Killing Our Witness

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Matthew 5:15-14
13″You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14″You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

We make such an effort to separate God from our lives. We worship on Sunday and as soon as Monday hits we leave God behind. We do all that we can to put a wedge between our Christian walk and our walk within the world. We make excuses and expections for our jobs and how we live as Christians. We are quick to say that its just a job or anything else that may present questionable actions by Christians. We show restraint to conforming to the world and would compromise our love for Christ to fit in. How are we showing faith when we do what makes the world happy in order to live? Who are we putting our trust in? We had our light and we run from the labels of being a Christian or being held to a standard. We grow in hate against God and don’t even realized it.

Mark 8

34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life[c] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Romans 5

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We have all backslide and returned to our sinful nature but who has stayed there knowing the God that we serve? The prodigal son even came to his senses and realized his error. How are we showing Christ love when we live a life that show no evidence of the Holy Spirit living within us?

Romans 8:8-11

8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. 9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

When we live like we don’t know God, it hurts the body of Christ and make our witness powerless. When we proclaim the Savior and His transforming power yet we live as if we are still powerless; We reflect poorly on God. The last command Christ gave the children of God was to make disciples of all nations. How can we do that when others live as if there is no God and these very same people turn around and profess Christ? It is not about doing things don’t get me wrong. Its about showing love to the one who loved us first. Its about being led by the Holy Spirit and touching others. If I told you that I loved you and never showed it, do I really love you? If I said I loved you and when you were in need I turned my back on you; do I love you? What I have shown is hate and disrespect not love. Does it happen over night? not all the time but does it change a person when they truly come to Christ, yes! Our witness is the grace of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We feel powerless to change or to get better at our faith because we are trying to be a Christian on our own.

Romans 8:22-27

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Romans 10:14-17

14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[g]

16But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”[h] 17Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:15

15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are killing God’s glory in our lives, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. God desires to operate as the sole owner of our lives and we will not let the controls go! Just yield to God and rest in His grace. You can breathe life into your witness by letting God by God. It starts with our conversation. It starts living when we first see Christ as our Savior and then when we see the hopelessness of our own self righteousness. Then as we see that it was God’s grace and mercy and nothing that we did that justified us, redeemed us, regenerated us and adopted us. When God’s Grace and His love takes over your heart, it will bubble up and out. It will spread like wild fire throughout your life and consume everyone around you. When you start reading because you want to know more about the God that saw fit to save you from yourself, your mind will start to conform to the spirit. Think about it like this, when you love something like math for instance. Math stops being a hassle and it becomes a joy. You want to know more and more. It soon becomes second nature to you. After that you develop a desire to help others to see math the way you see it. You don’t force it down their throats but you help them in love. Now when you witness about how you use to hate math but then you opened your heart to it. People will see a person who hated math but now loves it… What a mighty witness we will have then.

Romans 12:1-2
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you
Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.
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  1. […] To cut off your witness within the world when we are not at home, church or behind any closed doors kills our witness and the ministry that is being worked within you by God the Holy […]


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