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WITNESSING FOR CHRIST by Eddy Ghossein


IF YOU THINK WITNESSING IS JUST NOT ME... 
 

Most people shy away from witnessing because of their fear of 
rejection or negative responses from others. In doing so they 
miss an important point: witnessing is not just another form of 
service to God. It is an integral part of why you are in Him. 
Every believer ultimately does share his or her faith, negatively 
or positively. God intends that our lives, transformed by the 
Gospel, make a positive, loving, persuasive impression on the 
people around us, winning them to faith in Jesus Christ. Your 
faith is a gift from God meant to be shared with others. 

How to witness: 

  * Grow deeper in oneness with Him. You must continue daily to 
    grow deeper in your relationship with the Lord and in your 
    understanding of His perspective. As you sit at His feet, 
    being vulnerable to His activities in your life, the tasks He 
    wants you to perform will gradually permeate your life so 
    that witnessing happens without your having to force it. 

  * Remember that Jesus is the way. Maintain total conviction 
    that Jesus is the only way to God. If you are not fully 
    convinced that without the atoning blood of Jesus, people are 
    headed for eternal separation from God, you will never have 
    the zeal you need to share the Gospel. 

  * Example: If you saw a child dart out into the street as a car 
    barreled toward him/her, what would you do? Probably you 
    would risk your life to yank him/her out of harm's way. 

     Men,  women, and children are being crushed daily under the lies, 
    deceptions, and murderous activities of Satan. They are dying 
    without the Lord, and we must dare to rescue them - risking 
    rejection, ridicule, even offense. After all, it is even more 
    offensive to withhold knowledge that could save a dying 
    individual from eternal misery. 

  * Maintain an interest in others. Decide to love and care for 
    people sincerely regardless of whether they accept the 
    message of Jesus. All people are creatures of God, and 
    whether they ever love Him in return, He loves them so much 
    He died for them. You must do the same. When Jesus is on your 
    mind, you will feel His burden for individuals who are 
    hurting. 

  * Keep fighting in the Spirit. Pray endlessly for the salvation 
    of others. Fight for the souls of the lost whom Jesus places 
    in your path. Pray prayers of prevailing triumph, seeing the 
    possibility and reality of lives changed dramatically. 

  * Let the Holy Spirit lead. The Holy Spirit will give you the 
    right timing, the right words to use, and the courage to say 
    them if you let Him lead. 

  * Persist. Sometimes you must persist for a long time, offering 
    love and speaking at the nudging of the Holy Spirit before 
    you see any results. You may never see results in your 
    lifetime, but that cannot stop you from persisting. 

    Though she never saw his conversion in her lifetime, John Newton's 
    mother was relentless in praying for her son's salvation. 
    Before coming to Christ his business was the slave trade, but 
    by God's grace he was saved and later went on to become a 
    pastor and to compose the hymn Amazing Grace. 
 

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Acts 1:8 (KJV) 
But ye shall receive power, 
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
 and ye shall be witnesses unto me
 both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, 
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)
 And he said unto them, 
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 {16} He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; 
but he that believeth not shall be damned.

2 Tim 2:2 (KJV)
 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
 the same commit thou to faithful men,
 who shall be able to teach others also.

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