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START WHERE YOU ARE

How do you begin? Start at whatever level of witnessing you can. If witnessing is hard, start in some safe place like church or at home. Simply express praise for the Lord saving you. Be faithful to praise the Lord for salvation. If you are faithful to praise him, he may give you something else to testify about. Testifying at church is foundational whether in the worship service or the youth meeting. Christians need to hear how the Lord is helping other Christians--it helps them, too.

In time, begin to witness or acknowledge the Lord to people you meet when you are out and about. Practice witnessing. Go to three or four different locations and wish them a good day in the Lord or give some other acknowledgment. If you are complimented for something, tell them the Lord helped you to do it. As with Bible reading, start at some level you can maintain faithfully and not get overloaded. Consistency is important. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Don’t Testify Above Your Experience

Keep humble and honest. You must tell what the Lord has done for you and how he has changed your life. But you do not want to testify beyond what he has done and tell of some victory in your life that has not occurred yet. When you testify about some victory in your life, don’t say, "I won’t be troubled by that sin anymore, or "The devil can’t tempt me about that anymore." That is giving undue attention to yourself. Say something like, "Praise the Lord for delivering me. By God’s grace, I know he will continue to help me.

People Are Ready For Good News

Don’t forget, we are living in a dark and hurting world. People are hungry for good news because so much bad news is around them. If you joyfully tell others how the Lord has helped you, it will bring healing and encouragement. Some may not know right away that they are encouraged and they will not respond as they should, but it is still helping them. Many will be grateful that you took the time to tell them your good news. Of course, the next step after witnessing is soul winning. But, as you can see, that is a subject for another article, sometime. d cautiously, the Lord’s overcoming grace will strengthen you and bless you with such joy that it is all right if you are rejected or people think you are weird or fanatic. If you experience the abiding presence of Jesus that comes from obedience, you will want it more than the approval of friends or family. He will give you the grace to overcome all obstacles. But you have to move out and obey.

 

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