power, control, comfort, or approval? What elevates itself to the God-position? Get that figured out by honestly searching your heart as painful as it might be.

Now the Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. So the Lord brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks [through his nose or cheeks] and bound him with bronze [chains] and took him to Babylon. But when he was in distress, he sought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his pleading, and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.
2 Chronicles 33:10-13

Humble yourself before God. Listen to Him.  In verses 10-13 Manasseh came to realize that when everything was taken from him, including these idols, what was the MOST important to him, he had nothing left. He’d hit rock bottom, and he had come face to face with the realization that God was only One who is faithful, who is the only One that could deliver him, the One who his father, King Hezekiah raised him to know. Manasseh couldn’t call on his gods to save him. Manasseh couldn’t even save himself. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Ps. 51:17. Manasseh prayed to God with a repentant heart and God heard him. Manasseh then began to remove the foreign gods and their alters and give his praise and thanks to the Lord.

Ultimately, your idols will lead you to your ultimate demise. Upon King Manasseh’s death, his son Amon became king. Amon did the same despicable things his father had done except repenting before the Lord, and Amon was eventually killed by his own servants. The difference between father and son is that King Manasseh went to sleep in v. 20, whereas Amon is not described as having gone to sleep, but rather “struck down” in verse 24. King Manasseh’s life was ultimately preserved by the Lord whom he wholeheartedly worshiped, and Amon’s was not because he despised the Lord.

Pro tip: how do you determine what or who is an idol in your life? Consider Genesis 22. If God asked of you this day what was most important to you, would you be willing to give it up like Abraham did for the sake of the Lord?

Stand Up and Walk

I constantly struggle with being “good enough.” I feel as though I can never repent enough, sacrifice, cry or self-discipline enough to be pleasing to God because I sin CONSTANTLY, whether it be intentional or otherwise. Even upon resolving to do better, I return to my sin like a dog does to its vomit. When does it ever end? When does the cycle of finally learning and allowing to sink in that sinning is bad and obedience to God is good? I feel like I shouldn’t ask for forgiveness as much as I am – I feel disgusting and vulnerable, unusable for Jesus and weak in the eyes of my Creator.  These kind of feelings ultimately always end up leading to the old, familiar ones – depression, loneliness, and worthlessness.  I’m the kind of person who usually resorts to isolation and then pretends the rest of the time like nothing is wrong.  Unfortunately, the masquerade of a perfect life fools many people into believing I have one and it makes me feel even more lonely and overlooked than before – and so another cycle incurs. 

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Psalm 51:5 NIV

Have you ever felt this way?  Digging yourself into a grave and never seeming to get out of it?  Never seeming to find the light switch in a dark room?  Phrase it however you wish, this is an issue for millions of people because we’re all fallible humans and it needs resolved.  Clearly, do-it-yourself remedies, i.e., wrong relationships, material things, money, “me time”, education or degrees, cupcakes (or food in general), aren’t ultimately satisfactory.
So now what? Maybe you feel like a slave to your feelings of depression and habits of self-infliction, and you expect to always be a slave. This is how it’s always going to be, right? You were born this way and there’s no escape from the clutches of sin.

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.), and a man who had been unable to walk from birth was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, so that he could beg alms from those entering the temple. So when he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking [them] for coins.”
ACTS 3:1-3 AMP

Described in verse 2 is a lame man begging at Beautiful for coins; he was paralytic not by accident but born so. The man at the gate had bad ankles and feet from birth – needless to say he was stuck where he was unless carried or somehow transported to another position.  What this man needed was not coins – he needed his health restored, but did he know that or did he give up on the hope of a miracle?  Do you know that you don’t need what coins can buy but only what a miracle can provide?  Even in his sin, David knew he needed a healing and a miracle.  In the surrounding verses of Psalm 51:5, David pleads with the Lord to wash him clean and wipe away his sins.  Buying items from stores does not wash sin away – only Jesus does that. Only Jesus can perform miracles. Only Jesus died to cleanse us from sin. Only Jesus can carry you from the clutches of sin to one of redemption and newness.

But Peter, along with John, stared at him intently and said, “Look at us!” And the man began to pay attention to them, eagerly expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have; but what I do have I give to you: In the name (authority, power) of Jesus Christ the Nazarene–[begin now to] walk and go on walking!””
ACTS 3:4-6 AMP

When a farmer plants a seed, though he has no control over how much ultimately abounds, he expects a harvest of exactly what he planted. Similarly, no matter what most of us do, we expect something in return for it. You work for a paycheck; you cook food because you want it warm; you plant a seed expecting a harvest. But what if you planted a shoe and expected a rose? Crazy, right? Maybe not so crazy considering the basis for most of the choices made today. We plant lust expecting to reap true love. We plant sin and expect the utmost blessing of God. We plant dishonor and become confused or angry when honor cannot be harvested. We plant money and expect joy. In Acts 3, the Bible doesn’t list that the handicapped man was poor even though he was begging for money. It lists his real impediment – paralysis – and the fact that his monetary solutions were of no avail concerning this. You cannot buy in the natural what is supernatural. Just as the man at Beautiful looked up, so should you, so should I. Look up to God and expect Him to accept your honest pleas of forgiveness, your repentant heart, and to wash you clean. When Christ cleanses you from all unrighteousness, the power of sin is no longer upon you, to which Jesus says, “Stand up and walk!”

Maybe you feel like a slave to your feelings of depression and habits of self-infliction, and you expect to always be a slave. This is how it’s always going to be, right? You were born this way and there’s no escape from the clutches of sin.

Just as Peter and John approached the temple intending to cast the net of the Gospel upon men in Acts 3, Jesus Christ stands knocking at the door of your heart intending for you to let Him in.  Do you see the parallel?  The Holy Spirit is pursuing you just as He pursued the men at the temple through Peter and John. 

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20 NIV

Letting Jesus into your heart does not mean one day needing something from Him, cracking open the door to say what you need, and then shutting it to go back in by yourself. That’s not how a relationship works and it does not leaves any room for transformation. Maybe you won’t let Jesus in because you know your house, your heart, is a mess. So you let a lot of people in the house hoping they’ll help clean it up and come to realize fairly quickly that they can’t; you buy things hoping that these will distract you from the mess but you’ll come across the same junk pile later and notice that these new things you’ve bought aren’t cleaning it up at all. Or, maybe you’ve let Jesus in your house once before to sort and clean as He wishes, but lately you’ve been trying to evict Him or move Him to the front of the house, the best part that people can see instead of what’s actually in the basement.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

When we are crucified with Christ by faith in Him, we are to completely surrender every selfish desire and ambition to the perfect will of God. The Bible says when you exalt yourself, your own agenda above God’s, your selfish desires above God’s holy ones, is foolish. Even Jesus humbled Himself and allowed the Father’s will to take place above His own in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39).

No matter what I do, I can’t ever make it last
I just repeat my past, I’m so broken
So much I thought I knew, all the things that I pursued
I’m worse off than before
Messiah, Beautiful Eulogy, featuring Citizens and Saints

Sin is the roadblock between God and people, whether people are saved or otherwise, which is why He does not answer prayers or let us see His face (Is.59:2). Being separate from God (letting sin remove you from His presence) ultimately leaves us feeling empty and craving that joy and completeness only Jesus can give. Amid sin, the only prayer God will hear, the only sacrifice He will accept is a broken spirit and contrite heart (Psalm 51:2), which means repenting and letting Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice cleanse you from your sin.

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent…
Revelation 2:4

Who is the first love in your life? Is it a person or a store-bought item? Is it your children or your career? If it is anything – anything – apart from God, it is idolatry. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Matthew 6:24. Above all else are you to place Jesus in your life. He will guide your steps and make you a new creation despite what you’ve done. Repent of your sin of honoring other gods in your life above the true God. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.

Those who are thoroughly convinced of their misery and danger by sin, would spare no cost to obtain the remission of it. But as they cannot make satisfaction for sin, so God cannot take any satisfaction in them, otherwise than as expressing love and duty to him. 
Matthew Henry Commentary

THE GIRL WHO FOUND HER OWN SONG

This is Sara, author and founder of The Girl Who Found Her Own Song.  This Tennessee-living, guitar-strumming young lady loves Jesus, writing songs, glam makeup, and mountains.  Her sweet spirit and hope-directed attitude makes you fall in love with her right away.  When I first met Sara, one of the first things i noticed about her was her gorgeous  Rapunzel-length dark hair and sing-song laugh and smile.  She makes a beautiful bridesmaid and wonderful friend.  You can find a sample of her work by hovering over the drop down in the menu bar of The Girl Who Found Her Own Song and clicking Church + Sex.

Church + Sex

Dear Christians…

I wish we would stop talking about it so lightly.

Sex.

 

Virginity.

 

Sexual impurity.

I wish we would stop joking about it.

I also wish we would stop condemning it.
Offering no hope of forgiveness.
Showing no mercy.

I know I’m not the only one who has heard it…

That message from the pulpit.

That comment in the small group.

If you haven’t heard it, it’s probably because you aren’t listening for it.

It’s probably because you are a virgin.

It’s probably because you never had sex outside of marriage.

It’s probably because it doesn’t completely grip you in shame.

Here’s some things I have heard…

“You do it with someone other than your husband and you will never be fully satisfied ever again.”

“What good man wouldn’t want a virgin wife?”

“Have you heard about _________ ? She is off sleeping around again. She CLEARLY needs Jesus.”

“Hosea, he didn’t have it easy. The Lord had him marry a prostitute. And who would ever want that?! Hey, at least this awful thing happening in my life is not THAT awful!”

“I know that [sexual impurity] is a part of your story, but if you are going to staff at this Christian camp don’t tell your students that. I mean, think about if they go home and tell their parents your testimony? What kind of example is that? They might not let them come back.”
“You have disappointed me. Go read the Bible. I have nothing else to say.”

You feel it yet?

Let me help you.

It feels like being shrunk down to nothing.

Being engulfed in a shadow of shame.

But that sin, those memories, those nights, those men,

Are all blown up and it feels like everyone around you can see it.

You feel like you are hopeless.

“You are fooling yourself by saying you are a believer.”
“There’s no way you can ever belong in a church or a small group where everyone else is happily married and not unclean like you.” 
“Why are you still here?”
“Run.”
“Leave.”
“Don’t come back.”

Do you feel it now?

Are your bones shaking?

Is your heart racing?

Are you sweating?

Is your face red from embarrassment?

Is your face red from anger?

Anger that a people preaching Jesus,

Have forgotten who Jesus actually is?

Instead of throwing rocks, He forgave her.

Instead of casting her aside, He let her weep on his feet.

Instead of ostracizing her, He approached her kindly at the well to offer life.

I just wish the shaming would stop.

Married people, enjoying sex for all the beauty that it is…

Condemning someone for wanting to enjoy it as well…

(Just not in the righteous or obedient manner prescribed in the Bible).

So to the one’s cowering in shame or running out during a sermon.

To the one’s silent while the others laugh in small group.

Jesus does not shame you.

Jesus does not laugh at you.

He is a God of understanding and compassion.

And a whole lot of forgiveness.

And church.

I hope you stop laughing.

I hope you stop condemning.

I hope you start noticing those broken.

I hope you realize the difficulty they have coming to church and encourage and congratulate their efforts.

I hope you can come alongside them and say,

“This gospel, is for you as much as it is for me. Let’s learn about it together.”

Is that not what fellowship is about?

And please don’t hear me say sex outside of marriage is okay.
I just think people mess up.
I have messed up.
Others have messed up.
And I think church should be a safe place for messy people to come.
I think it should be welcomed.
I think it should be healing.

And maybe one day it will be.

. . . . .

All too often I hear verses quoted like these in 1 Corinthians 6…

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  

And most often it stops there.
But PLEASE don’t stop there.
In just the next verse it says this….

11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you weresanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

There is no shame.
Only beautiful washing, sanctification, and justification.
Let that be our cry from the pulpit and our plea in the small group.
Let us beckon newness of life.
For what else should be flowing in our veins if not that life-giving mercy of our Savior?

Let’s love a little like Christ.
And let’s see a bit of that life shine through dark and desperate places.

Him

He looks at me everyday thinking that I’m enough for him, but, no, it’s not true, I know this
No one listens to me, they only see what they want to see, however, they see right through
There’s a difference between what he wants and what he needs
I eat what he feeds me, and it never seems to satisfy what’s starving
My whole life, all day, all night, I’m keeping quiet hoping someone will hear me
I don’t say much and he doesn’t hear me screaming
I forget the goal sometimes
They come into my life so I can clean them up and move them along the straight path and off my crooked line
I’m struggling on my own, though, with my thoughts and arrows of doubts
I’m looking for answers and I’m hoping he has them stored in his heart
He probably does, he just doesn’t notice what’s wrong in order to apply it
I keep pushing him off like it’s fine and he buys it like it rhymes
It doesn’t make sense to me
How could he want somebody that’s so lonely
We all say we’re okay but never learn how to change
We want the love but we don’t want the pain
Let the pen stay in my hand, I could die any moment
Death will want to know what I lived for
Sometimes I forget the goal
I let fear destroy the truth that I know
I say the same things all the time, they’re just reworded
He looks at me everyday
I clean up nice so he doesn’t see the other side of me
I’m hoping he doesn’t go behind the scenes
You don’t want to know
I don’t smile, I’m so lonely
I’m struggling on my own, though, with thoughts of doubt and arrows that carry no hope
He looks at me everyday thinking that I’m enough for him, but, no, it’s not true, I know this
I said goodbye to the old me a long time ago
No one listens to me, they only see what they want to see, however, they see right through
I cut myself open just to see if I still bleed
When I die, I want to know that I lived for reason
I want to know that I had worth, especially to him

Compassion International

What is Compassion?

Compassion means “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the person who is suffering.Notice the last word of the definition above — “with.” We are called to suffer with someone, to suffer together. This is what differentiates compassion from empathy.

 

Who is Compassion International?

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

Compassion’s work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man’s clear, God-given vision.

Compassion. A movement. A calling. A cause. A people.
Compassion is global, reflecting the beautiful diversity of God’s kingdom.
We are collaborative, depending on teamwork and partnership.
We are inclusive and accepting of others.
We are honest. We say what we mean, and we do what we say.
We are respectful, protecting the divine character in everyone.
We strive to always be grace filled, kind, forgiving and merciful.
We are loving. God’s love fuels us, and we unabashedly love one another.
We are passionate, against injustice and for our cause.
Compassion is authentic, facing hard realities with an adventuresome spirit.
We are totally focused on our our mission. Single-minded in our pursuit.
Our ministry is contextual, customized and culturally relevant. It is effective, proven and outcome driven.
Our creative spirit drives innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities before us.
Compassion is professional. We do our work with excellence but without pretension.
Our faith in God and in His promises empowers us to be confident. In the face of evil raging around us, we remain hopeful and lift one another’s spirits as we go about our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
We are Compassion.

 

Compassion International is a separate and distinct organization apart from Brookashli.  Brookashli is not a paid sponsor of Compassion International.

Your Love

Here today and gone tomorrow
Pressured into doing things that were really foul
Keeping it to myself, almost in denial
Have you ever passed a blade along your wrist before?
Walls are closing in and can’t see my way anymore
Love is euphoria that lasts a few moments
Fooled myself into really thinking I was worth it
Would anyone blame me if I stopped believing?
My ship is sinking and the shore is far away
Can You keep me from going under?
Am I alone out here forever?

I started out a pretty good guy, but situations changed me
I was bullied and life isn’t what I thought it would be
Felt like no one cared and self infliction made me ugly
Time has taken its toll, I’m scared of letting go
I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t think I want to know anymore

Lord I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
I’ve been through so much, Your grace is a reservoir
I haven’t been praying daily and I’m going crazy
I keep Your Word open on the table but I’m hardly reading
I’m still struggling
It’s killing me
I’m concealing it but it’s not easy
I’m a passive disaster, subtracting what matters
Hanging on by a thread, no, I’m not prepared
Nobody knows the battle I face, nobody can see into my soul
I don’t know where else to go
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s

I feel thorns in my side, but Yours was pierced for mine
Standing on the runway outside watching everyone else fly by feeling left behind, feeling tears in my eyes
I don’t have it all figured it out
In fact, I know nothing at all, so I’m closing my mouth
I started out good but decayed in the wrong environment
Thought I was bullet proof until I ended up in ashes, so foolish
Standing in my ruins, so used to losing
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s

Lord I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
I’ve been through so much, Your grace is an ocean
I’ve cried enough for everyone in the world thinking that it’s over
I don’t know where else to go
Lord, I need Your love, it’s like no one’s
Without You, I fall apart
Engulfed in darkness You’re all that I want
Is there still hope for my ever-wandering heart?

Witnessing to a Lost Culture

When I talked with you or preached, I didn’t try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God’s Spirit show his power. That way you would have faith because of God’s power and not because of human wisdom.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Before speaking with someone about God, don’t prep with your own wisdom. In other words, you don’t MAKE the Gospel powerful, because it already is. You don’t PROVE the Gospel is powerful because it already is. To tell someone about God, it is not necessary to speak with long paragraphs of persuasive words; having countless degrees as an expert in the Law is not necessary either. If you’re just starting out in the realm of sharing your new-found faith, be encouraged by Peter and John who were bold, yet “unschooled and ordinary” men. People were “astonished” by the pair because they realized Peter and John had experienced Jesus, like just you.

“People will not find hope in your opinions.” – Pastor Andrew Evans

By examining any other religion, you’ll find a crucial difference between them and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which, in Pastor Ken Whitten’s words, is “Any other religion or philosophy wants you to believe because of rhetoric or logic – except Christianity. If you can talk someone into it, someone else can talk them out of it.” People are converted by the power of God, which oftentimes defies logic to those who still remain of the world. If Person A could convert Person B to Christianity, then the glory would go to Person A, however, that is not the case because God shares His glory with no one.

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Telling others about Christ can be an intimidating task to take on, so I’ve listed below some questions and answers that are common in this approach.

Frequently Asked Questions About Witnessing

I don’t know enough. What if they ask a question I can’t answer?

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26.) The Holy Spirit will fill in the necessary gaps in your conversation. Don’t be so focused on saying so much that He can’t get a word in edge wise. Be calm and patient and it will always work out.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Pet. 3:15) Don’t slack on your studies. Just as you would want to know the likes and dislikes of your friends or family, God wants you to know Him, too. Lastly, be encouraged, as 1 Corinthians 4:20 says, God’s kingdom isn’t just a bunch of words. It is power. The power that this verse is speaking of is what raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11.)

What if I say something wrong?

Answer what you know for sure. Don’t assume or speculate on what you’re not sure about. What you say can and will be used against you so make sure what you’re proclaiming is the honest truth. It is humble to admit when you don’t know something and a lie to say that you do when it is not actually the case.

What if they don’t listen to me?

Move on. Your job is to spread the Message, not to make people listen. Matthew 10:14 says, if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

What if they reject me or laugh at me?

They rejected and laughed at Jesus. Are you better than Jesus to not receive it? If the world hates you, keep in mind they hated me first. John 15:18. Expect rejection and ridicule, but remember who your audience is as well. They are children of darkness being exposed to the light of the Gospel. Not everyone will have open arms to receive it.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. (Psalm 1.1) There is a difference between a seeker who asks questions and a mocker whose purpose is to…well, mock God. Stay away from mockers.

People in the Bible DIED because of their faith and I don’t want to die!

Literally, you’re going to die anyway. I’m sorry if that is not the most comforting truth on the planet, but it’s a reality that ten out of ten people face at one point or another. No one lives forever (unless you‘re saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.)
Are you committed to God unto the finished job or unto inconvenience? When you accept the salvation that Jesus Christ offers, your calling is immediately clear – go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Jesus never said that going about this plan would be easy, but He did say that He would fight for you (Ex. 14.14), He would strengthen and empower you (Is. 40:29, 31), He would help you in dangerous rivers and through fire (Is. 43:2), and lastly, Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Is. 54:10)

I don’t feel like a good enough Christian to tell someone else that they should be a Christian.

Be careful not to miss the point of Christianity, which is not to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive. It is not your place to boast in your strengths and accomplishments when telling someone about Jesus. If it was not for God coming through in the first place, we’d all be destined for eternal Hell fire because none of us are good enough to go to heaven on our own, and that is your testimony.

I don’t have enough time to stop and talk…

Actually, you aren’t the author of your own time. No one is promised tomorrow, according to Proverbs 27:1. Make time for others‘ eternity, please, not just your own.

I don’t have enough patience to stop and talk…

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up, says Galatians 6:9.  Ask God to renew your heart and give you the love for people that He has. You will then see this depraved and God-less culture in a new light. Your mission isn’t to debate people until they change their mind or to absorb every insult they fling your way. It is to tell them about Christ and what He’s done, if you’re able to. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18.

I don’t have the courage to stop and talk…

“Are you going to let your fear be the cause of someone else’s
eternal damnation?”
– Mark Hale

Is your comfort the only thing on the line here? A famous atheist, Penn Jillette, said, “How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” I will give you one of the 365 verses listed in the Bible that tells you to fear not: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

I don’t exactly want to see that same person in heaven, so I won’t tell them the life-saving Gospel.

“As a true Christian, you are not above the obligations of forgiveness.”
– Timoujin Everidge, Jr.

Know that you are not better or lesser than anyone else and that Jesus was crucified for all. The plain truth is that none of us deserve to go to heaven because all have sinned. Someone may be your enemy, but remember that you were God’s enemy first, yet He still forgave you. Forfeiting your enemy the news of the Gospel does not mean he won’t end up there eventually anyway. It does, however, give an indication of your immaturity in Christ (1 Corinthians 13:11).
2 Peter 3:18, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
What is grace?
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” B.B. Warfield
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.” John Scott
[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.” Jerry Bridges
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” Paul Zahl
“Favor in the eyes of the Lord…” Genesis 6:8

I don’t want to risk termination of the friendship (or marriage, employment, etc).
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sister – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26.) This verse does not translate to being that person on the news who’s out for revenge and killed their whole family and all their friends, including the dog.
In this chapter of Luke, Jesus does not leave this statement left for open interpretation. There is a cost to follow Christ, just like there is a cost for anything else that is worth is a high price, obviously. Suppose a king wants to go to war but does not sit down to deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet the enemy who comes against him with twenty thousand. An arbitrary and careless decision could ruin his whole kingdom if he is not wise to consider the cost. The same metaphor applies to a commitment to Jesus Christ. When you make the decision to follow Christ whole-heartedly for whatever reason but later “lose your saltiness” (v. 34), or, in other words, refuse to stand out against those who are enhancing the kingdom of this world in order to build God’s kingdom, you aren’t a hater of the world but rather a lover of it and acting as an enemy of God.
The good news is that in Matthew 19:29, Jesus says, And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. If you are totally committed to God in your marriage, your employment, or any circumstance through which you find yourself in and you lose it because of Christ‘s namesake, God will reward you with much more than you previously had.

Blue Eyes

I’ll point you to the sky
I’ll teach you fly
I’ll show you the narrow path
I am your biggest fan, I hope you know I am
Slow down, be easy, please
Don’t go too fast, don’t awaken love while she is sleeping
You’ve shown me the beauty when the beauty was absent
You never stop praying, you never stop believing even for a minute
In one moment you can give me all the strength and confidence
I’ve seen you fight to keep it together
I’ve seen you sacrifice for others
That ever present smile on your beautiful face, but you know the struggle often
Nothing hurts more than trying your best and still not being good enough
Guard your words, hold my hand, and remember you’re worth the Cross, you’re worth it all
You’re the light in the darkness, you know
You’re a beating heart when there is no hope
So hold on, please, and don’t let go
Remember, please, that you’re never alone
You’ve pointed me to the sky, it matches your stunning blue eyes
You taught me how to fly, the life in your words still carry me so high
You’ve encouraged me and made me alive
But why did you leave…
You never even said goodbye…