Thursday, April 2, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
You have to be able to self-motivate to be a soul winner.
It's not always skittles and unicorns and there are lots of
times when the only thing making you go out is obedience to the Word, because you don't always feel like it. There have been so many times that I could have let the enemy win. It is a battle of the mind that you absolutely MUST win.
Common mental soul winning roadblocks:
1. Nobody will help me- Get over it, grow up and go it alone. Paul spent alot of time alone in his missions spreading the gospel.
2. I can't afford it- It is free to talk so open your mouth and let Jesus tell you what to say. Also, the Bible tells us not to worry about food, shoes, or shelter. Just go and trust that the Lord will be faithful to your physical needs, and He will.
3. Nobody ever comes to church when I invite them.
I can tell you two things here. First, pray that Jesus will direct you to specific people that need Him and your numbers will improve. Second, you plant. Just plant. You are obeying Jesus by witnessing, so He has to draw them, not you. Just keep going.
4. I'm too shy. Seriously? I'm not so it is hard for me to understand this, but I have a solution. Go to vistaprint.com, spend $10 and order 250 business cards with your name, email, number, and church number. Include service times. On the back place 3 key scriptures that will be helpful for someone in need. Then all you have to do is hand it to someone without going through the whole "witness" thing. Although I will remind you that we are all called to witness, so I'm shy is not a valid excuse to Jesus.
So turn off the tv, put down the video game controller, turn your back on the flesh, and get serious about changing the world and doing great things for God. Dont be a fair weather Christian.
Witnessing and seeing people come to church and finding Jesus is the most rewarding experience ever because it is truly Biblical.
Go get em, it's what you were created for!!
Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many. Matt 25:23
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Could Shad be right?
Is there a "more excellent way?" (1 Cor 12:31)
Is the Bible real?
Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
2 Corinthians 10:5 [Full Chapter]
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Every Pastor or man of God should have his congregation read this article. Today we will be discussing "Catfishing". I am going to go into cop mode for a minute and try to help protect our Saints from online con artists or scammers.
Catfishing is defined as someone who pretends to be someone they're not, using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, or a persona that readily identifies with yours in order to connect with you.
Why would someone do this? With the advent of social media we are now able to meet new people from around the globe. We are able see what is going on in other people's live's, celebrate with them, grieve with them, pray with them, or just see what they ate for breakfast. lol. This platform gives us a larger outlet in which to speak freely about what matters most to us. Many times that is our family,God, our work, and our hobbies.
While this is fun, entertaining, educational, and many times edifying, it also opens the door for those with less than honorable intentions. We unknowingly post intimate details about our lives, that people can pick up on, take note, and use to establish a profile of what we may be looking for in a friend, mate, or someone to witness to.
This person will then find a way to make contact with you, either directly and indirectly, and start the process of building a relationship or friendship with you. Many times this isn't a quick process, because the more time they take getting to know you, the more time they have to get you to trust them. Once they have your trust, they know that you are essentially putty in their hands.
Those that are sick, elderly, lonely, or emotionally vulnerable are apt to be victimized the most.
These people are very good at what they do, perfecting their craft in prison many times. As a police officer, I dealt with all types of people. By far the hardest to read were drug addicts and career criminals. Why? Because they are so convincing in their mannerisms and the details, that they can fool even the sharpest of people. It takes a lot of digging and careful attention to detail to be able to see between the lies and get to the truth.
As Apostolics we have several of the following traits that attract this type of con artist and criminal:
1. We are open to new people. It is our job to befriend new people, look past any flaws and try to lead them to Jesus.
2. We trust other Apostolic's because we believe that they have the Holy Ghost in them which should prevent them from being purposely dishonest. So when someone says they are Apostolic, we automatically open the door to them.
3. We operate in a relatively small community so we know a lot of the same names of people, even if we have never met them.
4. We want to walk as Jesus walked, which leads us to help people that need help.
So how do these traits make us vulnerable?
We meet someone new on Facebook, and they are well versed in the Word. This begins the process of us dropping our guard because we think "surely someone that can speak this eloquently about the Word of God must be true". They have studied us in detail so they speak on topics that hit close to home to us, further lowering our guard. They start "name dropping". Bro So&So told me this, I went to Bible college with Bro John etc. Well of course we recognize those names as people of honor and character, so why would we question this con artist if he/she rubbed elbows with an anointed man or woman of God. If they trusted them then we must also. Right? Not so.
I would like to think they we have the gift of Discernment that would raise a red flag, and we do. Many times this person will say something in passing in a telephone conversation that doesn't seem right or contradicts an earlier statement, but we write it off as an honest mistake. This is in reality, the Holy Spirit poking you and telling you to think, pray, and see it for what is it. Lies. The reality is that this con probably has multiple people they are conning and cannot keep their stories straight.
Catfishing is not illegal that I am aware of, but it is no doubt a sin, and when it is committed with the intent to defraud, it is no less than a one way ticket to hell.
Psalm 105:15, Saying touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Many times this verse is used in reference only to the five fold ministry. In reality this verse covers any Saint that has the anointing of God on them, even if they are not currently working in that anointing. So when someone comes along and cons a Holy Ghost filled believer, they have not only committed the sin of lying, but they have gone against the direct Word of God.
So how can you protect yourself from being "catfished"?
1. Pray that God points people out to you that are out to harm you, and be available for His response.
2. Pay attention to detail.
3. Check references. If this person tells you that they are preaching at a certain church, or know certain people, check it out. Call these people or places. If you cannot reach them in person, consider it a huge red flag. There is no harm in verifying because it is important that you know who you are dealing with. Why would you want to unknowingly want to fellowship with an evil person?
4. Google them. You can learn so much from doing a Google search. Many counties and states have their court documents online, and you will easily be able to see prior criminal court cases or this person's online fingerprint.
5. Check their pictures on their profile and look at the pictures that they post closely.
A. If their family picture's never lock them in at specific place, but are very general, be wary. Examine every detail of the picture. Ask yourself if that picture was purposely taken in an obscure location.
B. If they rarely post photos of themselves involved in activities (face uncovered), be wary. The whole point of being on social media is to share, so it is very rare that someone does not at least occasionally post a photo of themselves doing something.
C. When they post a picture that seems suspect, Google it also using Google images.
1. Example: If someone posts a picture of their "trip to the donut shop" and it includes a picture, Google donut shop pic. Take a minute to look through those images, and most likely you will find that same picture that they used when they Googled the same thing. lol.
6. If they always have drama. They will undoubtly always have a tragedy in their lives. They are gauging your responses to various situations, and when you respond in a certain way, they have you on the hook. You are being baited.
7. Never, never, never send someone any gifts or money that you do not know personally, cannot verify their story, or that you are not absolutely 100% sure is genuine. If you must send money, send it to a physical address. If you send money via Paypal, DO NOT send it as a gift. Send it as "goods and services". This will allows you to get your money back from Paypal when you find out that you have been scammed. If someone asks you to send it as a gift only via Paypal, that's a huge red flag.
Social media is fun, I love it, and I have literally grown a ministry using it. However, if you are not extremely careful, you will be "catfished". There are many kind, wonderful, and hungry people out there waiting for you to connect with them, but you must be aware of the darker element that lurks in the shadows also.
Do your homework, don't be lazy, use the Holy Ghost as your guide. A few minutes online doing your research can save you some heartache and probably some money.
God Bless you,
Saturday, January 10, 2015
This is really for those of you who have spent many hours teaching Bible Studies and the student never really connects, or you are beginning to feel like they are taking advantage of you. Part of being a soulwinner is having a burden to help people. Unfortunately, there are some that may keep you around, not for the Word that you bring, but for the other things you may be providing to them. This is a short article explaining why it is okay to walk away from those people without guilt.
Okay so everybody knows that I love teaching Bible studies. Some of us would go forever if we could and not look back.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3 KJV)
If you have spent time with someone, taught them the Word, the necessity of salvation, and everything they need to know, let them make the decision. We cannot keep chasing after people if they refuse to decide which direction they will go. If they are not willing to be a new bottle for new wine, we cannot force them for the Word says that you cannot put new wine into an old bottle, else it will break and the wine runneth out. Once we have given of ourselves, our time, money, and energy, we must be able to recognize when it is time to dedicate our time to those that are hungry.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. (Matthew 10:14 KJV)
We love giving sacrificially, but when it becomes obvious that we are being taken advantage of, we must be able to walk away and spend our hard earned money on those that really need it and appreciate it and you. When you become a means to an end, you have ceased to become an effective witness.
Even Jesus was rejected in Nazareth after He taught. He didn't try to stay and convince people, He left and went to Capernaum where "they were astonished" by His doctrine. There are too many hungry people out there for us to spend time "kicking against the pricks". The point is, if you have done everything you know to do, and can honestly say that you gave it your all, there is no guilt or shame in walking away.