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Personal Testimony

JESUS SPEAKING

‘Now as Jesus passed by he saw a man who was blind since birth […] He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him “how were your eyes opened?” He said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received my sight.'” (John 9: 6 – 12) Later, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, the Pharisees demanded that the man born blind testify before them. The Pharisees told him to “give God the glory. We know that this man is a sinner (referring to Jesus).” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9: 24 – 25)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

The blind man in this scripture provides us with a simple example of how we can share our own personal testimony with others. His response to the pharisees is direct and concise; consisting of three primary components. First, what his life was like prior to meeting Jesus; second, how and where, and in what manner he interacted with Christ; and finally, how his life was transformed by this encounter. “That though I was blind, now I see.” For some, sharing their personal testimony can be difficult, intimidating, and even frightening. However, sophisticated words and eloquent speeches are often unnecessary; we don’t need a degree in theology to properly evangelize. Instead, our personal witness is sufficient; we need only explain what it was like before we met Jesus, how we received salvation, and what our lives are like now. We were all once dead in our sins, but are presently alive in Christ Jesus.

Stories of radical conversion are extremely powerful and can prompt many to put their faith in the Lord. For example, near the end of world war 2, one of Hitler’s bodyguards was a man named Kurt Wagner. He adored the crooked leader and revered him as a god. And yet as the allies moved in, Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker. Kurt’s faith in the Feuhrer was shattered and he was planning to commit suicide. While going for his final cup of coffee, he picked up a discarded gospel tract and read it—first carelessly, but then with great interest. As the result of reading this Gospel tract, he sought out a Godly Pastor who led him to Christ. Kurt was immediately transformed. Upon receiving Jesus as his Lord and savior he became a new creation. This once evil and hardened man had become a peace-loving man. He eventually became the Pastor of two churches in Frankfurt, Germany. His miraculous conversion and subsequent testimony have become influential examples of the power of God’s redeeming grace.

Like Kurt, as believing Christians we also have a personal testimony to share; a witness of what God can accomplish in the lives of those who have once walked in darkness, but have seen the light. He can take broken things and make them whole; He can heal minds and transform hearts. In fact, there is no limit to what God can do when someone becomes a willing vessel. Many of us have met Christ at some point and have been transformed by Him. The record of this event and our subsequent rebirth is a powerful way to spread the gospel. When we are out in the community, may we have the tenacity to tell others what God has done for us; how our lives have been changed, and how they too can be reborn. This is our personal testimony; and it is simple and powerful.

“Lord Heavenly Father, give us the courage to share our personal testimony with others; that You might receive all of the glory and honor. May we desire to tell our fellows about how you have transformed our lives. May they see Your unending joy in us and hunger for Your salvation. Give us opportunities to witness to others, to evangelize, and to spread the gospel message. Fill us with your compassion and love; steady our minds and soften the hearts of those who might hear our words; that they being blind, may also com to see. We love you Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

Leading Others to Christ

JESUS SPEAKING

    While journeying through Samaria, Jesus became tired and sat down next to a well; as he rested, he began speaking with a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water; during their conversation he revealed to her certain intimate details of her life; details that only God Himself could know.  Amazed and astonished, ‘the woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet […] I know that the messiah is coming (who is called the Christ.)  When he comes he will tell us all things.”  Jesus answered her saying, “I who speak to you am he.” […] The woman then left her water-pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done.  Could this be the Christ?” […] And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in him because of the word of the woman who testified saying, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.”  So when the Samaritans had come to him, they urged him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.  And many more believed because of his own words” (John 4: 19 – 41.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

    One fateful afternoon, Jesus Christ chose to reveal himself to an immoral woman who was attempting to draw water from a well.  She was completely unaware that on that day she would find the Son of God and receive salvation and eternal life.  Upon hearing him recount every intimate detail of her life, she became overwhelmed with joy.  The astonished woman left her water-pot behind and entered the city; seeking to lead others to Jesus.  As expected, those who followed her eventually received the free gift of God.  Everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ becomes his messenger.  Having been redeemed, we must then strive to lead other sick individuals to the ‘Great Physician;’ the only one capable of mending their wounds and healing their broken hearts.

    Like our ‘Great Physician’, there was once a missionary Doctor who was practicing medicine in a Chinese hospital.  As he sought to alleviate the suffering of his fellows, he surgically healed a man afflicted with cataracts (a clouding of the lenses of the eye that causes blindness.)  A few weeks later, 48 blind men arrived from the wilds of china (each one seeking to undergo the same incredible procedure.)  Incapable of proper navigation, they forcefully clung to a rather long rope.  Not surprisingly, the man who had been cured was guiding them.  These desperate men had journeyed nearly 250 miles before safely reaching the hospital.

    There are so many people in this world who have been blinded by sin and death.  These individuals need someone to guide them toward the ‘Great Physician.’  Like the Samaritan woman, those who have been enlightened are given the task of leading others to Jesus Christ.  As ‘reborn’ Christians, we are instruments in the hands of an almighty God.  If we are willing, He will use us to reach out to our family members, co-workers, and friends.  Our task is to testify concerning the wonderful works that He has accomplished in the lives of all those who believe in Him.

    “Lord Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Holy Spirit.  May we be amazed every day by Your righteous deeds and miracles.  Help us to embrace our obligation to lead others to Your Son.  Provide us with opportunities to witness to our family members, co-workers, and friends; that they would hear our words and greatly desire the gift of eternal life.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

Look to the Cross

JESUS SPEAKING       

        “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to myself.” This he said signifying by what death he would die. The people answered him, ‘We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12: 32-36.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

          While addressing his followers, Jesus prophesied concerning the manner in which he would die. He would be crucified, and the cross would come to symbolize healing, forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Those who look to it in faith receive everlasting life and the free gift of salvation; those who refuse to accept Christ’s sacrifice continue under condemnation, and will eventually face eternal judgment.
          In the Old Testament, God lead the children of Israel out of slavery and bondage in Egypt. They passed through the Red sea unharmed, and they entered the desert. While in the desert many Hebrews rebelled against God and the authority of Moses. Angered by their arrogance, God sent poisonous snakes into their midst to bite them. Moses fervently approached the Lord and begged Him to show mercy. Moved with compassion, God told Moses to sculpt a brass snake and fasten it to a long pole; he was then told to raise the pole up in the middle of the camp so everyone could see it. The Israelites were instructed that if they looked upon the snake in faith, they would be healed from their venomous bites (simply put: look at the snake and you will live; refuse to look and you will die.) Jesus Christ was also lifted up on the cross for everyone to see; those who look to him in faith receive eternal life; those who refuse, experience judgment and eternal separation from God. Jesus said in John 3: 14-16, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.”
          The cross has always been a powerful symbol. It has the power to bring light into the lives of those who walk in darkness. It has the power to heal and the power to reconcile sinful man with a pure and Holy God; it has the power to grant eternal life to those who would but look to it in faith. May you look upon the cross and receive the free gift of salvation. May you receive the blood of Christ and the forgiveness of sins. May you be ‘reborn’ and may God guide you as you travel toward His eternal kingdom.
          “Lord Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your wonderful plan of salvation. As we look to the cross in faith, we receive Your sacrifice and we embrace our new lives with You. Forgive us of our sins through the blood of Christ Jesus. Grant us eternal life. Heal our hearts and minds; help us to be ‘children of light;’ that others might see our good works and honor You. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.” God bless all of you.


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