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MAKE A DIFFERENCE 2



‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.’

1 Peter 3:15 NKJV


‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’

Mark 16:15 NKJV


‘... For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.’

Romans 1:16 NIV


‘Therefore, go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded, and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV


It’s pretty clear that the Lord wants to use you, me and our mouths to tell others about Him. Sometime or other you heard the gospel for the first time, whether you were a child and it was in your own home, at Sunday school or from a friend. Maybe it was, like me, when you were older and God hit you like a thunderbolt into your messed up life. The Good News was the most exciting thing I had ever heard so I grabbed it all and hit the ground running! This began when a a friend (now my husband), took me to church and it was the most fantastic and the most amazing experience I had ever known.


Evangelism towards our future spouses, as a result (probably from this, my husband’s model), runs in our family. My daughter met a lovely young man who was not yet saved and over time, at a beautiful small, caring and warm Lutheran Church in Alice Springs, they loved him into the kingdom. He was saved in his bedroom, on his knees with an open Bible in front of him. Next with my son, he had a female friend – they had once been close but were for a long time, simply travelling buddies. She was from a Muslim/Hindu background but after going with him to church several times, she gave her life to the Lord. Her family are not happy, of course, but she loves the Lord with all her heart, in fact both she and my son both love the Lord with all their hearts.


Regarding outside our family, in the early years of our marriage, wherever my husband and I were, he would tell others about God. Experiencing this example, it’s easier for me to bring a word of hope to someone. However, this is not without its challenges too. I’ve had some funny experiences evangelising. Once I was minding my own business, finishing off my make up etc., after a swim in the change rooms. A woman I didn’t know walked behind me into one of the cubicles and as she did, I got a download into my spirit about her early life from the Lord. Oh oh, I thought, what am I to do with this? I felt the Lord answer, ‘you’ve been praying to witness, so off you go!' So, when she came out, after some preamble, I asked in a non-confrontational way, if I could pray with her. When she agreed, if not a bit hesitantly, I prayed according to what I had been shown by the Holy Spirit. By the time I finished, she was in tears and we developed a very close friendship over the next few years. I was always very upfront about my faith and she would ask lots of questions, tell me her innermost feelings but she did not come to the Lord during that time. I believe; however, that God’s beautiful seeds were sown, from which God will use.


For you then, how do you begin to evangelise? I believe it starts with your desire, followed by prayer. You might join with a couple of other people and target a group of family and friends to jointly pray for. Some years ago, in our church we used to do this and it was called 'Prayer Triplets' and it worked a treat. Whatever way you choose to start to evangelise, it really is why we are here. It is how you and I make the biggest difference to others. It is the difference, the main difference and makes a huge difference!


If it’s scary, start small, but just start! You really can and you’ll find it easier each successive go at it. In reality, you can do this because of Who you carry—the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11). Therefore, nothing is impossible to you when you include your personal testimony as your witness. All you need is the willingness to have a go and trust God with the words that will come out of your mouth.

Hey, let me know how you go!


God bless,

Peta

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