I’m taking a class with BMA Seminary; Introduction to Christian Teaching. I believe it will help me learn more about the Bible and I hope it will compliment my writing. One of the required books I need for the course is the Baptist Expositor, Leader. I was reading the first lesson of Leader/Spring 2020 book and the first lesson is on Acts 1:1-11.
I’ll summarize what’s taken place: “The apostles, were told to wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit Who would empower them to witness for Jesus. Jesus told them that their witnessing would be far-reaching beginning at home and going to the uttermost part of the earth. What a gigantic task that lay before them! How can such a task be accomplished? They key to their success would be the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Baptist Expositor Leader/Spring 2020)
“Today believers do not have to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. He came 2,000 years ago to empower the church and has faithfully dome so ever since. We can tap into that power right now and be witnesses for Jesus. Are you utilizing the power of the Holy Spirit now to be an effective witness for Jesus? We should work hard at our witness for Jesus knowing that one day He will return to this earth just as He ascended into Heaven.” (Baptist Expositor Leader/Spring 2020)
We were just talking about this at Church, well we had Brotherhood breakfast at Church; we’re Baptists so we eat a lot, and the devotion was about asking God to use us to witness to others. If we have faith and pray to be used as a witness, the Holy Spirit will make give us the words and confidence to be an effective witness. I know it’s hard to step out and have faith to talk to others about Christ, but that’s what were supposed to do, we are supposed to build the Kingdom. I read a statistic that shocked me; only 32 percent of the World’s population believe in Jesus. This is going to sound BOLD, but I wish it was 100%! Hell wasn’t intended for us; it was intended for the Devil and his demonic angels. Matthew 25:41 says “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (King James Version of the Holy Bible Holman KJV Study Bible 2012). I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be on the left-hand side, bound for everlasting fire!
The sad thing is that you just have to BELIEVE in Jesus, that he died on the cross for your sins and accept him into your heart, and your life and repent from your sins. We’re all sinners, but believers are saved by God’s grace because we are sinners, we’re not perfect.
So, ask to be used by God to witness to others and let the Holy Spirit work in you.
I know it’s a controversial topic, but we’re all going to die. Ecclesiastes 7:1 says “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. 2. Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies – so the living should take this to heart. 3. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. 4. A wise person thinks only about having a good time”, (Holy Bible Gift & Award Edition New Living Translation Second Edition 2007) Death is certainly nothing that we can avoid.
Before I just use those scriptures because it fits into my writing, I wanted to share with you more about the content of the verses and the author below:
“In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon uses a series of examples – wealth, wisdom, popularity, pleasure – and shows how each of them ultimately ends in disappointment if it becomes the sole reason for one’s existence. After pondering this dilemma for several chapters, the author finally comes to this conclusion. Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. It appears the Teacher abandoned any hope in worldly pursuits and decided to glorify God provides the only lasting meaning of life”, (Holy Bible Gift & Award Edition New Living Translation Second Edition 2007).
I was at a funeral the other day and it gave me time to reflect. We don’t know how many days we have on this Earth, but God certainly knows how many days we will live. It’s sad when people die, we’re humans, and we have feelings. We’re supposed to love one another. And while I am sympathetic towards actors, actresses and other famous people’s families, or anyone after they lose someone. If I don’t know them personally, I try to not get to distraught over their deaths. We’re all going to die. It was their time to die. If they’re a believer then they went to heaven and that is the ultimate goal. They’re in a better place than we are.
The Bible says sometimes people die early or too soon because they can’t handle the World. Isaiah 57:1 says “good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil way to come. 2. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die”, (Holy Bible Gift & Award Edition New Living Translation Second Edition 2007) I know it’s hard for us feeble humans to understand but God knows what he is doing.
Furthermore, I believe no matter what our circumstances there’s always a chance to witness to other people. Again the ultimate goal is to lead lost people to Jesus Christ, even if we are in the hospital ourselves. Maybe God put you there for that specific purpose. We all have a purpose in life. What is your purpose in life?