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New Disciple Lesson 7
Psalm 37 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Remember from our last lesson, the Psalmist is not saying that if you make God your delight that He will give you whatever you want. The Psalmist is teaching us that when God changes us so that He becomes our delight, we will want what God wants to give us and then God will freely give us all that He Himself has desired to bless us with.
One of the desires of God's heart is that He is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) God did not desire that YOU should be apart from Him and ultimately perish, suffering an eternity of His wrath. So, God sought you out . . . He met you in the midst of where you were . . . in your mess. He offered revelation of Himself to you. He used circumstances in your life, He used other people, He may have used dreams and visions, all to let you know that He was there and had plans for you that were good and not for destruction. (Jeremiah 29:11) God did not force Himself on you. He did not make you give Him your life. He offered to take your life and rescue you. By freely accepting His offer to rescue, you became a Christian. You gave up to Him your messed up life, and He gladly received you into His family.
Well, God says that He is willing to do that for everyone. John 3:16 (NASB77) 16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. In some way or another God used other people to help you know that God loves you. Now God wants to use you to help others know that God loves them too. But just like the other aspects of the Kingdom that we have looked at, God doesn't turn you loose to 'win' people in any manner that you would choose. As an ambassador of His Kingdom, you must conduct yourself according to Kingdom values and principles. God Himself will not treat someone with disrespect or dishonor, you must not either. God Himself will not manipulate or in any way mis-represent Himself or His Kingdom.
People who claim to be Christians, who run around shoving gospel tracts up people's noses, telling people that they are going to hell rarely are acting like Jesus and are often mis-representing the gospel (which means 'Good News'.) Does someone who is stealing not know that stealing is wrong? How about adultery, do people not know that it is wrong? What about murder? Yet all these things continue to go on. People know that those things are wrong. They know that they are guilty for doing them. They may not know the full consequences of their actions. God will grant you opportunities (both with people you know and with total strangers) to teach about the reality of consequences (in this life and in eternity) of sin. Along with those opportunities, you will be able to tell what the GOOD NEWS is . . . that God Himself has a plan to rescue from sin and it's inevitable consequences. Because you are in the midst of experiencing God's rescuing and transforming power in your own life, you are uniquely qualified to tell others about what God is doing with you. That is what being a 'witness' is all about.
The history of God's work in your life is called a 'testimony.' The testimony belongs to God and not to you. It is HIS work in you, not about what you have done to rescue yourself. Since that story belongs to God, and since you, yourself, belong to God, it is for God to direct you to use the story in the ways and at the times and with the people that He directs. You must KNOW Him, LISTEN to Him, and DO what He directs. He has plans to use you so that others will not perish but have everlasting life.
If you have questions, e-mail Bro. Eliot Roberts, pastor
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