Monthly Archives: October 2012

CALL UPON HIM!

Keep it simple. Tell how the Lord has changed you. These were words that I heard on the radio while driving to work this week as it relates to sharing the gospel. This, however, does not mean to “water-down” the key message:

Romans 5:6-8 (Amplified)

6 While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.

7 Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die.

8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

The radio host went on to say that sometimes we have a fear of sharing the Lord with others because we try to conjure up the right words. We can easily complicate things, and in the end never take the opportunity to share the gospel with those who have been placed in our paths.  The last thing that someone on the receiving end wants to hear is a list of clichés or confusing theology. I would say, at least based on my experience, that people want to hear words that are born out of a true encounter with God; words and a life that express what He has done for us, and who He has become to us after we first submitted our lives to Him.

Take a minute to recall your own conversion. I heard “Born Again” by Third Day, and recounted!  I still remember the evening that I gave my whole heart to the Lord. I also made the decision to get baptized that evening — January 7, 1987. That was just the beginning!

Romans 10:13 (Amplified)

For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q_FTRNTDbU

Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn’t at all who I thought he’d be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I’ve a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I’m not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn’t looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I’ve never known
That I’ve never felt before

It feels like I’m born again
It feels like I’m living
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
It feels like I’m breathing
It feels like I’m moving
For the very first time
I’m living for the first time
In my life

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD

There are greater things to be done in our world…. because He is our God! Like many of you, I watched the first presidential debate this past week. I couldn’t wait to see the two men spar against one another — wondering who would emerge this time as the victor.  No matter what you or I thought, I remembered who is ultimately in control of my future, of our future — if we would submit and allow Him to lead us!  When we rely solely on our own wisdom, how can we possibly know what is best for us without His abiding presence?

The God of This City” by Chris Tomlin is a wonderful song that reminds me that He is all-powerful, and greater things are still to be done through the people of God — by the power of His Spirit and the power of His Word!  It is easy to find something to whine about, but it takes a deliberate act to pray before the litany of complaints flow from our hearts.  I pray that the Lord will continue to convict my heart when that happens, and help me to be bold so that I am present in the lives us others.  Let us make a commitment to pray not only for this nation, but for all nations. We are mandated to pray for those in leadership as referenced in one of the Apostle Paul’s letters.

1 Timothy 2: 1-10 (The Message)

1-3The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

8-10 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGkEE5dwmdY

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia