Do your palms begin to sweat? Does your mind run amuck when you are faced with “witnessing?”
People’s love for the Master is great, but their boldness before others is weak. Fear not, you are not alone! Listen to what Paul says: “I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony of God..” Further, he says that he was weak, fearful, and he trembled.
So how do we overcome these feelings when we love Jesus, but find that our excuses outweigh our obedience? This is what Paul did: He counted on the Holy Spirit’s power which reminds us of Zech 4:6:
“Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,”
When we employ that strategy we find that our words do not come from us, but from Him. It is God’s work to open the hearts of men.
The Holy Spirit is the power behind our words and emotions. ”He will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment – concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;” [Jn 16] Trust the Holy Spirit to go before you and He will prepare the hearts. We are the feet of clay to be used by Holy Spirit. Let your passion to share Christ be led by the Holy Spirit.
When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.