Be a witness

11 May 2020

Series: Bible study

Be a witness

Is your life a witness of whom you believe in? The Bible says, in John 2, 1. John 2, Matt 7:21-23, John 3, if we are Christians, our lives should testify of Jesus. Most Christians would rightfully so agree, and by living morally lean lives, they would argue they meet this requirement already. But what happens when disaster strikes? Are people still able to see who you believe in?

How we respond to a crisis, not our moral choices, is what separates a Christian from a gentile. You do not have to be a Christian to live a morally decent life, but you do have to be a Christian to keep calm and have hope when the rug is pulled out from under you. The only way to become that type of a Christian is to walk and live in God’s will for our lives.

What is God’s will for your life? In Ecclesiastes 12:13, the Bible says Gods will for our lives is to respect Him and obey His Torah. What is His Torah? The Torah is the written law of Moses, the first five books of the Bible. The Torah is the very thing mainstream Christianity tells you is evil/sinful/a burden/impossible to obey/done away with at the cross. The very fact that mainstream “Christianity” says we are not to follow the Torah when the Bible says the opposite, ought to make us question what or who “Christianity” worships.

The only thing that makes us Christians different from a Gentile is our response to a crisis. The way we respond to a disaster is the same way that assures us of Yehovah’s help. We know from Ecclesiastes 12:13 how to respond to an emergency, and everyday life is: “respect Yehovah and obey His Torah.” And if we do respect Yehovah and obey His Torah, we can trust Him to meet all our needs in every situation His way (Matt 6:25-34)e

Deut 28:1-13, Matt 6:25-34, says Yehovah will heal us, provide for us, meet our needs physically, spiritually, emotionally, relationally on account of our obedience to the Torah. It does not say how He is going to it, or even when, it just promises He will. He says He is going to do it, but He reserves the right to do it His way in His timing. And this is where it can get challenging to be a good witness for Yehovah.

Trusting Yehovah is hard, especially when nothing goes the way you want it to. You want to be healed right now, the way you want Yehovah to heal you. You want to be delivered right now, the way you want Yehovah to deliver you. You and Yehovah agree upon the end goal, but you disagree on how to get there. Yehovah has promised to heal you, deliver you, and provide for you, but He reserves the right to do it His way. If we are going to be a good witness for Yehovah, we have to trust Him even when we agree on the end goal but not how to get there.

We have to trust He will heal us, even if our condition gets worse. We have to believe He will provide for us, even if we dont see it right now, and we only see the opposite. So how do you trust Him in a way that everyone around you can see your faith, even when it does not make sense? How do you trust Him when you only get sicker when you can’t pay your bills or feed your family?

The solution is, Ecclesiastes 12:13, respect Him enough to keep and obey the Torah.

The Torah is our guarantee He will heal us His way. The Torah is our guarantee He will deliver us His way. The Torah is our guarantee He will provide for us, His way. His way is always the best way. So whenever your situation does not make sense, instead of worrying, instead of falling headlong into depression and fear, obey Ecclesiastes 12:13 by making the Torah your priority and the object of your faith.

If you do, everyone around you will see your peace in the storm. They will know who you believe in by who you obey, and they will see the one you believe in, Yehovah, showing up and showing off in your life. How do you know for sure? Because Yehovah promises this to everyone who obeys His Torah, but He reserves the right to do it His way. (Deut 28:1-13)

This means we will find ourselves in a lot of situations we dont understand. We will have prayed for provision, and no provision will show up. We will pray for healing, and it only gets worse. This is when we will be tempted to grumble and complain, but we can’t give in to this temptation.

The Torah says we can’t complain, and we can’t grumble about our situation. It goes as far as to calling grumbling and complaining a sin that could end up costing you your salvation. (Phil 2:14, 1 Cor 10:10) So when we pray for healing, but it only gets worse, or we pray for provision, but nothing happens, we have to obey the Torah and choose not to complain. How do we make that choice? By being thankful for what we have.

We have to be brave enough to say thank you for what we have, instead of grumbling over what we dont have. If you are not healed, thank Him for the fact that you are still alive, and He is sustaining you through this. Because you obey the Torah, because you have sacrificed for your sins by faith in the cross, He is there with you in the sickness. (Psalm 23) If you are about to go bankrupt, thank Him for not leaving you in this storm. He is there right along with you. By being thankful for what you have, you will obey the Torah, and if you obey the Torah, the Bible says He will heal you, He will provide for you, but He reserves the right to do it His way in His timing.

When people around you see your peace in the storm, and they see your gratefulness for what you have, they see faith in action, and they understand how wonderful Yehovah is. This is the best testimony you can give them. But this can only happen if you choose to obey the Torah.

Is your life a witness of whom you believe in? Only if you obey the Torah, do not complain, sacrifice for your sins by faith in the cross, and be thankful for what you have. If you do, Yehovah will know it is safe to bless you with more and what you have asked of Him.
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