mikehill4jesus “God uses my Testimony to awaken Sinners to their guilt!”
3rd September 2016 (11.01) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
Those described in John 14:23 must have a testimony.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. How can this happen to a Professing Christian and yet they are unable to testify that the Lord Jesus and His Father have come and lived with them?
God used PERSECUTION AND REJECTION as a means of placing me in Birmingham, England. It was while my family and I endured many years of abuse that I was able to witness to the reality of God operating as my Father, my Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit who is the power of my witnessing.
MY TESTIMONY HAS GONE AROUND THE WORLD
The importance of Testimony in helping Sinners, including unconverted Professing Christians.
These are just 7 passages from the Holy Bible about testify on God’s behalf:
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Romans 10:9 if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Timothy 1:8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
Luke 8:39 ‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over the town how much Jesus had done for him.
Mark 5:19 Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
HOW COULD I “NOT” HAVE A TESTIMONY?
Yet I do not have any Christian Friends!
No practical or spiritual support from any Christian Leaders!
LECTURES ON REVIVALS OF RELIGION
by The Rev. CHARLES G. FINNEY
MEANS TO BE USED WITH SINNERS
‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord,
‘and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
IN the text it is affirmed of the children of God, that they are his witnesses. In several preceding lectures I have been dwelling on the subject of Prayer, or that department of means for the promotion of a revival, which is intended to move God to pour out his Spirit. I am now to commence the other department:
MEANS TO BE USED FOR THE CONVICTION AND CONVERSION OF SINNERS.
It is true, in general, that persons are affected by the subject of religion, in proportion to their conviction of its truth. Inattention to religion is the great reason why so little is felt concerning it. No being can look at the great truths of religion, as truths, and not feel deeply concerning them. The devil cannot. He believes and trembles. Angels in heaven feel in view of these things. God feels. An intellectual conviction of truth is always accompanied with feeling of some kind.
One grand design of God in leaving Christians in the world after their conversion, is that they may be witnesses for God. It is that they may call the attention of the thoughtless multitude to the subject, and make them see the difference in the character and destiny of those who believe and those who reject the Gospel. This inattention is the grand difficulty in the way of promoting religion. And what the Spirit of God does is to awaken the attention of men to the subject of their sin and the plan of salvation. Miracles have sometimes been employed to arrest the attention of sinners. And in this way, miracles may become instrumental in conversion, although conversion is not itself a miracle, nor do miracles themselves ever convert any body. They may be the means of awakening. Miracles are not always effectual even in that. And if continued or made common, they would soon lose their power. What is wanted in the world is something that can be a sort of omnipresent miracle, able not only to arrest attention but to fix it, and keep the mind in warm contact with the truth, till it yields.
Hence we see why God has scattered his children everywhere, in families and among the nations. He never would suffer them to be all together in one place, however agreeable it might be to their feelings. He wishes them scattered. When the church at Jerusalem herded together, neglecting to go forth as Christ had commanded, to spread the Gospel all over the world, God let loose a persecution upon them and scattered them abroad, and then “they went every where preaching the gospel.” In examining the text, I propose to inquire.
I. To what particular points Christians are to testify for God.
II. The manner in which they are to testify.
The Lord promised that the number of Saved People would be small and the number of Unsaved People would be large.
The narrow and wide gates.
Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’
It is the Devil that causes the unconverted Professing Christians to believe that a person can have one foot on the Broad Road and one foot on the Narrow Road. But then he always tells lies for he can do nothing else as there is no TRUTH in him.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST KNOWS IF YOU ARE ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES OR ONE OF THE DEVILS
The Gospel of Jesus that many Christian Leaders need to use.
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit without which we are just playing at Christianity.
My Tribute to the Rev Ken and Jean Newton, once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Nr Brisbane, Australia.