“O my strength, I will sing praises to Thee; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.” Psalm 59:17
Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough strength to tell people about Jesus? I struggle with that more than I care to admit. Almost daily is the answer. And yet, that is the one thing that Jesus was concerned about before He left this earth.
I’m so proud of my boys! After we came back from our family retreat, they both have taken opportunities to start talking to their friends about their faith. No, my boys are not perfect, far from it. But, they are beginning to understand the importance of sharing their faith with others. It has been so exciting to see.
How can we use the verse above to help us in witnessing? First of all, we need to constantly draw strength from the right source. Without His strength, our witness will be weak and flabby (kinda like me after the holidays). There’s a good parallel between staying in the exercise gym for physical strength and staying in the word and prayer for spiritual strength. I have also found that those two can be intertwined. When we are choosing Him by staying in His word and in daily fellowship with Him, we get to experience Him being our stronghold, our safe place.
Second, God shows His lovingkindness to those who choose him! This needs to be a major part of the message we share. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son…” (John 3:16). Obviously, the other side of the story is that those who don’t choose Jesus should be afraid because they have rejected Him and therefore, will not receive God’s lovingkindness.
My encouragement for us this week: Let’s make sure we are living in the stronghold while telling others that they can experience God’s lovingkindness if only they will choose Jesus!
5 Steps to Make Sure You are living in God’s Stronghold:
- Choose to Meditate on God’s Word Everyday
- Choose to Have an In-Depth Conversation with God Everyday
- Choose to Do the Right Thing Everyday
- Choose a Good Attitude Everyday
- Choose to Talk to Someone About Jesus Everyday