THE LISTENING WITNESS

THE LISTENING WITNESS

Hello all,

I re-learned something wonderful these past few days that I would like to share with you. It has to do with “witnessing” and the wonder of being still and resting in Christ. It is the way that I can be sure that I am truly witnessing for Christ, when I am not there and His love fills me. His love, that agape love for all, that feeling of being filled to the brim with Him.

I guess what I am getting at is, I have re-learned what an awesome tool for witnessing is the art of listening. I recall when I was first ‘born again’, that moment when I became a “new creature”…that moment, that no other moment compares to in this life; I was filled with Him and I became a listener. I only wanted to listen to Him, and in turn was able to truly listen to others.

In this busy work a day 24/7 whirlwind of a world, where everyone wants attention and everyone wants to talk, it is so very rare to meet someone who really listens. When we think of what being a witness means, we usually think of someone preaching the Gospel to others, reciting Scripture, teaching and reaching the lost. It just dawned on me today, that how listening is the key to open the door to speak about the Gospel and often times the listener doesn’t even have to speak.

A really great example of this is found in a wonderful book entitled “The Listener” by Taylor Caldwell. I read this book ages ago, but it has had such an impact on me in regards to listening as witnessing.

As I recall, the Listener is a statue of Christ that sits in a chapel and people come and rest on a bench nearby. The book tells the story of several people who sit and tell their life stories to this statue, and in doing so, truly come to the Lord. It is such a beautiful book, I am not doing it justice in my description, but hope I am getting my point across.

By resting so completely in Him, and by this I mean giving Him every moment of our life and every thought about our life, we are able to witness of Him by just being there in whatever situation that He puts us in, as He is there also. Then, it just becomes a matter of His presence within us; that presence that is always working and is about His Father’s business. Almost everything and everyone reacts to His presence, it is so irresistible, and as such, people are drawn to Him.

To me personally, I am learning that the only work that is required to be a witness to others about our most wonderful Lord, is to to give all to Him, all our fears and worries about everything!! Resting assured that it is in His hands, having total faith that it is, and knowing that no matter what happens, if we are truly doing this, that everything will work for our good.

It is ironic that doing this requires ” not doing”, yet also being able to accomplish all things through Him. It is the non-action that allows for action and right doing. And right doing, and keeping His commandments, is letting Him work in and through us. The hard part of this “not doing” is the death of self, this is the struggle we all have and the one we will continue to face until we are like Him, when we see Him.

It is “love in action” that is the best witness for the Lord. Whether through a kind word, a smile, a touch, or heartfelt listening, all are drawn to Him and it is that being in “His presence” that brings lost sheep to Himself. We do no work in this process, as it is not about us, and what we know or don’t know. This is why Jesus sent us the Comforter, the Spirit we rest in while He works on, in and through us.

I see it work in my own life, and I am so grateful for those times when I am able to do this non-doing. The love that fills me just has to be shared, and it is the agape love that spills out of one when Christ is doing the work. Able to silence my own voice I am able to listen to others, and when that happens, all things are possible.

I know this sounds strange, but I am confident that this truth resonates in every born again Christian heart. You know what this is, you know this is how He wants you to witness for Him because you were given this information in that instant of being born again. You were raptured and set free, to be filled with His love and light, when you picked up your cross and crucified your “self”, and were born again from above.

God is the Lord that resides in hearts, and Satan is a lord that resides in minds. It is when this mind takes over the heart and is sitting in the temple of God, where it should not be, that one is lost. We cannot serve two masters, we must render onto God what is God’s…our heart, our temple, before we will have the mind of Christ. If one’s mind is ruling their life, then the heart becomes the servant of the Mind. This is backward, as a servant is never above the Master!

Our minds (flesh) must be our servant, and our heart (Spirit) must be our Master. The antichrist resides in all of us, but rules in every life not given to God. It runs the world through these millions and millions of people who have mind as god over the Spirit. The intellect must be sub servant to the Spirit, or one is lost. One cannot have the “mind of Christ” without totally surrendering their hearts.

Spirit must be Master over the flesh, and mind is of the flesh if not renewed in Christ.

With all the fear and worry coming at us from every corner of our lives in this world, with evil living inside so many and surrounding others, with the whole of the earth being poisoned and dying, we are to stop, and rest in Him. He will take care of us as we take care of others by being a witness of His presence in our lives. He will draw all His lost sheep to Himself and He uses those who live in Him and rest in Him. The words of witness will come as each situation dictates, just as He told us they will. He told us not to worry what to say as He will give voice to what needs to be said.

Especially now! When we followers of Christ are under so much pressure!! We feel we should be doing something, something meaningful and important in order to win souls for Jesus! When in all truth, He wants us to rest, as it is time for us to rest entirely and completely in Him, not to worry about our own works. He does not want us to work for Him, He wants to work through us as the vine fills the branches. He is the only one producing fruit, we cannot do this on our own.

Doing something in His name, has not the impact of Him doing something in His name. That is the difference in those who call Him Lord, and do miracles and signs and wonders in His name, but he knows them not; and those who have sacrificed themselves and He lives in them and does His work through them.

We are to come out of Babylon, and this means come out of the flesh centered world and into the Spirit centered realm. This is a personal journey on all levels of our being. And we need not pack a bag and move anywhere else to accomplish this. We need to do it right where He has us, to witness to those who are around us, everyday in every way. There is no escaping this world, or being rescued from it, there is only dying to it, and being reborn.

All this inner struggle, battles and wars are being played out all around us is reflecting how much the world is living inside of millions and millions of souls without Christ! The Wide Way seems to be winning, and we are running out of time! Satan has been loosed and we are being gathered to the great day of battle. This battle that goes on inside of every man and has been spilling into the streets of this world and taking over this earth since the Fall in the Garden.

Of course, the Lord knows what this struggle is and how it is magnified in this time of the fullness of all things. Maybe that is why the New Covenant commandments are summed up in love. The act of loving God, and then loving others as ourselves. If we are truly in Christ we love the Lord as Christ loved His Father, and we love others as if they are also Christ! The absolute only way to do this is to be in Him and Him in us.

This all brings me back to the topic of listening as witnessing. It is the very best we can do where He has us at this time, and wherever He may send us in the future. It isn’t about hating the world and avoiding those He sends to us, it is about loving and believing in the midst of the chaos of this life, and about how much of ourselves we give to Him.

It is about becoming love, not just giving it or receiving it. God is love and love attracts all to itself, and all darkness is overcome with light…His light. And His light can shine anywhere.

May we all become good listeners, listening to the Lord, and each other, as we share the love the Father has for the Son, that the Son has imparted to us though the Holy Spirit.

I did a great deal of talking to try and convey this message about listening! Words seem so feeble at times when trying to convey spiritual things. Forgive me for having to use so many of them to state something so simple and pure.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

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