Christianity in a Word

Have you ever thought about what you would call Christianity if you only had one word to do it?

Check out this cool video that does just that and then some.

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Before I teach on personal evangelism for the body of Christ, I must first give you the most important first step in becoming an effective witness for Jesus.

You need to become like Christ.  That’s it, simple enough, right?  Every believer who becomes like Jesus is a powerful tool in the hand of God.  I can hear you saying,”yeah right, I’m not anything like Jesus”.  That is where you and I may disagree.

Know what You are and Who You are in Christ

It is my opinion your spirit, if you are “born again”, is exactly like Jesus.  So 33% of you is exactly like Jesus.  Since you are made up of 3 parts (body, soul and spirit) you need only to get one of the other 2 parts to be more like Jesus and you have a simple majority.

Since the body or “flesh” is enmity with God, you can never change the “flesh”. The flesh is constantly at war with the spirit so by the process of elimination it is your soul that must change.

The soul is defined (by me) as, your mind, will, and emotions.  It is the person you are inside of your body.  By renewing your mind with the word of God you help your soul to think like Jesus.  (This is moving beyond the personal evangelism teaching but some of this needs to be taught.  for those of you new here, I occasionally chase rabbits)

“So what does this have to do with personal evangelism?”, you may be asking. Well, nothing and everything, you are made in God’s image, three parts, all different but the same.  Get to know yourself, what you have, who you are in Christ and witnessing becomes much easier.

Did Jesus have a problem drawing a crowd?  As I read the Gospels Jesus loved and was loved.  He lived with the people, taught in their synagogues, healed the sick and preached the gospel. (Matthew 4:23-25)

I think this simple pattern is the key to growing “the church”, not a church, The Church.  While some focus on numbers only, the simplistic model Jesus used is all we need.  Notice what the Bible says in Matthew 4:24: Then His fame went throughout all Syria…then in Matthew 4:25: Great multitudes followed Him…

Personal Evangelism Starts with Knowing Christ

Personal evangelism starts with knowing Christ and then doing what Jesus did.  Teach, preach and heal, this is the “Jesus” model for the church. (as I see it)  How simple, almost too simple, teach people the Bible, preach the good news and heal the sick.

No church could hold the multitude that would follow this kind of evangelism. Preach (spirit), teach (soul) and heal (body)…we are spirit, soul and body and Jesus touched/ministered to the complete person (all three parts) and the multitude followed.

The church is made up of individual believers, personal evangelism begins when believers spend time with Jesus and then go out “among” the people.  Many today go to church, hear a message on evangelism, feel guilty and then attempt to witness to people.  This is bound to fail, your motivation is okay (help people) but there is no power.

Again look to Jesus, He spent time in prayer with God, so much time in fact He was able to declare God and I are One. (John 17:22-24) When you spend time with Jesus every day, you begin to think like He thinks. (Ever heard of having the mind of Christ)

Here is a real life example: My wife and I spend so much time together we start to finish each others sentences or we know what the other person is thinking.  This is normal with any relationship where time, trust and communication are present.

The difference, between my relationship with my wife and my relationship with Jesus; I can sometimes influence my wife’s thinking. The same is not true when I spend time with Jesus, as I read the word it clearly states God does not change.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  If anyone changes, when you and Jesus spend time together, it will be you.

Want to be more like Jesus? You must believe part of you (your spirit) is already exactly like Him. Part of you (your body) will never be like Him. (Until you get a new body)  The part that can change (your soul) takes time and effort with Jesus to become more like Him.  This is where the battle rages (In your mind, will and emotions) so before you learn to go out into the battle. You must first learn to go into the presence of God.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

How to discern the “Spirit of Religion”

making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:13

Spirit of Religion

Spirit of Religion

Have you ever seen an evil spirit?  I can honestly say I have not seen anything with my natural eyes, but I believe the spirit of religion raised its ugly head around me twice last week.

You probably have never thought about what a spirit looks like, again I am not going around looking for angels or demons but in a two conversations this spirit came out of nowhere.  Here is how you can know it is not from God, this spirit gets offended when you step out in faith and start believing the word of God.

Paul’s words are so much better than anything I could write on dealing with this spirit, so here is what he is saying to you, as you begin to walk in the power of God’s word.

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Philippians 3:12-16

There is a freedom in forgetting those things which are behind; failures, disappointments, loss, pain, suffering etc.  While you forget the bad, you will gain a peace that surpasses all understanding…You simply move on with what God has for you today.

Start each day in the word of God, finish each day in the word and the spirit of religion will not stick to you.  How can you know when you are dealing with the spirit of religion?  This spirit (as is true with most evil spirits) always brings up the past.  “You standing on that promise brother?”  “Well, sister so and so died from that, are you saying you are better than her?”

WHAT? Where did that come from?  I said, “I am going to believe God for healing”.  I am meditating on God’s word, reading when and how Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease.  I also believe the promise of John 14:12 , I can do everything Jesus did.  Which by the way is, heal all manner of sickness and disease. (One of many promises)

The spirit of religion does not want anyone to actually meditate on the word of God, this spirit wants us to stay busy arguing, defending our position, holding on to “How we always have done it”.  The traditions and doctrines of men, is in a word…Religion.  As I study Jesus’ words in Mark 7 this is exactly what He was dealing with too.

I am choosing the word of God over the words of others, I am not called to argue or defend my position, Jesus has called me and you to heal.  God wants a complete healing, both physical and spiritual healing.

Salvation brings a spiritual healing that was accomplished at the Cross.

Before Jesus died, He took a beating, so when you look to those stripes in faith, physical bodies are healed.  I don’t have it all figured out, but using the name of Jesus, I have seen people healed.  Try it, if you are a disciple of Christ, you have been given the power to heal.  Trust me, it is in the Bible, all you have to do is believe.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Praying for eyes to see

 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? Mark 8:18

Praying for eyes to see

Praying for eyes to see

For the last several weeks I have been praying for eyes to see and ears to hear. This post is specifically my prayer for the spiritual eyes to see, I have the natural eyes working every day.

While I was waiting for my answer I was imagining God was going to open up the spiritual realm like He did for Elisha’s servant and I would see the Host of Heaven all around me…Nope.  Our maybe I would see into Heaven… Nothing.

What I got was a simple thought that I would like to share with you.

I am a reader, and when I am reading, let’s say a fictional book, my house could be on fire and I would not know it. Why am I unaware of my surroundings? It is because I am not in my house, I am in the book.  I am the hero of the story or I am right there watching everything unfold.

Have you ever wondered why the book is so much better than the movie?  It is because of your imagination or what I believe Jesus was referring to as your spiritual eyes to see. (Mark 8:18)  Jesus was scolding His disciples for having a hardened heart and not being able to perceive the miracles of the feeding the five thousand. 

Today, we have the same problem, we have hardened our hearts.  I think it is worse today then with the disciples, because we have something the disciples didn’t have, the written word of God.

We can look into God’s word and see the miracles, imagine the dusty roads, see the faces as God heals all sickness and disease. (Matthew 9:35)  We can actually see Jesus when He tells His disciples, all these works and greater works will you do (John 14:12) if we will open our spiritual eyes and see.

Like the book is better than the movie, I believe the Bible is better than actually being there with Jesus.  Remember He is with you right where you are, God said, He would never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8)  

Pray that God will open your spiritual eyes, He has opened mine and He is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34,35)  He will open yours if you ask Him.

God is good all the time, better than you can ever imagine.  Close your natural eyes and think about all the good God has done in your life. See Him as the perfect, kind, loving Father.  He wants to do so much more, talk to God today.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Why clothes Lord?

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy,  because of Your truth. Psalm 115:1

Have you ever asked a question of God and waited for an answer?  That is where I have been for almost 7 years.  The funny thing about this “Christian Clothing Company thing”, is I have had absolutely no attraction to clothes.

That does not mean I am against people being dressed.  No, put me down as saying most people I see need to have on more clothes, not less.  The point I am trying to make is, I never cared about what I was wearing. (Much to the dismay of my wife)  There are many things I care about, things I am passionate about, clothes wasn’t one of them…until now.

Christian Clothing Line

Christian Clothing Line

Clothes were created by God to hide our nakedness. Satan has taken clothes and like everything else God created, he has distorted their purpose.  Instead of a covering, they are now a fashion statement. 

“Clothes make the man”, I am sure you have heard that before.  Do you think that saying can be found anywhere in the Bible?  Let me save you some time…it is not in there.  Satan is a liar, thief, murderer, a master deceiver and he has “owned” the clothing industry. 

I want to go on the record as saying I own the most powerful clothing line in the world.  In fact, when God finishes teaching me all He wants me to learn and releases me, Nike, Under ArmourRalph Lauren, etc. be forewarned, we will totally dominate the clothing industry.  How can I say that you may ask?  I say it because I believe taking back the clothing industry is something God wants to do.  Is anyone in this industry giving God the glory?  Some may give a token mention to God, but our company is being built upon the word of God, Jesus. 

The reason we have “struggled” in the past is not because of God, it is because of me.  I am no longer going to stand in the way of God.  No, I am praying to be released into this arena to do battle for the souls of men.

This company will give God glory (it already does) in everything we do  and accomplish.  It will display the love of Christ and here is the best part, it will help the church bring in the harvest of the lost sheep wandering around without a Savior.  What other clothing line has that as its primary mission? (Can you see why we are confident, God is going to bless us?) 

So here it is February 1, 2010, and we have not yet dominated in any area of the apparel industry, but we will, in Jesus name.  We are excited about what God is doing in our company and we believe you will be too.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Not everyone is an evangelist

If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? (1 Corinthians 12:17)

Have you ever noticed the person usually with the most enthusiasm for a project or assignment is the one who can do it the best?  We have an evangelist come to our church to tell us all how to evangelize.  They are

Tiger Woods hits his driver

Tiger Woods hits his driver

usually the best of the best.  It would be like having Tiger Woods tell you how to hit a driver and then show you videos.   Are you then going to be able to hit the ball like Tiger? No, not even if he takes you outside and teaches you everything he knows, you still will not hit the ball like Tiger. Tiger has a gift, and his gift makes things easy for him that are harder for you to do.   I’ll bet you struggled to witness like the evangelist also.  Have you ever thought, “maybe that is not my gift”.  Have you ever asked the question, “What about us average non-gifted believers”?  What are we to do?

Since becoming a Christian over 16 years ago I have been told repeatedly, “you need to fulfill the Great Commission”.   How many times have you gone door to door?  I have never read in the Bible where Jesus went door to door. (So why do we?)  His fame, love or reputation brought the people to Him.

Feeling a little frustrated and maybe even a little guilty, I prayed for help to be a better witness.  My goal was not to save the world, I wanted to be able to talk to friends and family about Jesus.

One on One witnessing

One on One witnessing

God gave me an idea over 6 years ago and it has changed my witnessing life forever.  This idea was so simple, even I could do it.  The first time I tried this simple idea, two people asked me about Jesus.  Over the last 5 years I have told hundreds of people about Jesus and I still do not consider myself an “evangelist”.

If you have ever struggled with witnessing, we have discovered an amazing tool… your clothes.  Clothes were invented by God to cover sin, (Gen 3:21)and God gave us a logo to use, to help tell people about Jesus.  Here is the best part…you don’t have to say a word until someone asks you a question.

We have coined the phase Effortless Evangelism.  Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light”.  So with that scripture in mind, we developed Wear Christian Clothing, a company created to empower/help the body of Christ fulfill the Great Commision.
You do not have to be a good witness, you need to only cover your nakedness with clothes that will solicit a question.  You will be blessed and amazed at how much easier it is to answer a question than it is to start a conversation about Jesus… Effortless Evangelism

Sharing a God story

Have you ever had a thought that is so “not you”? I recently had such a thought and I believe it is worth sharing. A little background, I rarely read the newspaper. In fact I must also confess I do not watch much TV. So now you know by modern standards I am “strange”. I justify this stance on 2 things, my experience and the scripture in Philippians 4:8 that tells me to think on those things that are of good report. My attitude and perspective is soo much better not engaging in all the negative stuff the media tries to feed me.

So now you have the background, here is what happened Tuesday. I was sitting down to lunch and the Shreveport Times was sitting on the table, it had on the front page President Bush’s visit to Alexandria. I scanned the article and for some strange reason I turned the page. On page 2 was an article about a fallen soldier and how his brother wrote a letter to the President. After reading the article, I was immediately moved to write the President an email to thank and encourage him to continue to see families.

I have never written a letter to any public official before so needless to say I argued with myself for the rest of the lunch. The conversation in my head went something like this, “You need to write the President”. “Write the President? That is crazy, he’ll never see it.” Ignoring my own sound reasoning I had the same thought again, “You need to write the President.” After about 3 or 4 volleys back and forth in my head I got the thought, “It will take 5 minutes, why would you not write him?”

I got up and wrote the President this email.

Dear President Bush,

You are a man of great honor and dignity. The story in the Shreveport Times
today sums up your heart and spirit. Thank you for visiting with the families
of fallen soldiers.

You are called every name in the book, daily, but the one that comes to my mind is honorable. May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of transition.

Rarely do I read the paper but today I had a weak moment and picked it up. I
was drawn to the story about a family I do not know, and will probably never meet, but I wanted to say thank you for giving your time to this family. Travis Nixon gave all he had to America and because of great warriors like Travis I am free to live my life.

You do not have to die to give all and I know you have surrendered 8 years of your life to serve America. Thank you for your service to this great country. While I have not agreed with everything you have done,  (I don’t know of anyone I agree with all the time.) I have prayed and continued to support you because of your great character.

Thank you again, may God bless you and May God bless America.

Your brother in Christ,

Greg Ryan
President- One Drop of Blood
Haughton, LA

I wrote my letter, still not sure why, but I was at least obedient to the thought I had at lunch. That was Tuesday and as Paul Harvey has said so many times but now here is the “Rest of the Story”.

Friday I had a scheduled closing on a house (For those of you who do not know I am a Realtor). My Buyer was a very nice older lady downsizing to a smaller home, the closing was postponed a week because of an additional requirement of her mortgage company.

The closing went great, my lady signed everything and was excited about buying her new home, we were all about to leave when the Seller showed his Realtor a coin. Being across the table I could not see it but his Realtor said something like, “That is so cool, the President gave this to you?” My ears perked up and I jumped into their conversation. “Did you say the President, do you mean the President of the United States?” They said yes and handed me the coin the President gave this man. It was at that time I “came to myself” and notice the name of the Seller…Kurt Nixon. The man that wrote the President a letter and had inspired my email was sitting across the table from me.

Since I represented the Buyer I had no connection to the Sellers other than selling their home. I never pay much attention to the Sellers’ name because I do not ever have contact with them. With that said, I sat there in total amazement of how God put all of this together to minister to me. I told them my story and about the email. (They were also amazed)

When I wrote the email I thought it was to encourage our President. God knew the email was written to encourage me and build my faith. What an awesome God we serve. I am sure He speaks to me everyday. I pray I will become a better listener.

We overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11) We have built a company on helping you share your testimony with people who ask for it. I hope this encourages you, even though you did not ask, I had to tell someone else how God encouraged me. God is good all the time.

Is Salvation really for everyone?

The quick and easy answer is yes. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world this includes past, present and future sins of everyone, everywhere. (1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only but also for the whole world.)

The real problem for salvation is not sin. The price for sin has been paid, in full, by Jesus Christ. The real and most telling question God will ask you, (He may ask more questions but I am confident this one will be asked, probably first.) “What have you done with My Son, Jesus?” The answer to this question will determine where you spend eternity.

So how do you “get in” to Heaven? It is only through Jesus. In John 14:6 Jesus very clearly states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Pretty simple, the path to getting the right answer to God’s question is through Jesus.

The Good News is everyone is eligible for salvation. The not so good news is many will reject Jesus. There are many reasons given for not following Christ but it all boils down to “pride”.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.(1 Peter 5:5, James 4:6) That is the key, a church word called repentance is what must happen before there can be true salvation.

Through repentance you admit you were wrong, you admit God was right and ask God to forgive you. It is also a turning away from the past attitude of you being in control and admitting or declaring that God is now in control of your life.

God reached out to me many times but I was too arrogant and stubborn to listen. It was not until I realized I was going nowhere and needed some direction for my life that I was open to God. I was invited to hear the Word of God at a business meeting that had an “optional” Sunday morning service. The Word was preached and the Word came to life in me. It is to true what is said in Romans 10:17 that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Then I took that faith that came from hearing and I combined it with the Grace of God and I was saved. Using Ephesians 2:8 You are saved by grace through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God. My salvation came when I confessed with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believed in my heart that God raised Christ from the dead, I was saved. (Romans 10:9)

It has been a wonderful journey that started over 15 years ago and grows stronger each day. No where in the Bible do I read my new life in Christ will be without trials but I do read daily how God will supply the strength, courage and power to overcome anything that comes my way.

God saved me by His word, explained/preached through faithful men and women of God. The word of God must be proclaimed for faith to come and salvation to take place. So we at One Drop of Blood have developed a product to open the door of conversation so that word of God can be proclaimed.