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Witnessing 101-Part III

Witnessing 101-Sharing Jesus-Part III
5-Excuses of Why We Won't Share

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)

In Part II of this series on witnessing to others about the Lord Jesus Christ, we began to look at 5-excuses that we will most likely face when it comes to the Great Commission and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  So far we looked at the first 3-excuses which included:

Excuse #1    "I don't know enough, I'm a new Christian."
Excuse #2    "What will my friends think?"
Excuse #3    "I'll be persecuted and harassed!"

Our 4th excuse that we will all face in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is fear.

Excuse #4 "I'm Afraid!"

Fear is a crazy emotion that can paralyze the bravest of men right in their tracks.  It can take the hypothetical and turn it instantly into reality, if only in our minds.  More people have suffered the effects of fear than any other emotion known to mankind.  Unfortunately, the enemy knows that this is one of his most powerful tools to use over and over on us.  Fear coupled with a lie will all but lead us astray every time.  After all, isn't fear at the base of every one of the previous excuses/lies?

So, let's take a look at 3-scriptures that if followed and applied will alleviate this unhealthy unrighteous fear. The first thing we need to know is that God loves us, and He is with us, and He won't forsake us or leave us.  Knowing that He loves us this much and that He has promised to see us through everything that He has called us to do should cast out any potential fear we might face when sharing the Gospel.  

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. 1John 4:18 (NKJV)

 The next thing we need to know is that if God leads us to do something, He will equip us to do the job.  God has given each believer the Holy Spirit to guide them, and He will fill them with the power of Holy Spirit for each job as well.

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. Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

"Boy, that sure sounds good Pastor Scott, but I don't know if that would work for me.  I'm not sure that God wants me to be witnessing to others.  I'm not very good with my words and all..."

Don't even go there!  Because it is not about your ability, it is about your willingness to be obedient to God.  He is the one who is doing the witnessing--it's just that He is using you to do the speaking, because it He knows that is will bless you beyond measure!

We need to know that it is God's desire that every human being be saved.  It won't happen, but it is His earnest desire.  And because it is His desire, He has made specific promises to us, and He will fulfill each of them.  As I said before, God is faithful, even when we are faithless.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

The last excuse that we will look at is "Ignorance."

Excuse #5    "I don't know how to approach someone and start witnessing."

Let's face it, we all feel inadequate at times to be that person to share something with another person.  "If only I could be well spoken, or well studied before I speak to them," some would say.  That's not what the Apostle Paul had to say though.  Let's take a look at what he tells the Corinthians.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1Corinthians 2:1-2 (NKJV)

This is huge for us, because Paul was about as educated on the Word as any human being, and yet he kept it simple.  "All I want to talk about is what Jesus Christ did on the Cross of Calvary."  He didn't get into theology arguments or split hairs over worshiping on a Saturday or a Sunday; he just preached Christ crucified-and so should we.

The last 2-scriptures reinforce what our attitudes are to be like when we speak to others.

   We are to be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves (See Mt 10:16).

*    Don't be quarrelsome, but gentle and patient (See 2 Tim 2:24-26).

Hey Christian, the enemy will always give you a reason to say, "No" to the opportunity of sharing the love of Jesus.  Don't think on that lie for too long, because you will eventually act upon it, and do nothing.  

In Part IV I will start to give you a blue print for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we derive from the scriptures above with regard to each excuse for not witnessing?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself using one or more of these excuses for not sharing the Gospel message?

APPLICATION: Simply be faithful to being used by God.  Start your day by telling Him that you are available to be used, and then ask Him to bring the person whom He would have you share with.  Ask Him to give you the Words to share and then say them in love.

Father, I thank You for all the opportunities that You have given me to share the Gospel.  Allow me to share it today with others Lord, and to be faithful to simply passing on what You have given me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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