”Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them (…)”
People have to know that you’re a christian. They have to know that you pray, and that you are a servant of God, chosen by him.
Okay, it’s story time.
It all started when I asked God to use me more.
I thought of all these people who served and still serve God, like Rachel Joy – who was a huge source of inspiration to me -, Sadie Robertson etc. Since I know them, my strongest desire is to reach as many people as they did
and still do.
I even wanted to be used by God in a way no one else was before. This was and still is my strongest desire. This was what I started to praying for.Because I thought ‘me, dying in an old age without knowing that I served the Lord in a unbelivable way and brought many, many people to Christ?
– Mmmmh… Nah!
Well, I’m a sophomore girl living here in Germany. I’m attending religion class at school. Although it’s a religion class, compared to how the Bible describes a real christian, nearly 3/4 of them aren’t ‘real christians’ (that means they say they are, but don’t believe in what the whole Bible says and didn’t even open it once). Just me and four other friends of mine ‘really belive’ in the Bible and everything it says. Our teacher does believe but as soon as she starts talking you’ll notice that she’s really been influenced by all the theology studies. So we started talking about God and his Kingdom, how to enter it and so on, but she didn’t even knew things like that we have to be reborn through baptism to enter Gods kingdom ( see John 3 ) and much more. And yeah, I often corrected her, in a pretty polite way, and me and a friend of mine kinda started preaching through this at class…I mean, not everyone liked religion class, especially our generation now, but as soon as our teacher started talking, everyone asked me to take over class instead of her, because the things I said were pretty ‘exciting’. I mean, God really used us to speak to our class. Everytime we spoke, I really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and I started crying, well normally I rarely cry, expect of when the Holy Spirit touches me. And yes, later we noticed that our class began to understeand and as soon as we answered the questions they had, everything was clear to them. Everything. And I’m pretty proud and know that God’s not finished yet. We still have like 1/2 year of RE and I know he’s about to use us more and more to talk to his children, but also to warn them, because our teacher also doesn’t believe in hell, while the bible says hell excists and the Gospel is also kinda based on the existence of hell, because that’s why Jesus came and died for our sins, that we can have eternal life in heaven instead of hell, but as I said, we said all of these thinks and yeah, for real I know that God also let me talk to non-believers, to make me grow deeper in his word and to make me unterstand better and learn.
Since then some of them started reading the Bible and understood what God was talking about in specific books. Since then I started an Instagram account where I share Christian testimonies, with more then 700 subscribers – this is not much. But think of all those souls being changed just by reading those testimonies. I was able to help so many people in so many ways….Wow! I’m just overwhelmed with joy when I think of this.
But how can I, by myself, change other people’s hearts?
Zach Conrad once said something very, very good:
Many times we are content with sitting on the sidelines, always hearing about other’s lives being changed in huge ways and God being so important in their life. We go to church and hear people talk about what God has been doing in their life. We go to events and conferences that we hope will microwave our Christian maturity to well done. We read books on how other’s lives were changed. And that is good enough for us, but deep down inside, we wish we could have that happen in our own life. So we make promises to try harder. We recommit our lives to Jesus. We might begin having devotions more often. But, after a while, the desire dies off and the excitement has turned into duty and we give up. Obedience makes the difference in a life that is sold out for God. It is seeing what God does with our attitude of following what He has in the Bible that brings about change in our hearts and a Christian walk that is on fire.
The first important thing is Obedience! But what does this mean?
Obedience is defined as “dutiful or submissive compliance to the commands of one in authority.” Using this definition, we see the elements of biblical obedience. “Dutiful” means it is our obligation to obey God, just as Jesus fulfilled His duty to the Father by dying on the cross for our sin. “Submissive” indicates that we yield our wills to God’s. “Commands” speaks of the Scriptures in which God has clearly delineated His instructions. The “one in authority” is God Himself, whose authority is total and unequivocal. For the Christian, obedience means complying with everything God has commanded. It is our duty to do so. [ source: gotquestions org ]
When we are obedient and follow God and his word in our daily life that’s when God will start using us. Because to stand up for Christ is not just a pleasure. It’s hard, very hard work. But when you follow the Bible and it’s instructions that’s when our hearts will automatically be changed. God will look at you and think “Wow. My beloved child is making rapid progress. He/ she owes her whole life to me.” And he gives us fire. No, no fire to burn down a house with, but the Holy Spirit. Because God himself is “a consuming fire” ( see Hebrews 12:29 ) so fire is often used as a Symbol of God’s presence. In acts 2:3-4 it says:
“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
So the fire he speaks about here is the Holy Spirit. Because we can’t have a “christian walk that is in fire” by our own, because we, me and you, have been sinners since ever. But I tell you, the day you called out His name was the day God delivered you Form every sin and gave you the Holy Spirit. And you know why the Holy Spirit is fire? Because it’s able to destroy anything evil in our and other people’s life. It can do things no one else can do. Not even Superman. You wanna know what it does? Puuuuuuuuh, it’s unbelievable. No, it’s more than unbelievable – it’s unbelievably unbelievable. You don’t believe me? Hm, I warned you! See for yourself…
Luke 10:19 says:
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
WOOOOOOOW! WOW!!! I don’t even know how to put the joy I’m about to feel in words. I just can’t. If you aren’t that excited it just means that you don’t understand. Well, let me explain this to you:
I have given you authority to trample on satan and his demons and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Woooooow again! How great is our God? – Sing with me: How great is our God? Glory be to him forever.
The fire he talks about is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that tramples on Satan and uses him and your enemies as a stair for your elevation. This is real fire.
Now you know what it means to stand up for Christ and how to do it. Comment if God used you to change someone else’ life too.
I hope this could help someone out there. If it did, leave a comment.