Have you experienced the Love of God? A deep abiding love that never changes or leaves you but changes you and leads you to Hope. It is a love like no other. As you learn to Be Still and know God more you see the need to Abide in Him. Abiding in Christ causes the love of God to spill over into every other area of your life. If you have tasted the Love of God you will want to tell others about that love. That is the driving force behind witnessing, sharing the gospel.Abiding in Christ causes the love of God to spill over into every other area of your life. If you have tasted the Love of God you will want to tell others about that love. That is the driving force behind witnessing, sharing the… Click To Tweet
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Learning to Abide in Christ leads to Sharing the Gospel.
Abiding in Christ is amazing, isn’t it? We have been learning how to do it this month and it has felt like waves of grace showering over my dry spirit. But does it naturally lead me to share the Gospel? In the beginning, it did, but now there is a hesitance to witness. Can you relate?
I know who the safe people are to share about all the great things God has done and I am open about Him with them. But I don’t venture to share God’s love with the lost.
Why don’t we Witness with boldness?
2 Timothy 1:8-11 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God
We’ve looked at 13 Promises to help us Overcome Fear but I still have Fear. Do you?
Fear of rejection. Fear of Confrontation. But the Fear of God override those other Fears.
John 15:1-11 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
Abide in Christ by telling others about Him – Witnessing
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
If we love others the way Jesus instructs us we will want everyone to know about Him. Why? Because God is love… Because the Love of God will so fill you up that it spills over out of your life into the lives of others.If we love others the way Jesus instructs us we will want everyone to know about Him. Why? Because God is love... Because the Love of God will so fill you up that it spills over out of your life into the lives of others. Click To Tweet
but God is also Just.
I am all about focusing on the Love of God. God so loved us that He sent His only Son to pay the price of our sin to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him.
But that is not the only reason God sent His Only Son.
God is Just and cannot abide with us with sin
The Justice of God demands a price to be paid to cover the sin of men. Jesus paid that price but we must choose Him. If you do not choose God He will not force you to love Him.
There is a very real place, Hell, where people will spend eternity apart from God if they have not chosen Him.
How many people in your life will spend eternity in Hell?
There are dear friends and family in my life who have made very real choices to reject God. Still, others believe they don’t have to choose but by not choosing God they are choosing Hell.
Do you believe that?
2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
But God is Love. We are abiding in the Love of God and know it well.
Sharing the Gospel with the Lost should flow from a heart filled with God’s love. When God’s love fills my heart I can do nothing but talk about it. Sharing God’s love is not the same as sharing about Hell and God’s Justice. We witness, not as a religious requirement but as a desire to share the relationship we are living in.
You tell others about your husband and children, the ones you are abiding with. Telling others about God is an indicator of how much you are abiding in Christ or Abiding in God’s love.
Even When You are Abiding in God’s Love, Witnessing is Still Hard
Do it scared.
Don’t just share what God is doing in your life with your safe friends and family, share it with everyone you talk to. Let your conversation always be flavored with how much God loves you and all the things God has done for you to everyone you encounter.
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Pray God will make you Bold enough to shine in front of everyone in your life
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
It starts at home but extends to everyone in your life. Share openly about the good, the bad and the blah. Don’t hide the hard parts but let others see what’s broken and hard so they see when God fixes is!When you abide in the Lord of God it spills over into every area of your life. God is love but God is Just and the world needs His love today. Click To Tweet
Live your life so that your words match your lifestyle
Everyone around you is watching how your life. How do you react when wronged? What do you say to your husband in hard times? How do you behave when out and about? Does your life match your words? Does your life look different than the lost around you?
Ephesians 5:15-17 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
This is not about perfection, but staying in the process with God. Admit your mistakes and grow. Do it out loud so the world sees God being glorified as you grow!
When you Stand before God and give an account of your life…
Will the people living life with you have come to want God because they saw Him moving in your life? Live your life so that the Gospel of Christ shines out... your words match your life... people want to know God because they see Him moving in your life. Click To Tweet
A Prayer to Be Still and Abide in God’s Love so that it Spills over onto Other Peoples Lives
Dear Heavenly Father, Oh Anent of Days,
You are Love but You are also Just. Help me not to be so focused on growing in my own life that I forget there is a lost and dying world who needs You. Is my life shining Your love to those around me? Can others see Jesus in Me? Forgive me for all the times I’ve been too afraid to speak of Your love with boldness. I confess the fear of confrontation and rejection that has kept my mouth shut.
Change me, Lord. Fill me with Your boldness to speak of Your love. People would come to You if they knew how much You loved them. Forgive me for wearing a mask, pretending perfection and being a hypocrite to those around me. My life is broken in so many places. The only great thing worth boasting about in me is You. Teach me to live my life out loud without a mask so others see You and You alone are glorified.