SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN WITNESSING

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I pray you are having a good year so far. I hope you are full of anticipation and have high expectations about how God will use you in 2019. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave us the great commission saying, “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 you.” Therefore we have a responsibility to witness to those around us who don’t know the Savior. In the past, this has been difficult for me. But recently, I have been seriously trying to focus on witnessing to others that I meet even if it’s in a small way, such as telling the cashier at the shoe store after I pay for my purchase, “Remember, Jesus loves you.”

I truly want to be a better witness for the Lord. I’m sure that’s a desire of your heart as well, so here are some good questions you can ask to help facilitate a discussion that may lead to a decision for Christ:

  • Do you have an interest in spiritual things? My Friend, Pastor Conley White, who is gifted in the area of evangelism taught me this one. If a person’s mind is closed to a discussion about spiritual matters, the timing may not be right.
  • What are your thoughts about Jesus Christ? Can I tell you what Jesus said about Himself? I gleaned these two questions from Rabbi K. Schneider who then gives them John 14:6 and John 8:24 as follow-up scriptures. These questions will reveal how much they know about Jesus and ask for permission to share information about Him.
  • Can I tell you what He’s done for me? This is an opportunity for you to give your testimony. It should be short and succinct, highlighting the struggles you have overcome in your life and how you are different because Christ is in your life. I Peter 3:15 says to always be ready to give the reason for your hope.
  • If you died tonight and God asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” what would you say? This diagnostic question comes from the curriculum developed by Evangelism Explosion International, founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. This will allow you to determine if people are really saved or not. If they give any answer other than “Jesus died and paid the penalty for my sins,” then an opportunity has been revealed for you to give them the correct information and possibly lead them to Christ.
  • If you died in your sleep tonight, are you sure you would go to heaven? This question will force people to think about their eternal destiny.  If they cannot answer yes, then you can relay to them how according to I John 5:13, they can know that they have eternal life.
  • Would you like to receive Jesus as your personal Savior? The bible says in James 4:2, “You have not because you ask not.” Once you have shared the Gospel, it’s time to “close the deal” and invite people to receive Christ.

Beloved, The Great Commission is a command, not a suggestion. We all need to be out there taking territory for the Kingdom. In order to do that, we have to not only live right but overcome our fears, open up our mouths and share what Christ has done for us regularly. Only then will the captives be set free.

What are your thoughts about publicly sharing your faith? Please leave a comment below.

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THE POWER OF SLEEP

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Today, I want to talk to you about something that is very important: Sleep. You may think that the topic of sleep is mundane and not very spiritual. However, sleep will definitely impact your spiritual life. In fact, Psalm 127:2 says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Therefore, sleep is a gift from God, and if you don’t get enough of it, sorrow will be the end result.

Maybe getting too little sleep is not your issue. Maybe you sleep too much. That too is a problem and is possibly a fruitful topic for another blog. But seriously, I am writing this to myself because I know that, very often, I don’t get enough sleep, and it’s my own fault! The Holy Spirit tells me to go to bed, and I continue to stay up anyway. I am confessing my fault so that I may be healed (James 5:16). Therefore, my friend, if you tend to “burn the candle at both ends” as well, please obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit to get more sleep for the following reasons:

  1. The anointing on your life is affected. Tiredness can affect the Holy Spirit’s ability to flow through you. Therefore, maximizing the anointing on your life could be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep.
  2. Your love walk is impacted. We are commanded to walk in love in Ephesians 5:2. However, we can get short-fused, more easily angered and irritated when we are sleep deprived. We are better able to walk in love when we have had enough sleep.
  3. The devil has greater access to your emotions. In I Kings 19:4, the prophet Elijah sat down under a broom tree and asked God to take his life. Why? Because he was tired. Improper sleep makes you more emotionally vulnerable to satanic attack.
  4. You’re putting your health in jeopardy. Lack of rest will also cause your immune system to be compromised. That sets you up to have sickness and disease manifest in your body.  Since your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19), sleep is one way to keep your temple in good repair.
  5. Your cognitive function is degraded. Have you ever noticed that your memory is impaired when you don’t get enough sleep? When your brain is not functioning optimally, it’s harder to understand and memorize scriptures.
  6. Your energy is sapped. When you are tired, you won’t be able to accomplish the goals, dreams and visions God put in your heart. You don’t want to get up early and pray and read God’s Word. Therefore, a lack of sleep could cause you to miss your destiny.
  7. Your creativity is impeded. Deuteronomy 8:18 says God gives you the power to get wealth. How? Through creative ideas. Sleep deprived people are less creative and are therefore less likely to receive good money-making ideas.

Given these negative consequences, it would behoove us all to GO TO BED ON TIME. When the Holy Spirit speaks, we need to listen. Recognize that this is indeed an important aspect of your spiritual life, and it does impact your ability to do what God has called you to do.

What changes do you need to make in the coming days with regards to your sleep habits? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

 

 

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