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A Proper Confidence

A Proper Confidence

Then Moses answered and said, But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, The LORD has not appeared to you. Exodus 4:1 (NKJV)

Q:    Have you ever found yourself lacking the confidence in your own ability to do something that God asked you to do?   

Such was the case with Moses.   God had already assured him that the Israelites would listen to him, and yet we see Moses doubting his own ability to simply pass on information that was given to him by God.  Isn't that so like us at times in our walk as Christians? I know there have been times in my life where I had the chance to share the simple message of the Gospel and I either froze up or simply doubted as to whether the person would receive or believe what I was to say.

It seems to me that we often conclude within our own mind the outcome of how something will turn out without even attempting them filled with anxiety or doubt the whole time.  We need to always remember, If God will lead us to it - He will lead us through it.  This very much applies to our witnessing and the sharing of our faith with others.  And this is because God will give us the same three tools that He gave to Moses that enabled him to do what was needed. The first of these tools is

1.    Ability  

God gives us certain abilities at birth and they are there for when we become Christians and we make our decision and commitment to serve God.  Think about some of the talents and abilities you may have right now.  You can be sure God will use some of these talents for His glory.  It may be construction, computer abilities, financial planning, weed abatement, etc. it doesn't matter - He will use it.  The second tool given to us is

2.    Our Personal Testimony

 Hey people can argue over various interpretations of scripture until the cows come home, but when it comes to your personal testimony of what God has done in your life, and your relationship with Him, the argument stops there!  There is no arguing with your personal testimony, and this makes for a very powerful tool for witnessing. The Third tool that God gives us is

3.    Authority

When it comes to ministry, we should never underestimate the power of the Gospel message and the authority with which it holds.  This is the infallible, inerrant, and Holy Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

We have been blessed with a multitude of talents and abilities, and we use these to foster our relationships with others, but we seldom use them to share the truth about Jesus.  There is something within us that keeps us from being honest and forthright when warning people about the path they have chosen how it will lead them to destruction both spiritually and physically.

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)

We may find it easy to befriend people, be kind and considerate as well as helpful wanting to leave a good impression, and yet we won't give them the good news that Jesus died on a cross to pay for their sins and that He has a plan for their life right now (John 3:16; Jer. 29:11).  We need to ask God to give us boldness to ask others, Would you like to know Jesus as Your personal Lord and Savior?  Can I lead you in a prayer?  

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to start your day in prayer, asking God to empower you with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), and to give you the words to share with others.  Keep it simple, and know that you don't have to know everything about the Bible to be an effective witness in sharing the Gospel.  You have the truth and Authority of Gods Word; you have your ability given to you by God, and you have your personal Testimony.

 Oh, and don't forget, you have the Holy Spirit living within you, guiding you and prompting you each step of the way.  Even if someone doesn't receive what you have to share, you can know that you have been faithful to share.  And that's all that has been asked of you.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the Word of God good for?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself worrying if you knew enough to share your faith with others?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in every conversation.  Brush up on the basic scriptures that share the Gospel of what Jesus has done.   These can be found in the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Father, thank You for Your prompting of Your Spirit within my life so that I may speak boldly with others.  Lead me and guide me in all of my conversations today, so I may speak of the things that glorify Your Son Jesus.  I ask this in His precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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