WORDKEEPING AND WITNESSING

 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15. That’s what witnessing is – sharing our faith, hope and love with others. Wordkeeping equips us to be able to give a reason for our faith, in a way that is not offensive, but that will glorify God.

 

When we allow our lives to be shaped by the Word of God we possess an earnestness and dignity that will inspire those who observe us. Our stability and sincerity that we receive from faithful Wordkeeping will be a like a light shining in the darkness. Our influence will be elevating. Many who have never opened the Bible will be drawn to God through the lives of His faithful followers.

 

The Word of God, faithfully applied to our lives, furnishes us with interpersonal skills that God can use to win souls for His kingdom. Our language will become refined, our conversation pure. People will sense that we have a wisdom not of this world. Our lives will testify that we have been with Jesus.

 

Before we make an effort to speak for Jesus, we must make sure He is in our hearts. Filling our minds with scripture will give us a sense of preparedness, saving us from the awkwardness of ignorance. That doesn’t mean that we must memorize hundreds of scriptures before we can witness, but we must be exposing our minds to the Word, familiarizing ourselves with it at every opportunity.

 

Our lack of diligence in Bible study will only make any efforts to witness embarrassing and uncomfortable for us. The Holy Spirit can teach us, in 1 hour, enough to go and share what we have learned. But if you don’t take that time, don’t expect to have anything to share. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:5,6

 

If you are faithfully Wordkeeping, it won’t be difficult to share the spiritual blessings you are receiving. It will be impossible to keep them in! Witnessing comes naturally to Wordkeepers.

 

The psalmist sets forth the invitation, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.” Ps 66:16. The testimony of our personal experience is the most powerful witnessing tool available.

 

Witnessing is also referred to as sharing our faith. Where do we get our faith? From the Word. So we are sharing the wisdom that comes from the Word with others. Talk about being qualified: notice what the psalmist says about the wisdom the Word gives us: “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. Ps 119:99, 100

 

Many study the Bible only to be able to win theological arguments. They may discover doctrinal truth, but if they don’t receive it into their hearts, it only makes them miserable to be around. If the Bible student does not obey the Word, he is not Wordkeeping. He may even memorize the entire Bible, but so did the Pharisees and Sadducees. Remember what they did to the Living Word! We must be not only hearers, but doers of the Word. Then our lives will truly be a witness for our wonderful Savior.

 

“But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 8:32 Are you willing to do life-risking exploits to share the Word of God with others? Would you be willing to die for the truth? We wouldn’t die for something that we didn’t love and appreciate. Wordkeeping will give us a zeal for the glory of God that will make us willing to give our very lives to uphold His Word. We must know the truth, so we will be willing to stand firm for truth.

 

The Word inspires us with the holy boldness of men and women of God who have been willing to lay down their lives for Him. We will find courage in the stories of great faith. Holy men will become our heroes. 

 

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:1

 

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

1 Jo 1:9

Iwcos, hifajtfuos, atcufau.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Jo 3:4

Wcstatl: fsittotl.

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 Jo 4:7

B, luloa: flioG; aeotliboG, akG.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 Jo 4:8

HtlnknG; fGil.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1 Jo 4:19

Wlh, bhflu.

1 John  4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Jud 24

NuHtiatkyff, atpyfbtpohgwej.

Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Rev 3:20

B, Isatd, ak: iamhmv, aotd, Iwcith, awswh, ahwm.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 14:12

Hitpots: hattktcoG, atfoJ.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev 21:7

Htosiat; aIwbhG, ahsbms.

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 22:14

BattdHc, ttmhrtttol, ameittgitc.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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