Daily Word for Sunday, September 6, 2015
The best evidence is a good witness. As believers, our belief is evidence of our capacity to witness and therefore is essential to effective witnessing.
II Corinthians 4:13 says, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.”
Note that believing and speaking are connected; every day of our lives we spend speaking what we believe. Our witness includes our testimony of what God has done for us.
Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
Telling what we have experienced is at the heart of witnessing, on that subject we are experts. No one can successfully argue against your experience. We do well to remember what’s at stake.
• Captives are freed.
Proverbs 14:25 – A true witness delivers souls but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
• Light shines in dark places.
Acts 26:18 – to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
• Lives are saved.
James 5:20 – Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Clearly the consequences of not witnessing are far reaching. Ezekiel 3:17-19 says, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
What follows are a few thoughts to help you be an effective witness:
• Be faithful.
Acts 20:26-27 – Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
• Be bold.
Mark 8:38 – For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
• Be resolute.
Luke 12:8-9 – “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”
• Be compelled.
I Corinthians 9:16 – Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!
Dear friend, remember the price has already been paid, don’t hold back what has been freely given to you!
II Corinthians 4:13 – And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.
Peace and blessings!