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I Love Jesus

I love the LORD, because… Psalm 116:1

This is a personal testimony. I want to glorify the Lord Jesus by testifying why I love Him in hopes that you will also love Him.

First, I love Jesus for what He has done for me in the PAST. As it says in 1 John 4:19, I love Him because He first loved me.  He loved me while I was still in my sin (Rom. 5:8). He loved me so much that He paid the debt of my sin by shedding His blood for me at Calvary! He saved me from hell and sealed me with His Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!

Second, I love Jesus for what He is doing for me NOW.  He intercedes for me at the right hand of God.  He strengthens me to live in a hard world.  He hears when I call for help. He comforts me in my sorrows. He provides for all my needs. He promised never to leave me or forsake me. He is with me wherever I go. He is conforming me into His image! Glory!

Thirdly, I love Jesus for what He is going to do for me in the FUTURE. He will keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.  He promised to come again and take me out of present evil world to be with Him forever.  He will transform my vile body to be like His glorified body.  Praise God!

Because of these great truths, how can I help but love Him!

Don’t you love Him to?  Does it show?

SIGNALS

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. —Matthew 26:48

A signal is a gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions. Judas used a kiss as a signal to the enemies of Christ to indicate who they should arrest.

Our actions send various signals all the time.  The way you live sends a signal to those around you without you saying a word.  Your actions tell others your beliefs even when your lips don’t say them.

James says your faith, or lack of faith sends a signal— “A man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Peter said the actions of a wife can win her husband without her saying a word (1 Pet. 3:1). As one preacher put it, “Your life is your message.” What message is your life sending?

For example: When you refuse to support missions you are sending a signal that the work of missions is not important. When you skip a church service you are sending a signal that whatever I’m doing at the time is more important than what is going on at church.

When you neglect reading your Bible everyday, what signal are you sending?

When you seldom spend time in private prayer, what signal are you sending?

I recently came across the following quote: “Any religion that does not consider itself valuable enough to share it with nonbelievers is fated to crumble from within.” Who said that? It was not a preacher. It was not even a Christian.  It was spoken by a Jew, Yosef Abramowitz, as a warning to fellow Jews that if Jews fail to proselytize it sends “a signal that Judaism isn’t worth spreading to others.” [Taking on the Southern Baptists, in Moment, Dec. 1999, pp. 34-35]

The same thing can be said of Christians. When we fail to spread the Gospel, we are sending a signal that the Gospel isn’t worth spreading.  When we don’t tell others what Jesus has done in our lives, we are sending a signal that Jesus is not worth sharing with others because He hasn’t made a significant difference in our lives. Think about it!

What kind of signals is your life sending?

Looking Good

Let your light so shine before men, that they may SEE your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16

“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles… that they may by your good words, which they shall BEHOLD, glorify God…” —1 Peter 2:12

A young boy was trying to make some money selling apples at a public market. He would approach people with his basket of apples, and ask, “Apples! Would you like to buy an apple?” He wasn’t have much success.

One businessman who noticed the boy’s disappointment approached him and asked to see one of the apples.  He took the apple and began to polish it conspicuously on the sleeve of his jacket. He then began to stroll casually among the people eating the apple and commenting on how delicious it was.  Then he told the boy to try again.  In a short time he sold every apple. The difference? The apples had been made attractive to the potential customers.

This is a lesson to all of us of how we can interest others in the gospel of Jesus Christ: We must make it attractive to them—show them the difference it has made in our own lives. The Apostle Peter wrote that a wife could win her unsaved husband to Christ without saying a word, just by living a holy life before him (1 Pet. 3:1). As Paul wrote in Colossians 4:5, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without.” We are Christ’s “living epistles, “known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2).  Since “man looketh on the outward appearance,” we should therefore “polish” our outside so others will want what we have on the inside.

The beauty of a changed life can attract others to the One who makes us beautiful. You are a walking advertisement of the Gospel of Christ.  Make it look good!

Guard Your Reputation

Guard your Reputation

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: do doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.” —Ecclesiastes 10:1

    Flies are small but have a great corrupting influence. The “ointment of the apothecary” is a costly, delicate perfume.  Ointment in the Bible is compared to a man’s good name, reputation, or testimony (Eccl. 7:1). The lesson here is how a small act can spoil something that is very valuable.  A single act of foolishness can cause a person’s otherwise good reputation to stink.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman learned this the hard way.  In an outburst of unrestrained emotion, he soiled not only his game-saving play against the Forty-Niners last Sunday, but also tarnished many good things he has done in his life.  His narcissistic rant on national TV only lasted a short 18 seconds, and only time will tell the extent of it’s damage on the career of this gifted young athlete.

Sherman later apologized and confessed, “It was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am.” But, in a moment, a person can undo much good in his life.  It may be “just a small part” of who a person is, but “a little leaven leaventh the whole lump” (Gal. 5:9).

I’m somewhat disappointed in Sherman’s adrenaline fueled trash talk, because I know he is better than that. He is honest, humorous, and personable in press conferences leading up to games and after games, win or lose.

He grew up in Compton and rose above his tough environment to graduate second in his high school class with a 4.2 GPA and win a scholarship to Stanford.

Richard Sherman stops by Children’s Hospital unannounced and makes a sick kid’s day.  As part of his Blanket Coverage Foundation, Sherman gave select students—and there was an auditorium full—backpacks loaded with supplies to be successful in school.  In less than 24 hours after playing in Arizona last October, Sherman was at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA where he gave the entire football team brand new cleats.

One sportswriter commented, “Unfortunately, in this world, between the white lines or beyond them, reputations are hard to repair.”

Each of us need to learn the lesson that in an short unguarded moment, we may say something we will regret long afterwards.  We must beware lest our emotions overtake our good manners when we speak. May we all learn to engage our brain, before we put our tongues in gear!

Remember, when you leave this world, you’ll leave with a cheap suit and a reputation.

“I Stand In Doubt Of You”

“I Stand In Doubt of You”

“…for I stand in doubt of you.” —Galatians 4:20

Paul established the church in Galatia.  But, now just a short time later, the church at Galatia was wavering and being lead astray in to legalism.  Therefore, Paul wrote to them, “I stand in doubt of you.”

He doubted how much false doctrine had infiltrated into their lives. He doubted where they stood spiritually. Had they genuinely received Christ, or were they never truly saved to begin with?

I have had similar feelings about some members I’ve been the pastor of.  I look at their disheveled lives… their unconcern for church or spiritual things… their waving from one doctrine to another… the worldly people they have as close friends—I say with Paul, “I stand in doubt of you.”

    I do not want anyone to ever “stand in doubt” of me or my salvation.  I never want my behavior, or my companions to cast a shadow of doubt in anyone’s mind where I stand concerning the Lord and His work.

Is the way you are living causing anyone to have doubts about your relationship with Jesus Christ?