Sharing Faith




“I told the deputy when I got here that I needed to see the nurse because I was pregnant. But she didn’t let me,” spoke a young inmate with an upset tone.

She was complaining of spasms on her lower abdomen. I told the unit to send her down to Infirmary so I could test her for pregnancy and determine what was wrong.

“Usually, inmates complaining of lower abdominal pain don’t drink lots of water. So, I’m going to ask you, how much water do you drink?”

“Honestly, since I got here….None!”

“If you’re able to give me a little sample of your urine, I’ll test it for pregnancy and even a simple urinalysis because maybe you’re coming down with UTI [Urinary Tract Infection].”

Only a few drops were visible with the small cup she handed back to me. It was very dark, obviously concentrated urine. Just enough. For pregnancy tests. Being careful not to waste even a drop, I slowly put some on the test strips. Few seconds later, both lines, one red and one blue became visible meaning it was positive for pregnancy.

After taking her vital signs and asking her more about pregnancy history, I set her up to see the doctor that morning. I started her prenatal vitamins and other things she was supposed to have to make sure that she had a follow up care. She was so thankful that I had seen her and did not turn down her request, as it was not really an emergency.

“Drink! Lots and lots of water….Maybe that’s all you need…Water…I‘ll have you be seen by our doctor in just a few hours when he gets here. Okay?”

Smilingly, she replied, “Yes, Ma’am. I will. Thank you.”

When I went back to work that night, I reviewed her chart to see what was done by the doctor. During that sick call, she denied the abdominal pain and actually had told the doctor that she started feeling better after I saw her. There was no further order as I already had initiated all the things that she needed, being pregnant. I felt relieved for her that it turned out to be okay.
 
Have you encountered those who need help, in distress, because they are pregnant with the sins they bear? For many months, for many years, or all throughout their lives? Have you done enough to let them know that sometimes, all they need is to drink the “Living Water” in order for them to feel better? Have you ignored their pleas for them to see the “Doctor”?

Don’t be afraid to share the Good News. Don’t let that opportunity go if the Lord has brought someone needing salvation to you. Don’t be afraid to share that faith based on truth!

How do you share our faith with those who are very spiritually sick? This is from “Sharing your faith made easy [by Mark Walter]:

From 1 Peter 3:15:

~”Always…” - always means always or at all times. There is no day or time of day when we are off duty as Christians.

~”…be prepared” - means make preparations to help you to share your faith. Reading through a book like this is one way to do this. Become truly familiar with the Bible.

~ “…to give an answer” - means that there are answers to give. You may not know all the answers now. You may never know all the answers. But this does not stop you from finding out some answers when you get stuck. Make use of more experienced Christians. See if one of them can help you.

~ “…to everyone” - means everyone [no omissions, no exceptions]. You can’t be too choosy who you witness to. God may give you many different kinds of people that you should witness to.

~ “…give the reason” - means that the Christian faith is not anti-reason. Oh yes, it is faith, but we have all been given the minds by God. God commands us to love Him with our minds. It brings no credit to Jesus if we give the impression that Christianity is irrational. If that was the case, it would mean that a human mind is superior to God’s mind.

~ “…for the hope you have” - means that we must share the hope and confidence that we have in Jesus as our Savior.

~ “…do this with gentleness and respect” - means that we treat people with a kindly, understanding spirit. We don’t turn people off by our attitude or misdemeanor.
 
So, keep cool! Remember that it’s possible to win that argument but still lose the battle. May God give us the boldness to share the Good News!

24 comments:

  1. I love this post. This is my favorite of yours that I have read thus far. Thank you for this reminder. In my work, I struggle to know when to share my faith ... so, pretty often I opt not to.

    Thank you for reminding me to ALWAYS share it.

    God bless and hope your day is great.

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  2. Great focus! I fear that all too often I fly through a day, buoyed with joy but oblivious to the lost all around me. It's not reluctance that impedes me, but distractions.

    God bless you,
    Kathleen

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  3. great post as always - I love 'pregnant with the good news.' As a Jew and Christian, I don't speak my faith unless I know the person is ready or asks. I try to live and let others see... and then ask....

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  4. Another great lesson for the day. This really gets me thinking...what am I pregnant with? Am I pregnant with sin, or glad tidings? What am I waiting to give birth to? The Word of God must be consumed daily, so it impregnates the heart and spirit, to be shared with the world.

    Great post!

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  5. Amen. Glory to God! Wonderful post today.
    Many times we hold our lips when speaking about His words because we might become unpopular and our actions will not meet their expectations.

    I'm praying hard to be bold when opportunity comes and strength to walk my talk.

    Regards. Have a wonderful week.

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  6. Rosel,

    We always need to be prepared each day to share our unique stories of just what having Jesus in our lives did for us and be prepared to lead them to God. It is our chosen destiny from God to share the good news with everyone!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

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  8. Thanks for this encouragement. May I never get too busy with my own stuff, my own to-do list, that I fail to see those around me who are thirsting (even if they don't know it themselves) for God. May I always rely on His Words to share.

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  9. @ Bro. Ike: "Do I know Him?" I just know "He's my all-in-all..." Thank you for sharing that powerful video.

    Thank you to all of you for coming by and blessing me with your visit/encouragement. God bless.

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  10. Rosel, Thank You for sharing your Faith and the Word Of God... Many Blessings my friend, Audrey

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  11. Absolutely awesome. Like the backpack illustration you told me you shared with your son, God will give us just the right things to say that will be meaningful at just the right time. Praise His Name!

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  12. There is such a great reward in sharing the Good News. It's an adventure, that's for sure! Love you sis!

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  13. I really enjoyed this post, love you.

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  14. What a beautiful story to share and encourage all of us. May we be pregnant with the purpose of Our Lord and drinking plenty from the living water.

    Joyfully His,
    Sarah Dawn

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  15. Beautiful message and analogy. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

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  16. I love your post and your analogy. It's right to the point. This is one of my most favorite post by you so far. Blessings to you!!

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  17. stopped by to read this again and listen to your soothing music. Hope your day is going great. Sarah

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  18. This was a great post. I love how you display the love of Christ in your work!

    Rich blessings to you!

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  19. Rosel, Wanted to stop by and say Hi. Hope your day is going well. Blessings... Audrey

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  20. Pregnant with sin? I had never had that visual but it really works with the gospel...being forgiven of sins takes a moment of sincere prayer...but birthing those sins out of your body takes the pain of labor.

    As usual I loved the post!

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  21. I love this.....and God-ronically.......I am starting my day with God's sacred portion of my time and found myself in Isaiah so the opening Scripture was such a blessing as well!

    You are truly a vessel for God.

    Peace~
    *~Michelle~*

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  22. What a privledge to be able to share Christ in your work dear one. Thank you for an inspiring post. Blessings and hugs.

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  23. Thanks for the suggestion but I lose the animation that way. Do you remember what website you found it on?

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  24. This was so excellent Rosel! Dispensing the Living water from our own lives into others for their sin ailments is an excellent analogy, in relation to sharing the Gospel, that will stick with me for a long time. I might just use this illustration some day when I teach, if you do not mind. I so love gleaning wisdom from you each time I visit you.
    Christy

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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