I grew up in a mainline church. I am grateful for all that I learned there. I believed very strongly in God, and I believed the Bible was all true. I believed that if I dared to question the Bible, God might strike me dead. I am grateful for the truth that I receive in the United Methodist Church. However, after 14 years in that church and being “confirmed,” I did not know that I needed to be born again, as Jesus said in John 3:7-8.
Some people like to use social media and networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Many of them are Believers. I am among them. If you are also among those who like to interact with people through social media, it can be a tremendous opportunity for fellowship and for sharing the Gospel.
What if, at this moment, you found out that you were going to die in 24 hours? Would you have to change anything?
Sometimes when we share the gospel with people, it seems like an exercise in futility. Some people show a negative response or no response at all. Don’t let that bother you. Keep praying for them. Many years ago, I had an experience that may be as much of an encouragement to you as it was to me.
Sometimes, we may have trials, problems, and tribulations that require a great deal of patience to overcome. Sometimes, those trials may come through those who are close to us and who are people we consider to be believers.
Would we say in our captivity, “If I forget you, O Jesus, let my right hand forget its skill; if I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth; if I do not exalt Jesus above my chief joy?”
"It is often said, “experience is the best teacher.” Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way. Sometimes God leads us through difficult times to teach us something we need to learn. This is His way of making it real in our lives. David knew this better than most men. It was a long and dangerous road of difficulty from the moment he was anointed king by Samuel to the day he was finally crowned king. David had plenty of moments to reflect on how the Lord had led him. He had plenty of time to compare the plans he had had for his life and God’s plan for his life..."