BE a Witness to ALL people.

It’s one thing to witness. It’s another thing to BE a witness. Too many Christians only want to go to Heaven, but don’t want to serve God. Before we go to heaven, God wants us to help others to be ready to go to Heaven too.

  • Acts 1:8 New King James Version – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We can think we are doing fine. But we are not doing fine if we are detached from God. If Christ is not the head of your life, you are not doing fine. Many people believe they are fine, but they are lost. If we don’t have a relationship with Jesus, we are not okay. We are all born into sin and we must all be born again.

  • John 3:3 New King James Version – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

We each have to make a decision for our own soul. Just because someone was baptized doesn’t mean they are born again. Water baptism is a symbol of a commitment made to Christ, but it is not the commitment in and of itself. Also, just because we are doing well materially, doesn’t mean we are doing well spiritually.

  • Luke 12:16-20 New King James Version – 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

This man gave glory to himself, not to God, for his accomplishments. It’s sad when you think you are doing well without God. Don’t be focused on possessions. Possessions can blind you and distract you. Sometimes the possessions of people can blind believers. We see people that are less fortunate and think that they need to know the Lord. But, we can see people that are doing well and think that they don’t need to hear the Gospel.

Take time to witness to everyone. The Holy Spirit will lead us to people of all walks of life. Nice people go to hell too. Rich people can go to hell too. Be open and ready to witness to anyone as the Holy Spirit leads. Are we walking past people because we think they are doing fine?

  • Acts 8:26-40 New King James Version 26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him….35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Sometimes the Lord will direct you to a specific person, the same way He led Phillip in the passage of scripture above.

  • 2 Timothy 4:5 New King James Version – But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
  • Luke 14:23 New King James Version – Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Victory OVER the devil.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11 New King James Version

The enemy’s mission is to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We are supposed to be so sold out for Jesus that when the enemy tries to use us, he will see a sign that says, “Not available–SOLD OUT”.

  • 2 Corinthians 2:11 – New King James Version  lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

The enemy will try to attack you through possessions if the enemy can see your heart is attached to possession. Too many people are chasing paper and material things. The enemy will use whatever appeals to you to draw you away from the Lord. Put nothing and no one in your life higher than the Lord. Keep God first.

  • 1 John 2:15 New King James Version – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

We can’t have a love for God and a love for the world at the same time. We must choose. We need to have some tools to fight back.

TOOL ONE–DECLARE THAT YOU ARE COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. Lay your desires down for Jesus and testify about the Lord. Never deny Jesus.

  • Revelation 12:11 Living Bible – They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him.

TOOL TWO–OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SPEAK THE NAME OF JESUS. But you must have a personal relationship with Jesus for this to be effective. We need to be known in the spirit realm for trusting Jesus.

  • Acts 19:13-15 New King James Version13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, [a]“We [b]exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

TOOL THREE–DO YOUR PART AND RESIST THE DEVIL. God will not force you to submit to Him. That’s our part. God will not force you to resist the devil. That’s our part. But the Lord will give us strength to overcome as we obey Him. Because God loves us, He will give us consequences when we don’t submit to God.

  • James 4:7 New King James Version – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

TOOL FOUR–STAND ON THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS PROMISES. This is how Jesus defeated the enemy. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh and He used the Word of God to overcome temptation.

  • Matthew 4:7-10 Living Bible Jesus retorted, “It also says not to put the Lord your God to a foolish test!” Next Satan took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. “I’ll give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel and worship me.” 10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “The Scriptures say, ‘Worship only the Lord God. Obey only him.’”

TOOL FIVE–PRAY! It’s sad when believers don’t pray. It’s very sad when churches neglect prayer and altar calls for prayer. Prayer is how we appeal to God for help. It is comparable to how a petition is brought before a judge for a ruling and for restitution.

  • Luke 18:1 New King James Version – Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

TOOL SIX–PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD. Don’t leave the house unless you are fully dressed in the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 New King James Version10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

TOOL SEVEN: WALK IN THE WISDOM OF GOD.

Strength to Witness (Part 2)

We all need strength to witness. Everyone needs Christ and we all had someone witness to us about Jesus. When people are going through issues, they need someone to tell them about the love of God and salvation through Jesus. There are even people in your household who may not be saved–they may know Jesus, but not live for Him.

As soon as we give our hearts to the Lord, we will be tested. It can happen on the job, among your friends, and even in your family. But persecution because we are standing for Christ is a blessing. But when people face trouble they will look for those who have a relationship with the Lord to pray for them. This is the perfect time to talk to them about Jesus. Be a witness.

Jesus is the Master of witnessing to others. We can learn from His example. Jesus used natural things people were concerned about to witness to them. Jesus was at the well and ministered the Gospel to a woman who came to get water. She became so excited about salvation, she forgot all about her water pot and told everyone she knew about Jesus.

  • John 4:28-30 New King James Version – The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

Everyday you walk out your door, be available to be a witness for the Lord. You can be a witness at the store, on the job at the post office. What good is it if we know the Lord and we don’t share Him with others.

Witnessing 101

  1. Open your mouth and say something.
  2. Learn how to say “Jesus loves you” through sign language.
  3. Know that what you have to say about Jesus is more important than what they have to say if they don’t know Christ. (That doesn’t mean we can’t listen and be respectful while communicating)
  4. Direct the conversation back to Jesus and back to them (not difficult questions or problems in the world)
  5. If you hear someone talking about their troubles, turn their attention to Christ Jesus. Ask them if they have tried Jesus.

Why Witness?

The Word of God commands us to witness. Focus on people that are lost, who don’t know Christ (not the ones who are already saved.)

  • Luke 14:23 New King James Version – Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Eliminate their excuses and direct them to salvation through Jesus.

  • Luke 14:16-24 New King James Version16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”

For instance, we could reply: If you have property, you need God to help you manage it. If you have a problem, God is the best one who can help you solve it. If you are married, your spouse also needs to know the Lord so you can have a blessed marriage. Eliminate the excuses.

Imagine having a wedding and you planned for 200 people and only 30 show up. No one wants to waste that much food. So the host opens up the invitation to anyone–not just those people who were originally invited. That’s what God wants us to do. Take the invitation of salvation to everyone. The Lord has plenty of room.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.”

Proverbs 11:30 New King James Version