Last weeks recap this week. Back to Basics with The Principle of First. “Honor the LORD with your wealth And with the first fruits of all your crops (income);”. PROVERBS 3:9 AMP
The Principle of First is that as a Disciple of Christ and Believer God must be first in everything I do. God does not and will not be second or third on our list. He said seek me first, Sabbath the first day of the week. Read my word first.
We learned why Cains offering was not respected and Abel’s was. Able brought God an offering that was the first and finest. This honors God. Cain brought whatever and whenever he got around to it. It was not his best nor was it his finest. Cain used the best and finest on himself.
Tithing and giving is huge. What i honor first speaks volumes about who i am and what is my real heart and intention. The person who won’t honor God first in their tithes and offerings has to do with a trust issue and fear issue. Mammon says i put more faith in my money than i do my God. Cain and Able.
This leads me into this mornings message. This is a spin off of the Principle of First.
Life Witness. Cain and Abel both shared their version of the Gospel. Our witness is much more than what we say, IT IS REALLY HOW WE LIVE. HOW WE DO LIFE. WHAT OTHERS SEE WHEN THEY SEE US AND OUR HOME, BUSINESS LIFE.
We are called to Model a Christ Life. This is where people get so messed up. We have images of a Christ Life as dull or super religious. God gave us all our personalities and allows us to enjoy this thing called Life. Life is supposed to me Amazing and Wonderful.
Quotes about Life: Without God, Life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning, without meaning, life has no significance or hope. Rick Warren.
Your life isn’t about finding yourself, it is about discovering who God created you to be and you become who He created you to be. Our culture will try to get you to settle for an imitation of who God called you to be. We are created and Original.
Your life as a believer should make none believers question their disbelief in God.
We are to be Life Witnesses. Sharing our life and witness to others about our Jesus. Statistics say that over 80% of believers never share their faith or invite anyone to church. 61% of believers say they feel they should but they don’t.
I believe the greatest witness is your life. When people see you out and about. See how you live, when you are at the mall or wherever.
Many are to afraid to share their God and faith with others. Afraid of people and rejection.
Some because they are not living a life of Christ won’t share their faith because they feel hypocritical. Some just don’t really care about others.
Think about this. A life will die alone, broken, bruised, damaged and bitter and we have the answer for freedom, hope, love, power, healing, fixed, forgiven, together. We have the keys to Life.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” JOHN 10:10 AMP
The thief comes and Jesus comes. One comes to steal the joy and peace and love and kill the dreams and visions, and destroy the futures and destiny. Jesus said I came that you and i may have and enjoy life..
Life in the Greek means time but not just time alone. This word life also means breath, spirit. This Word Life means Time in the natural and Spirit. The most precious thing we got is TIME.
What we do with our time and life natural and spirit is our witness.
I hear all these crazy excuses why people don’t invite people to church or Christ and think don’t you care about people. Listen if we thought they will die a wretched death if we don’t share we all would. We get so busy in our worlds we don’t see the need around us. People are hurting. Professionals, teachers, doctor, teens, children need people to share Gods love, Gods hope and Gods courage and faith.
I just read this article that children under 13 years of age one very five days. The numbers have doubled over the years. People are hurting at every level of life. Their people hurting on our jobs, hurting in our schools, broken and can’t seem to find an answer or hope.
The worst poverty is hopelessness. Jesus came to give people Amazing life’s and time to do and accomplish His will on this earth, natural and spiritual. We are the voice of God to people. If we don’t share and invite what will happen to them. I look for opportunities every where i am. God did not tell me to tell the witness, He called us to BE WITNESSES.
“But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”” ACTS 1:8 AMP
I believe here is why we are afraid or do not feel qualified to share of don’t feel or have enough confidence to share and invite.
Jesus was speaking to the disciples, YOU will receive POWER & ABILITY when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. I believe unless or until you receive The Holy Spirit He comes upon you, YOU LACK THE POWER AND ABILITY TO SHARE AND WITNESS WITH POWER AND BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE.
The word Power in Greek is Dunamis, to be able, to be possible, force, miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, mighty wonderful work. We get our word dynamite for this word.
Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we are operating on the power of human which is timid and fearful. It is so hard because your trying to do something on your own power but God gave us this dynamite power. People become so afraid of the Holy Spirit because of the speaking in tongues thing. Speaking in Tongues is just one of the evidences you have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. Remember when Jesus was leaving and He said not to worry. He said no worries, my Father will send another after me who is the Comforter. The Holy Spirit would be the comforter, but would also teach us all things and guide us. This is the Spirit of God living in us. This is not complicated or scary. Its is so natural in God.
God wants us to have this Amazing Power to do amazing things in this life. We will never complete all God has for us on our own. The Holy Spirit will tell you things like no or yes or stop. He will tell you to forgive or stand your ground. He is a teacher and guide as well as our comforter.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
MATTHEW 5:16 AMP
This is a Life Witness statement and command. Shine in such a way before men that they may SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS AND MORAL EXCELLENCE. A life witness lives a life that will attract others to Christ. We have people who buy bumper stickers and and religious things to show what we are. You can live and show it with your attitudes, your lifestyle, your kindness and compassion. By caring and sharing and loving and helping and inviting and serving others this is the Jesus Life Witness.
I offer prayer to people if I sense they are hurting or struggling. Our life witness was so powerful and true my neighbor was a proclaiming atheist but fell in love with us and my children. He would come over and visit and bring gifts to my children. We would just be friend him and love him.
“Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers), make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious]. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].”
COLOSSIANS 4:5-6 AMP
I always carry cards to invite others. It could really change their life like it did mine. I want everyone to have and experience the peace and power I got. Everyone.