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Today I wanted to talk a little bit about witnessing. Specifically one type of witnessing that the more I go in my walk seems really ineffective in a number of ways. This is lifestyle witnessing. This is the hope that someone will see what you do and because of your friendship and the way you live they will accept Christ. Of course it is great to lead a life worthy of the calling but to think that your life will be the light that leads others to Christ seems somewhat arrogant to me. I mean, Jesus wasn’t Christian enough for these people to follow him. What makes you think that the way you live will make the difference? Besides this, what if they leave your house, your nice clean house filled with people who were just really nice to them, and get in a horrific accident? What if this happened and they never knew that their sins separated them from God and that they would go to hell apart from Jesus. All they knew was that hey this Christian guy is pretty nice. Make sure we talk to people about sin, forgiveness, Heaven and Hell. Make sure they know how they’ve broken the God’s law and then that Jesus paid the fine for them. Take them through the 10 commandments. Remember Paul said in Romans 7 that he did not know sin but by the law. And again this is not to say don’t be a nice person and let your light shine. I'm saying on top of that, let your friend know the urgency of the Gospel message first and foremost because we don’t know when its our turn to go.
Taken from DiGvotional 14

So today at both of my church services my Pastor prayed for me and my upcoming trip to California to be part of the Ambassadors Alliance program through living waters.  I had the joy of having many people approach me after the service and share in my excitement for heading there to witness and open air preach.  One particular person, Linda, shared this wonderful devotion from today's day by day devotional from http://blueletterbible.com  I was so blown away by the words that I had to share it here.  Enjoy!

Substantial Glory versus Excelling Glory

But if the ministry of death…was glorious…how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. (2 Corinthians 3:7-11)

These verses proclaim another significant difference between the glory of the old covenant of law and the glory of the new covenant of grace. This difference is seen in various contrasting phrases: "was glorious" versus "more glorious," "had glory" versus "exceeds much more in glory," "made glorious" versus "glory that excels," and "was glorious" versus "much more glorious." The old covenant of law is characterized by substantial glory, whereas the new covenant of grace is characterized by excelling glory.
It is certainly true that the law is glorious. That glory pertains to the holy character of God revealed in its standards. "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the LORD who sanctifies you." (Leviticus 20:7-8). This revelation of God's holiness in the law also exposes the unholiness of man. "Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19).
When a person struggles and struggles with a major medical problem, it is agonizing to go on and on, not knowing what the problem actually is. It is glorious when someone is able to reveal what the problem actually is. Part of the glory of the law is that it reveals the basic problem under which all humanity struggles: sin. Yet, it is a far more glorious matter to have a remedy for a problem revealed. Grace is that remedy. "Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:20-21).

Dear Lord of glory, I thank You for the glory of Your law, revealing my sin problem. Yet, I praise You even more for the glory of Your grace, providing a remedy for my sin. Lord, as I humbly feed on Your holy Scriptures, may the excelling glory of Your triumphant grace impart increasing righteousness into my daily life, through Jesus my Lord, Amen.

So today I got to sit with an older woman and give her a million dollar bill and talked to her about the ten commandments, Heaven and Hell. I told her she couldn't get to Heaven through good works it was by grace alone from Jesus. She thanked me and said she would read everything else later. I pray her heart would be stirred.
Ben

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So I was sending messages back and forth with a guy after the initial witnessing message. He had it in his mind that there was a set time that judgment day would come upon him. In other words, he thought it was some far off day that didn't concern him yet. He even went as far as to say,"well judgment day isn't anytime soon unless there's something you know that your not telling me." I let him know that it was whenever he died(Hebrews 9:27) and that it could be today if a meteor were to hit his house or some other freak accident. He seemed to never have even thought of that. He, like most, probably figures there's gonna be time for him to get right with God at the end. I felt glad that he responded in a way that made it seem as if he understood what I meant. I sent him a friend request so I could speak with him again about Jesus. Don't be shy to let people know that they don't know when they will die and that it is important to make a decision for Christ and that not making a decision IS making a decision. This is one way in which the "be friends with someone and hope they accept Christ one day" type of witnessing falls short in my opinion. People need to know why they will be seen as sinful on that day and repent accordingly.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (King James Version)

2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

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