Step Out on Faith, in the Name of Jesus Christ

The anointing of God is everywhere, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Whether God made you to be a lawyer, doctor, or chef, God made every person on earth with a destiny that NO ONE can take away from you. Others can try to stop you from fulfilling the assignment that God gave you, but NO ONE can ultimately stop the plans of God from being fulfilled in your life.

~”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

This is even applicable to my life. I see myself as a missionary, even in my home of Atlanta, Georgia. I can witness who Jesus is locally in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia or abroad as I have done in the past in Lebanon and Japan. I can be the shining light that God has called me to be in my local church or in my workplace. I can even testify of God’s great love to family members.

I don’t need to be recognized as a missionary by my church or others because God sees me and He knows my name (while the title of missionary is nice, especially when recognized by a local church or others, I have learned that it does not matter to be recognized, especially when others you know are not willing to give you the recognition that you think you deserve, as Your Heavenly Father sees. God sees and He rewards those according to their faith as he or she steps out on faith to do God’s will for others and themselves. He does not reward according to the works of man, woman, boy, or girl alone, but by the faith of that person WITH their works as he or she steps out on faith to do God’s will). 

I recently saw one of my family members. I met up with this family member in a restaurant for dinner. We had a lovely evening, filled with lots of food and conversation, but towards the middle I felt the Spirit of God nagging me to tell this family member about Jesus. So, I made this statement as I felt led to tell this family member about God’s love and quoted the following two Scriptures from the Bible without referencing which part of the Bible they were in (as one of my mentors from my church taught me to do as I witness of who Jesus is to others) :). :

~”Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”~1 John 4:8, ESV~

~”If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”~Romans 10:9, ESV~

~”Jesus loves you.”~

After I told my family member that, “Jesus loves you,” tears entered my eyes. My family member asked me if I was ok. I did not tell my family member what was wrong. What I was really thinking was, “I wish this family member understood what I was trying to say,” because it was as if what I was telling this family member went through one ear and out the other and nothing I said was processed.

As a missionary, I have to wait to let that seed that was planted grow. I have to wait for it to take root and flourish. I can’t just expect it to grow. I have to let the Spirit of God allow for it to nourish its roots so that it will grow. The seed that was planted in this family member’s life is there. I am just waiting for it to take root and grow as the Spirit of God continues to do the work in this family member.

And that is my job, as a missionary. I can plant seeds, as the Word of God teaches. I just have to wait for the Spirit of God to water it and allow for it to grow as the person (whoever I am witnessing to) steps out on faith and lets Father God in his or her life. I can’t force seeds to grow. I can’t make them grow. I can pray over or for the person and that God will do a work in that seed. I just can’t make or force a seed to grow because that goes against the timeliness and will of Father God. I have to be patient and wait for it to grow as Father God leads me and as I pray and intercede for that person’s needs or salvation. 

Here is my advice for you, dear reader, as you witness in your daily walk to others:

DON’T EVER force or try to force God’s will on other people. That will turn people away from God, even as you are praying eagerly for that person to be saved or for something good to happen in that person’s life. Just pray for that person and LOVE him or her well. When you love a person well, that puts the love of Christ on display for that person to see. Also, stand firm in your convictions. DON’T EVER compromise your convictions and personal faith in Jesus Christ with the values of another person or what others want you to believe (I have had to learn this and experience it for myself with non-Christians and Christians in my life). Even when a Christian (even when he or she does not intend or come across to have bad intentions) says that God told him or her something to tell you to do or say, it is what Father Lord told you to do when it comes to your personal relationship through Jesus Christ and not what others tell you or say for you to do that counts (I am not saying to disregard or not take other Christians’ advice when it comes to having a Christian mentor or the Body of Christ in your life, but I am saying to listen carefully to how Father God leads you, especially in evangelism because it is what and how God told you to witness that could be completely different from what others say to you.

For some, evangelizing could be slow. For others, the process could be very swift and quick. It totally depends on how ready that person is to receive the Word of God and Jesus as his or her personal Lord and Savior. Just walk step by step with that person as the Spirit leads you and don’t be afraid to step out on faith, because faith without putting forth any work into sharing the Word of God with others is dead.

~”In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”~James 2:17, NIV~

So, step out on faith and don’t be afraid to be the hands, feet, and all of Jesus to your friends, your family, and your community, locally or abroad. I will now pray for you now, dear reader:

Dear God,

I cover each reader, who has opened up this blog post and read it, in the blood of Jesus. Thank You that the reader read this blog post from the beginning to the end. Your word says in Ecclesiastes 6:8, “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” I speak patience over each reader as they are witnessing or getting ready to witness about Jesus in the lives of other people, whether they be lost or saved. Prepare them with spirits of boldness and not fear because fear is not of You or Your children. Lead their feet on holy ground so that they can receive Your blessing and be a blessing to the lost and saved around them. May the floodgates of heaven open up and shower Your grace and mercy on the witness and his or her friends and family. Use each reader today in a unique and mighty way in order to accomplish Your will in their lives. May they take that next step and say, “Not my will, but Your will be done,” in their lives and the lives of others around them. May each reader be obedient to You and what You and Your Word says and not what others tell him or her. May each seed that is nurtured take root and grow in step with Your Spirit as You equip each reader as called and chosen to witness today. I give you all of the glory, the honor, and the praise today.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless and keep you, dear reader! Peace!

 

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