The heart of an evangelist – A testimony from brother Walid Bitar

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  1. Mary T says:

    1 Corinthians 3: 25-27 reads “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. “verse 29-31: “That no flesh shall glory in His presence. But of Him are you in Christ Jesus who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. That according as it is written, He that glorieth let him glory in the Lord.”

    Those are some of my favorite verses because of what it says. But also it makes me think about how we do not have to be super talented, super perfect, or have a whole pedigree of accomplishments in order to serve the Lord. In fact, when God’s precious ministers go out and witness for the Lord, the simple gospel may seem pretty foolish to unbelievers. His ministers go out in the power of God. Some of them do not even want to acknowledge God as the Creator of everything and everyone. Some do not even believe in Jesus Christ – He who actually lived on the earth and had many many witnesses as to that fact. God can use anyone and anything He desires for His purposes.

    1 Corinthians 2:4-5 reads “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”

    The apostles were various types of men. Some were fisherman, some had other types of jobs, and with each person, He made use of, faults and all. That gives us hope that we can be a willing vessel for the Lord, and He can use that for his use – and God gets all the glory! To those of us who believe on Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, Master, Redeemer, The Great I Am, Jehovah God, God is not foolish, not weak, but strong and mighty to save! It may be a good thing to be a simple person, so that we have nothing to boast about. In fact, God has the ability to make something out of nothing – He made the earth and universe and every single thing out of nothing – by His word that they be created. Look at what God has done to sinners – given sinners new life in Christ, adopted us as sons, cares for us like a Good Shepherd over His sheep and changed a heart of stone into one of flesh, that now desire to serve Him in holiness and obedience and not the world. God took our depraved hearts and souls and gave us new life, as Jesus put His righteousness on us paying our sin debt. He brought us from death to life! Jesus freed us from the bondage of serving sin and shame. God took us who hated Him, and turned that into love for Him. Oh but we are far from perfect, we cannot boast. But to walk this journey along the path that God has set before us, is joy unspeakable and full of glory! Hallelujah to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever! May His name be praised!

    Malachi 1: 11 – God says “For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto My name, and a pure offering, for My name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.” And God gives us the PRIVILEGE of serving Him! Hallelujah! There is none like Him – above Him there is NO other!

    The moral of the story is – Lord, give us a minister that preaches truth, in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit who will give us the words of life and truth – that of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

  2. Sister, you said:

    In fact, when God’s precious ministers go out and witness for the Lord, the simple gospel may seem pretty foolish to unbelievers. His ministers go out in the power of God. Some of them do not even want to acknowledge God as the Creator of everything and everyone. Some do not even believe in Jesus Christ – He who actually lived on the earth and had many many witnesses as to that fact. God can use anyone and anything He desires for His purposes.

    Did you mean that God may use ministers who do not believe in God as the Creator or in Jesus Christ as a real historical Person?… I want to make sure I understood you well…

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  3. Mary T says:

    Ah – I was talking about true ministers who minister to the unsaved – I mean to say this –

    “In fact, when God’s precious ministers go out and witness for the Lord, the simple gospel may seem pretty foolish to unsaved people. These ministers go forth in the power of God. These unsaved people do not even want to acknowledge God as the Creator of everything and everyone and they do not even believe in Jesus Christ – Jesus who actually lived on the earth and had many many witnesses as to that fact. God can use anyone and anything He desires for His purposes”

  4. Mary T says:

    The Lord be with you! I am bringing to your attention some curious things going on nowadays, to give Biblical answers to such a strange phenomenum that seems to be happening a lot lately (at least to my knowledge) since we MUST base EVERYTHING on the Bible and not going off into carnality or charasmatic things that are not Biblical. Here is just one link for your information:

    http://spiritlessons.com/Documents/More_than_Dreams/More_than_Dreams.htm

    If you Google “Muslims see visions of Jesus” you will get many a website where Muslims claim to have dreams and visions of Jesus, and even very strict religious Imams who previously reject Jesus Christ and his crucifixion and resurrection, they then see these “visions” and “dreams” and they convert to Christianity. Now I read one website where it seemed like a person saw a non-Biblical vision because it pointed her to a church building and this alleged apparition of Jesus told her to go there because “this is where I live” which is not Biblical. However, there seem to be accounts of things that might be true. But we must be careful because the enemy can also appear as an angel of light. However, the visions that seem to point to Christ seem to convert people and make them what appear to be true Christians. But I don’t want to, at this point, put my stamp of approval on these things, because we must go by the Bible. What do you have to say about these things in light of the gospel. Could the Lord be actually doing something miraculous by giving people visions and dreams and announcing that He is the risen Christ, etc., if it is the last days to bring the gospel to every creature in a way that they can understand and be saved.

  5. Peace to you, sister Mary!

    That’s a very important question. The phenomenon that you are talking about is a known thing in Middle East, and we see it around us, so we don’t even need to google about it.

    Let me first make this very important comment: Today, there is a grave misunderstanding among Christians about what conversion really is, so they think anyone who leaves his religion and becomes a Christian or gets baptized is a true Christian. They forget that many others are leaving their religions and are following a false “Christianity” (like Mormonism), and yet that doesn’t mean that they are saved just for the fact that they left their religions and wanted to follow Christ as they thought He is… Thus, the fact that a Muslim left Islam to follow a false doctrine that claims to be Christian Faith is not a proof that he became a true Christian. Have we forgotten that all of us were not Christians before we were saved by Christ, and we all originally were pagans? And yet, many of us who today call themselves Christians are not true Christians or true brethren; you can read about this in our article True brethren and false brethren. So the fact that a Muslim became a Christian through a dream or a vision is not a proof that that dream or that vision is from God; it could be from the devil as the Bible warns; as you said, the Bible says that the devil comes in the form of an angel of light, so he can come and claim to be Christ. Has not Jesus warned us that in the last days some will come and claim to be Christ, and that we should not believe them?…

    Having said this, we should also be careful not to condemn all Muslims who come to Christ through a certain vision or dream. First, make sure to understand that this is not about the sign gifts; sign gifts were given in the apostolic times to the Church, i.e. to those who were already saved and had the Holy Spirit, whereas the Muslims that you are talking about are seeing those dreams or visions when they are NOT Christians yet. Those among them who may have truly had a dream or a vision from God may be compared to the magi to whom God talked by a means that they could understand (a star) to lead them to Christ. God can use dreams and visions today (things that simple people may consider as divine, just as the magi used to believe in stars before they came to Christ) to lead them to Christ so that they may be saved. But the dangerous thing is that many false teachers today take an advantage from these things to mix them with the false dreams and visions that come from the devil and to finally make a false argument in defense of their charismatic or Pentecostal non-biblical doctrines about dreams and visions. This is where we should be very careful. The dreams or visions that God may be using should agree with the Word of God and should be leading people to the true Christ of the Bible, i.e. to the true biblical doctrine. From their fruits you will know them.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

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