Hi Brothers and Sisters,
I must apologize for my year-long absence. A move to California, a year at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), lots of homework and reading, and a whole new family of friends took over my life this year. I’ve grown so much more than I ever thought possible this year, and I’m so excited to start back up this blog. You’re messages asking where I’ve been have been super sweet and appreciated.
This blog was created in order to be a collective where Christians from all over the world can share what God is doing in them, through them and around them, so I hope you can send in your art, poetry or writings. (See submission guidelines for more ideas of what we’re looking for!)
There is so much I’m excited to share with you about what God’s done in me, through me and around me this year, but I’ll start with one testimony of God radically transforming one girl’s life in just a few minutes and hopefully encourage you that you’re completely capable of joining with the Holy Spirit to do the same!:
Some BSSM students and I were on a “treasure hunt” around Redding, which is basically a cute way of saying, we were doing street evangelism, asking God to lead us to his treasures. Someone on our team had the impression that we were supposed to go to Burger King, so we did. We got there and their were two teenage girls hanging out outside, waiting for their rides. I approached the girls thinking they were together and asked if they had anything they needed prayer for, or any place they needed healing in their bodies. One girl shared that she had a heart murmur.
We asked if we could pray for her and she said yes. We laid hands on her and her eyes got really wide. “It’s not beating funny anymore!” she exclaimed incredulously!
I explained to her that it was Jesus who healed her. I asked her if she knew anything about Jesus. To my surprise she said, “No, not really. He died for our sins or something?” I got to explain the gospel to her: that because we couldn’t live a perfect life on our own we were separated from the Father. He died in our place so that we could be connected to God again. Now we can have an intimate relationship with God who is like the perfect father, with Jesus who is like our husband and the Holy Spirit.
It’s really true when the Bible says the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say when the moment comes. (Luke 12:12) I’ve rehearsed sharing the gospel with strangers before, but it never came out in such a strange way. However, God knew just what she needed, and when I asked her if she’d like to have a personal relationship like that with Jesus, she said yes! I got to lead her in a prayer of salvation and it was so beautiful. Her eyes were sparkling with tears.
When we finished, I told her to put her hands out and asked the Holy Spirit to come and fill her up. Her eyes got wide again!
“What are you feeling?” I asked her.
“Heat all over my body!”
“That’s the Holy Spirit,” I told her. “He’ll come any time you ask Him to.”
I then got to talk to her about the importance (and joy!) of reading the Bible and finding a community of Christian friends. I was shocked to hear that she didn’t know of a single Christian in her high school.
I realized after this experience, that I was believing a few lies about evangelism:
- I believed most people don’t want to hear about Jesus
- I believed that most people have heard the gospel at some point in their lives and have rejected it already.
- Because of 1 and 2, I believed that I had to give everyone a new fancy, creative explanation and/or defense of the gospel in order for them to accept it. Meaning I shouldn’t’ try to share it until I’ve practiced some awesome way of explaining it.
However, from this encounter I learned the truth. People all over the world haven’t heard the gospel, including in our own backyards! I couldn’t believe that not only had this girl never heard the gospel, she didn’t even know of any Christians in her High School. Furthermore, she was actually interested to hear about Jesus, and it didn’t matter that I hadn’t rehearsed what to say. The Holy Spirit gave me the perfect words for her in the moment (words I would have never thought of myself). We can’t forget that every time we talk about Jesus, He is eagerly knocking on the heart of the person you are talking to saying, “Let me come in!” It’s more about the love and the invitation you present than the words, because Holy Spirit is the one that is moving their hearts!
A few verses that contradict the above lies:
- Matt 10:19-20 Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say for it will not be you speaking but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
- Luke 10:2 The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
- John 4:35 Open your eyes, the fields are ripe for harvest.
This encounter opened up my eyes and changed me forever. In my own backyard, there are beautiful, hungry people who have never heard the gospel. The fields really ARE ripe for harvest. If we don’t reap it, who will? Ask God to use you in your workplace, in your family, in your school, even as you’re shopping at Target. Don’t disqualify yourself. If He can use little introverted me, He can use anybody! Don’t let the lies that “They don’t want to hear this,” or “I don’t want it to seem like I’m selling something” or “They already know the gospel” stop you from saving someone’s life! And don’t worry about what you’ll say. If you make yourself available to share the gospel and ask for an opportunity not only will He give it to you, He will give you the perfect words.
I challenge you to share the gospel with someone this week, even if it’s just with a friend. Send in your testimonies and let me know how it goes!