Soul Winning Friday: I hope you did better than I did

OK, so today is Soul Winning Friday and I’m ashamed to say that I have not shared the gospel  or invited anyone to Church this week. I have a good reason though; my five year old son went to school on Monday and at about 11:30am the school nurse called for me to pick him up because he was ill. My 4 year old daughter started throwing up as well, and I was busy trying to keep my 3 month old from getting sick while caring for the both of them. Unfortunately that was the kind of week I had, and reading the book of Revelations this morning did not make me feel any better about my failed week. Knowing what is to come made my insides ache with conviction. I have to do as much as I can to tell someone about Jesus.  I hope to have a less exciting week next week, but even if I don’t, I must get out and invite someone, next week is Missions Convention at my Church and I absolutely refuse to go without a visitor.

How did you do this week? Did you get an opportunity to talk with someone about Jesus? Share your soul winning experience with us on Apostolic Talk.

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Fasting and Focused Prayer Wednesday; Dying to self

Am I the only one who constantly needs to put myself under subjection. I mean really, it’s like this flesh of mine just wants to take center stage all the time. I have declared war on myself, whenever my mind is full of thoughts of ME; my desires, my finances, my appearance, my future. I begin to worship and glorify GOD. Telling Him Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev 4:11)  I was created for GOD’s pleasure; I must yield to His perfect will for my life. The songwriter said it best “I can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest, when I yield Him my body and soul”.

There are so many important things to pray for, but today I feel urgency in my spirit to focus my prayer on dying to self. A dead man has no feelings, I figure when I’m dead to self, I won’t feel intimidated to hand out a track or invite someone to Church. When I’m dead my feelings won’t get hurt (as often), I won’t be offended. I want to decrease and allow Him to increase in my life. Please join me as I say a quick prayer.

Lord Jesus, I love you, I need you to reign in my life. I need your perfect will to be done in my life. Lord your word tells me that in a house there are many vessels; vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor, but it the vessels of dishonor would cleanse themselves, they too would be fit for the master’s use. I want to be used by you Lord. Purify my mind Lord, let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in me, please help me to think on things that are good and honest. Purify my heart; help me to be merciful and compassionate and kind. Everything that you’ve blessed me with Lord, I give it back to you Jesus. All my talents, my time, my money, I give to be used in your kingdom. Give me a perfect love your people, help me to see souls the way you see them. Let my life praise you Jesus, help me to glorify you in my body. . .

Please continue this prayer on your own, I’m going to continue mine now. What days you fast on? What is your focused prayer for your fast this week? Looking forward to hearing from you on Apostolic Talk.

New Look

To all of you that follow my blog daily, I have attempted to bring some semblance of order to it. As mentioned before, the purpose of this blog is to be an encouragement to believers worldwide. A forum where we can discuss and pray about topics that are important to us as Christians; soul winning, dying to self, fasting, holiness  and much more. So you will know what to look forward to every morning, I have come up with the following schedule:

Mondays will be What’s in my Head Monday.  This will be a continuation of what I’ve been posting since the beginning of this blog, something GOD has placed in my heart, or just an experience I’ve had.

Tuesdays will be Guest Post Tuesday. I’ll do my best to find guests that will provide posts that will be both a blessing and an encouragement to you. 

Wednesdays will be Fasting and Focused Prayer Wednesday. My Church has corporate fasting on Wednesdays. I thought I would share with you what I will be praying about on a given Wednesday and invite you to join me by praying for similar things in your life.

Thursdays will be You Question, I Answer Thursday. All inquiring minds can jot me a question and I’ll do my best to answer it.

Friday will be Soul Winning Friday. We can discuss soul winning techniques and testify about all the people that GOD has allowed us to share the gospel with or invite to Church that week.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I pray that something you read here will help to strengthen your resolve to live for GOD and to share this great gospel with our dying world. If you have a thought you would like me to discuss on this blog, or you have a question you’d like me to answer, email me at apostolictalk@gmail.com. I love to hear from you on Apostolic Talk.

Baptized at 4yrs. old?

So my 4 year old daughter asked to be baptized after our bible study. I was happy that she was so moved in her heart that she wanted to give her life to GOD. Surprisingly though, I didn’t rush for the phone to call my husband and Pastor to tell them the good news and schedule a baptism immediately. Instead I said to her “it’s great that you want to give your life to GOD honey, and I can’t wait to see you go down in Jesus name. Why don’t we pray and ask GOD to fill you with the Holy Ghost first and then we’ll get you baptized the same day.” She was just as excited about the prospect of receiving the Holy Ghost as she was about being baptized. My husband agreed with my reasoning and we decided to pray fervently that when she goes to the alter on Sunday, the LORD will fill her with the Holy Ghost.

Later I wondered if we did the right thing. Kids are able to make good or bad choices at the age of four. Why then did I feel uncomfortable about allowing her to be baptized? Could it be that I think she doesn’t understand enough about what she wants to do? Then again, does she need to understand that Paul compared baptism to circumcision in the Old Testament: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”(Col 2:11-12). Or is it as simple as Jesus said “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). Did I understand everything when I got baptized, or did I just hear the Word, become broken and decided to give my life to GOD?

I came to the conclusion that my little girl knows that heaven is real and hell is real.  She knows the plan of salvation according to Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  She knows that Jesus is coming again soon and that she must be ready when he returns.

How do you feel about children being baptized? Share your thoughts with us on Apostolic Talk.

Little TV or NO TV!

I think it’s been about two years since my husband gave up television. At the time I thought that was way too drastic. I said to myself, I can still watch a little TV, I’ll just watch the clean, good stuff; like “Touched by an Angel” and just for a couple hours per week, plus I need to watch the news. Consequently, I kept on watching my ‘clean’ programs until I realized that I couldn’t have my children in the room at some scenes and especially when the commercials were on. I didn’t like that I had to tell my kids to cover their eyes or go play in your room while I watched my ‘clean’ show. Then I listened to a message about how Hollywood is creeping into the Church, influencing the way we dress and the way we think. At first I did nothing, but as I drove around and saw the billboards, the buses, and the bus stations with pictures promoting Hollywood, I thought to myself “this thing is taking over the world”. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME! and how tragic for me to sit there and allow my thoughts, views and dreams to be shaped by people who don’t know GOD and don’t value his word (the Bible).

It was then that I made the drastic move to give up television COMPLETELY. As my husband said, I don’t want tele-VISION when I sleep, I want GOD’s VISION.  …In the last days, saith GOD, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17   I decided that I wanted to keep my mind clean and clear so that GOD could speak to me. I want to spend my spare time reading a book to my kids or just downright playing with them. I could talk to my husband, read a good book or even start a new blog (that would be this one). I want to leave my footprint on this world, and not allow the world to leave its foot print on me. I am here, and I’m going to live for GOD, encourage as much people as I can and raise godly children. I do allow my kids to watch a few hand-picked cartoons, but it is not their life and it will never be. I let them play together and now that its summer, there is so much to do I can hardly contain myself.

How much TV do you watch? Do you watch TV at all? Please share your thoughts on this subject on Apostolic Talk.

Jehovah’s Witness

See full size imageToday I had the privilege of sharing the gospel with one of the mom’s in my sons class.  Turns out she is of the Jehovah’s Witness persuasion. Our meeting was very friendly (Yes, it is possible to share the gospel in a friendly manner, even if the other party is Jehovah’s Witness, I mean that with no disrespect). I didn’t want to go back and forth about things that really aren’t that important, so I went straight to the gospel; repentance, baptism in Jesus name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Amazingly enough, she was all ears, I got the impression she came to learn, as though she was seeking for more. I capitalized on this and began to tell her about the peace that the Holy Ghost brings and the true joy that cannot be found in this world. I shared with her the testimony of Cornelius, how he was devout in all he did, and that because of his genuine hunger, God responded by sending Peter to give him the TRUTH. I went on to talk about the disciples at Corinth, how that they believed but had not received the Holy Ghost. Paul enquired “how then were ye baptized?”  when the believers told him in John’s baptism, Paul re-baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus. Because she listened so intently, I told her that wherever there is a genuinely hungry heart, GOD will respond.

At the end of our Bible study, she said the Jehovah’s Witness faith must be true, because she has traveled to eight countries through the ministry (including: China, France, Zimbabwe, Japan and Italy) and when she saw the millions who followed and how organized it was, she came to the conclusion that GOD must be in it.  We agreed to continue our study another day, But I believe she wants more than she has.  When I spoke about the peace of GOD, I could see her lean closer.  This world is longing for the truth, some are not even putting up a fight anymore because they know what they have is not working for them.. She asked me how often I went out to witness and if my Church taught witnessing techniques at every service. I told her I’m ashamed to say not as much as I should, but I will do better going forward. I call on Apostolics everywhere to stand up and share this great gospel.

Please share with me about the last person you witnessed to, I would love to hear about it on Apostolic Talk.  

Yeah, I know it’s hard to pray but . . .

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  Matthew 6:6

Please be forewarned that this blog is written from a mountaintop perspective. Mountaintop is commonly understood among believers as being in a good place, where prayers are being answered, victories are being won and miracles are being wrought. The valley is where it’s hard to pray, and the prayers that are forced seem to just get to the roof and no further. GOD seems nowhere to be found and the problems are piling up like dirty laundry. I’ve been on the mountaintop and I’ve been in the valley. Though prayer is easiest on the mountaintop, it must be done in the valley. I have learned that prayer is a way of life. Let me pause here to recommend a powerful book on prayer, The 5 Principles of Powerful Prayer by Margaret R. Banks, this book has taught me a great deal about praying passionately.

 Because it’s hard to pray doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t pray. Prayer is to my soul what breathing is to my body. If I’m breathing I must engage in prayer. A long time ago (this is funny) I would go on vacation and wouldn’t pray because “yippee! I’m on vacation!” I told you it was funny. Oh how foolish I was to believe that I could take a vacation from GOD, or even to miss a day of prayer. I cannot afford to not pray, the consequences are too expensive. Samuel said, “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you…” 1 Sam 12:23.  Oh of course there are those days when I just want to do my own thing and not pray. But when I stop to look at the world I live in with my husband and three small children, I have to grab a hold of the horns of the alter and not let go. I encourage myself, I remind myself that I am a soldier and I must be strong. I cannot sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for the souls that are depending on me. Daniel prayed three times a day and GOD honored his consistency by giving him visions and dreams. I know that if I want to accomplish anything in GOD it’s only going to come through prayer.

What are your thoughts on prayer? Do you pray on vacation? Do you pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray? Let us hear your thoughts on Apostolic Talk.