Being On the Front lines

Growing up, I always had others around me that were like minded and worshiped God the same way as me. I always had someone to go to if someone I had witnessed to had torn me down. I had a church to go to every Wednesday and Sunday. I had a support system that I knew I could go to and they would pray with me, encourage me in the word of God, and praise God with me when I got the victory I had been searching for. That was my normal for 21 years of my life, until my husband decided to join the Army.

My normal changed very quickly and I was taken completely out of my comfort zone and my safety net.

When we moved to Texas, I realized very quickly that it was going to be hard to find Christian friends within our military community. That realization discouraged me and made me sad for not only myself, but for those around me who were lost in sin. But even through my discouragement, I knew that God had a plan for letting us be stationed so far away from our local church.

That plan was revealed to me this past weekend when I went out with a friend who doesn’t know the Lord as their personal Savior. This friend has always asked me questions about my beliefs and why I live the way I do, but this past weekend it was different.

My friend asked, “What made you want to change your life and serve the Lord?”

This question took me by surprise, but I was glad that they asked me. With that simple question I was able to minister to them about where God has brought me from. I shared my story with them, starting all the way in the beginning when I was lost deep in sin and ended with what God did for me at the altar back in 2011.

Our testimonies are a powerful tool for evangelism.

Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Psalm 96:3 says, “Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

The bible is clear on the importance of witnessing to the lost that are around us today. We have a duty as Christians to spread the goodness of God and the truth of His word with those who haven’t discovered Him yet. Just like the disciples of Jesus’ time, we too have to be willing to go out into the communities we are in and spread the gospel.

I know where I live at right now, there are not very many who are Christians. It can be scary to be in the minority, but with God on our sides we have no reason to fear. God will give us the words to speak at the right time. God will give us understanding of the scriptures to help us teach the beautiful truths of His word to those in need of teaching. It is only through God that we will be able to spread the goodness of the gospel within our communities.

My friend is asking questions because I believe God is working on their heart. If you have someone in your life asking you questions about your lifestyle and serving God, be patient and compassionate towards them. Be like Jesus was when He witnessed to the lost and remember that every soul is worth winning and fighting for.

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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