Here Comes the Groom

Weekly Sabbath Survey
 Here Comes the Groom —  3-11-2017
Wedding traditions: every culture and ethnicity has theirs. The clothing, the ceremony, the decor, the food. Some things have roots in superstition. Like it’s ‘bad luck’ for the groom to see the bride on their wedding day until she’s walking down the aisle. Others are cultural with roots way back, like jumping the broom and throwing the bride’s garter for the lucky single guy to catch or the bride’s bouquet for the young ladies.
By God’s own design, much of what we do at weddings mirrors His laws and His plan for us. None is more obvious than the Jewish wedding ceremony. Today it’s modernized and lost some of the rich symbolism which was once a part of the ceremony. A wedding in context of the Bible will give us a great picture. It’s easy because the Yemenite Jews in Israel today still have the old, old wedding traditions.
After two families make an agreement for betrothal, the parties all sign a legal contract of marriage. The wedding ceremony is a formality and celebration, but once the legal, binding contract is signed, the couple is already man and wife. No date is set. The couple each stay with their own parents, while the groom ‘prepares a place’ for them to live. They may see each other (like dating) if they live near. When his father says the place he’s made is ready, word is passed along so the village women can begin to prepare, but only the groom’s father can say exactly when. Does any of this sound familiar?
So when The Father decides the time is right, the groom gets himself bathed and dressed to meet his bride. When the groom and his friends start walking down the street toward the bride’s home, the single girls in the entourage go along carrying oil lamps, because the groom always arrives after sundown. Villagers join them as they go along, laughing and chattering with excitement. The best man runs ahead to the bride’s home, yelling all the way, “The groom is coming! The groom is coming!!!” During this time the preceding week or so, the bride has been in a constant state of readiness every day. She had her wedding clothes and jewelry laid out and ready. She bathed each afternoon in water perfumed with oils. All she had to do was slip out of her night dress, fix her hair, put on the wedding dress, veil and jewelry. Her married friends, her sisters and her mother help get her gussied up, and she is, of course, gorgeous. She is ready for her husband’s arrival. Rev. 19:7 says “The bride has made herself ready.”
As the groom’s party approaches the young men hoist him up seated in a chair so he arrives like a king of old. The people cheer for the groom. He is the centerpiece of the wedding. He shouts his wife’s name. She comes out and is seated in a chair beside him. The Rabbi addresses them with admonitions of love and respect for one another, and prayers that many children be born to them. Then, the dancing and feasting begins and goes on into the night. The men dance together in one circle, the women in another. At some point, the groom gives the bride one end of a scarf and he holds the other. With it stretched between them, they dance. She is still veiled. After they dance, she quietly slips away into the marriage tent which was set up by their friends and furnished with food, wine, sheets and pillows, whatever they might need. The groom waits a short while, giving the bride time to remove her wedding regalia and ‘slip into something more comfortable.’  When he comes to join her, the best man stands outside the tent’s door to make sure nobody bothers or teases them. The singing and dancing and rejoicing continues far into the night.
I have no idea when or how or why our customs changed to make the bride the star of the wedding. But no matter what our customs are, when Jesus returns for His bride, He will be coming as a mighty King for a bride that adores Him and has been making herself ready for a very long time. At that moment, every eye will be fastened on The Groom.
The first time I read that the bride MADE HERSELF READY, I realized I was just sitting around waiting for the Lord to change me (like a baby’s diaper!). Not good enough!! He does change us, but at my stage in development as a Believer, I knew that very day I had to start doing some things myself!! I might make heaven like I was, His blood and all that, but if I wanted more, if I wanted to be a part of The Bride, I needed to start preparing myself. I’m still working on it!
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to The Groom: for the marriage supper of The Lamb is come and his wife has made herself ready. He says, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, Come Lord Jesus.  Revelation 19:7, 22:17  
Scroll down for photo of modern Jewish Yemenite Bride . . .

 

Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
Forward any WSS you feel has merit. (without changes, please)  September 2015
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The Worst Sin

Weekly Sabbath Survey
 The Worst Sin —  2-25–2017
Have you ever thought about what the worst sin might be? Jesus said it was blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Could it be we blaspheme when we provoke God in times of struggle and stress, instead of trusting Him? We grieve Him by being angry, turning our backs on Him rather than running to Him. It can happen and it did. Psalm 78 is an ancient ‘country song’ about stupid people disobeying and disrespecting YHVH in the WORST way: they limited Him from helping them. People still do this ALL THE TIME. Even some who call themselves Believers. Their behavior betrays them and reveals what is in their hearts.
Taking from Ps. 78: They were stubborn and rebellious. Their hearts were not right with YHVH. They were not steadfast. (Verse 8). The archers of the tribe of Ephraim deserted in the day of battle. They broke covenant with God. They did not walk in His laws and forgot His works and wonders that He had shown them. (Verse 9-11) It goes on from there! Then they remembered God, but they didn’t repent at all! They turned their back, tempted Almighty God again, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Verse 4) That’s about as bad as it gets. They even worshipped pagan gods. (Verse 58) This is a portrayal of many of today’s Christians.
Manassah and Ephraim were Joseph’s sons born to his Egyptian wife. When it was time to give the family blessing, their grandfather Jacob (Israel) insisted on giving the First Born blessing to the younger boy—not unheard of, but not usual. The Lord had something special for this boy. The rabbis have taught for many years that Ephraim represents the Gentles who feared the Lord God through the ages, and in modern times, we Christians.
I met a Christian woman who lived many years in Israel. She told me she had a conversation at a bus stop with an old Jewish man. She asked him if it bothered him that the Christian tourists swarmed all over Israel like they do. He smiled and with a twinkle in his eye said, “No! I don’t mind them at all. Our God told us they would come.”  He quoted Jeremiah 13:6, “There shall be a day when the watchman upon Mt. Ephraim shall cry, Arise and let us go to Zion unto the Lord our God.”  In Hebrew when one says Watchmen, he is speaking of the Christians. Wow! The Jews can see us in their Book, so why can’t we?
So in these times God speaks to the Jews and Gentile Believers who both pledge their allegiance to YHVH. But we still back off, complain, and limit God. The Christians are armed and have weapons of war, because they have Yeshua the Messiah and the full power of Holy Spirit in them. Jewish people have knowledge we Gentiles NEED. We should work together without criticism. In these End Times we are seeing more of this than ever happened before. Jews and Christians doing good works by cooperating with each other. The Messianic Age is arrived!!! Jewish people are beginning to accept Yeshua who is in fact, THEIR King. And Some Believe are realizing we are missing the boat on things of God that we should be doing. And we should study with them and learn what they know of the requirements and benefits of YHVH. Jews and Us must see we are on the same team and should work together and learn from one another!
You can read in Ps. 78 beginning with verse 60. It ends with God choosing David as King. He saved the day, and bought righteousness back to Israel.  David is a “type” of Jesus. When Jesus/Yeshua comes again, He will make everything right!  But for now, we should stop limiting God in today’s world!
I pray you will read Psalm 78 for yourself.  And as you do, don’t just think it’s about  them (the Jews) because it is very much about Christians, as well.  The Bible (ALL of it ) is one size fits all. 

 

Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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The Cross

Weekly Sabbath Survey
The Cross —  2-4-2016
Just exactly what IS The Cross? For some it’s a piece of jewelry or an item of household decor, that speaks to the “Christian” faith. In the beginning, years before the birth of Jesus, it was already the Roman equivalent of our electric chair (Ol’ Sparky). It was an instrument of death, for execution of criminals and/or politically incorrect persons. It was not used as a Christian symbol (in churches) until it was no longer an instrument of torture/death. So, how has it come to us worn on chains around our necks? Tattooed on our arms? The cross is a symbol of Believers in every tribe and tongue, recognized the world over. But what SHOULD it mean to us?  Just what is the real meaning of the cross in the life of a Born Again Spirit-led Believer?
First we must dispel the idea that the cross is the end of something. The end of suffering, the end of searching, the end of sickness, the end of pain, the end of sin, the end of crying, grief and mourning. Sometimes when we are trying to lead a person to the Lord, we make it sound like that. “Your troubles will be over when you come to Jesus.” I hope I won’t shock my readers by saying, NONE of these things END when we get saved. The rain still falls on just and unjust. Another important truth is this: Salvation is free, the gift of God through His son. Free, but not cheap. It is the most valuable gift anybody ever gave you! Guard it with your life!
The cross is The Beginning:  Of a new life, a blessed life, a life with holy peace, a life with hope, a life that will grow and change. Will our loved ones still die; will we grieve when they do? Yes. Will we suffer financially at times? Possibly. Will we have illnesses? Probably. Will we still sin? Definitely—surely In thought, word and/or deed!  (Please, Stay with me here!)
Once we come to the cross and are saved, the next step is to Get On It. Whoa!!!  What??? Jesus preached the most horrible sermon message there ever was: “Come Die with Me.” It means you were a slave and have been bought. A high price was paid for you. It was the blood and the life of Jesus! So you no longer belong to yourself, you belong to Him, The Master. And, you must now follow His example. Go to the cross often and die a little there every time you do. [Gal. 2:20]  As soon as we are Born Again, we have our new life, but the old one is still hanging around. It dies slowly. On the Cross. The cross was His destiny. Now it is ours. We must die daily from now on, and yet go on to be a living sacrifice for Him. This fulfills the destiny The Father has for us. [1 Cor. 15:31] This is what Paul called “being made conformable unto His death.” [Phil 3:10] The more we get rid of our old self, the more room there is for our new self to grow.
Paul also taught that we must be conformed [molded, shaped] into the image of Jesus. [Rom. 8:29]. This would not make us a photo or statue of Him, but an exact duplication!  (The word “Christian” means “Little Christ” or more correctly “Little Messiah/Savior.) Paul also said we should not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. So there are times at the foot of the cross when we worship or cry for help, but the real Christian Power Life comes from hanging on it while our enemies do their worst. This would be the definition of “Living Sacrifice.” Even those nauseating rides on the Potter’s Wheel, belly of the whale, whatever— all part of God’s transformation. This process of dying to self, living the life of The Cross, is ongoing for the rest of our time on Earth. Each trip we make to hang on the cross we come away stronger than before. And, we go forth filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead!
One last parting thought:  I have learned almost as much from my detractors as I have from my teachers. It was the enemies of Jesus who put Him on the cross, but some of His ‘friends’ were yelling, “Crucify Him!!” These people were unwitting tools of God to accomplish His PLAN. Love your enemies and pray for those that despitefully use you and persecute you.  [Matt. 5:44 ]
The mystery which was hidden for many generations is now made known:  which is, Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.  Colossians 1:26-27
 
Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah                                                     
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Hebrew Perspective Part # One

Weekly Sabbath Survey
Hebrew Perspective – Part One  —  1-7-2017
From time to time, readers question the whole Jewish thing I do. I’ve been asked if I’m Jewish or wanting to become a Jew. I’m not Jewish by birth, but by being a grafted in Believer in the Jewish Messiah. I believe we don’t have to necessarily change our Earthly affiliations. God will show us. I honestly no longer identify with a building or have any interest in belonging to a “church” or synagogue. I “belong” to Jesus and to His people wherever they are. I believe a church is where two or three are gathered in His name. I’m most interested in attaining “the mind of Christ” which happens to be a Jewish mind. I can’t change my Gentile DNA, but I believe I can become a spiritual Hebrew. I can be Messianic rather than what most “Christians” are today. It is true, of all the changes we make in life, changing our MIND is one of the most difficult. But right here at the beginning of a new year seems the perfect time for me to throw out a challenge concerning that whole mind changing thing. Especially in the case of considering a more Hebrew-type of faith and practice.
Here’s what we are up against: It is a matter of where our ‘faith’ came from. It has its roots in the first followers of Jesus. But it morphed with the years, changed, and in time came to be called “Christianity”.  I think of Christianity as an olive tree. It has roots and top branches that should produce good olives. But we continually DENY and IGNORE our roots in an ancient Hebrew culture and faith. So our roots now draw from another source besides Jewish. We’ve got a MIX. And many of us don’t seem to see that as a problem. The fruit we make is something less than the Jewish olives of the First Century “Believers in The Way.” Our olives are still wild because we are not fully grafted into the cultivated Jewish olive tree. Our olives (our spiritual accomplishments) are small. The material success of some churches and mega ministries is dubious at best.) The Age we are in now demands better!

If the roots aren’t right, the fruit isn’t either. We have an unstable foundation and keep building on it anyway. We get our building up, but is isn’t right. Even if we just forget about the whole Jewish thing, how can any of us say Christianity or more correctly “Churchianity” is NOT One Big Mess? The foundation is made up of our fundamental beliefs. If we believe Christianity is the religion Jesus started, or His human form was something other than a totally observant Torah-keeping Jew, or any number of other false beliefs, we are off into the woods as lost as Hansel and Gretel.

I often refer to “The Gentile Mind Set” or “The Greco-Roman Belief System.” I was reading a book recently and the author called it “The Western Cultural Perspective.” It means the faith we claim as our own began as part of an ancient Asian culture. It came from a God who said He is the same yesterday, today and forever. But rather than go over to that faith in our thinking and practice, we high-jacked it from the first Believers, and drug it over to our side of the planet. It went from the Middle East to Western Europe, courtesy of Constantine and the Roman Empire. There, the faith of Jesus was mingled with Celtic, Stonehenge and other pagan beliefs. We read the Sacred Text, think of it and understand it like Westerners. Over a lot of time, we have crafted it into something in our minds that bears only some resemblance to what and who Jesus and His friends were. (I know this is an awful truth for some of us to hear!)
The Scriptures, both Old and New, should be interpreted according to ancient Hebrew understanding. (This is the way Jesus and His first followers understood it and lived it.) The Holy Book is not Greek. The Greek methods of study are simply inadequate. Some scholars in various disciplines have come to believe Hebrew may be the original language of Earth. It is very much a spiritual language. But the battle is uphill to make sense of a spiritual document by reading it like it is Greek philosophy or a Roman legal agreement. We have modern translations that in some places skew the text even worse than the older versions did.
Jewish scholars can study their Torah at four levels understanding. Greeks (that’s us) study their Bibles at one, maybe two levels. With the Jews, ALL are expected to study the Scriptures. A person may stop at whatever level they wish and go no further. With us, it’s two levels: clergy and laity. Some Bible scholars among us get up to other levels. Seminarians are taught that lay people only get confused if they study too much. So there’s no shame in using your Bible once a week to look up the sermon verse. The failure to make room for the various levels makes for SO MUCH arguing among us. Both persons may be right, just at different levels of understanding. But our system doesn’t allow for that. We all have to believe alike (which is usually whatever the preacher is saying), or one of us has to leave and, of course, start another church!
Part Two next week

 

Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah                                                     
Copyright  August 2016
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Snag

Weekly Sabbath Survey
The Hate Snag —  12-31-2017
Snag.  a rough, sharp or jagged part of something on which clothing or skin may be caught, possibly causing damage; a concealed or unexpected difficulty or obstacle which impedes forward progress.
Snare. a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or small mammals; a trap; something by which one is impeded, captured, or involved in difficulties; something deceptively attractive.
Most of us outdoorsy types have been working in the yard or around the barn and gotten our sweater or shirt hung on a fence wire or stray a nail. Or, we caught ourselves between two strands of barbwire as we crawled through the three-wire strand fence. If you are moving pretty fast, a tear results and the offending barb or snag may cause a painful scratch. It may be a case in which you cannot easily free yourself after being snagged. You may untangle yourself or get help and keep going, but damage has been done.
All Believers should be aware of the perils of wandering away from the path of righteousness and getting into spiritual trouble. Today’s subject is about being snagged by hate. Snagged is a forerunner of being fully snared, and maybe captured by an attractive deception. For Born Again people, it is difficult, if not impossible at times, for us to recognize that we are snagged by hate and/or unforgiveness or some other negative thing. We are busy feeling offended or having hurt feelings, and so deceived we don’t see our emotions have descended into that unforgiving Hate Place. It takes a good friend telling us, or the Lord’s mercy through Holy Spirit, for us to understand just how far we are off the mark.
If we persist in weeks, months, or even years of “snagged and proud of it” we will go on down into snared. The difference is the definition above with the word ‘noose’.  Who can deny this is a bad spot to be in?  Bitterness isn’t far away now, and neither is the danger of losing out on what God has for us. I heard a preacher say, “Hating another person is like taking poison yourself and hoping the other person dies.”  It is spiritual poison for us to have these very caustic feelings toward even our worst enemies.
Most of us who have been in church for any length of time, or even in our own family, have had the opportunity to observe persons overshadowed by bitterness. It shows on their face, and comes out of their mouth in what they say. When I was younger, I wondered what was wrong with some people. Why did they appear to be slightly angry, frowning ALL the time. Even their laughter sounded hollow. No real joy in it. The Lord opened my eyes to spiritual things that cannot be observed any other way. Hurts and disappointments, things done to us by other people and the buried unforgiveness that snags us so easily. No one is immune to this. And it can happen over and over, even though we have been through it before. In my own case, my latest time of testing was a few years ago over a deep and hateful dislike for a political figure. When I saw him on TV, something angry rose up inside me. And when I spoke of this person in conversation, in time it sounded venomous even to me! It took a slap upside the head from the Good Lord to make me SEE. I was freed and am no longer snagged nor snared by it. (Still don’t like the guy, but no HATE.)
Am I talking heaven or hell? I should never judge that part. We can’t even know our own heart without a ‘God Reveal.’ But my thought is, why risk it? The weird and sick “enjoyment” of keeping hate around like a dangerous pet snake is NOT worth the risk it poses for missing eternal life!! Remember the ‘deceptively attractive’ part of this process?  It somehow seems good to us to keep hating. We must wake up! Repent. Put all bitter angry hateful feelings away from us like poisoned food an enemy has offered us.
In this I can testify: I have been snagged. I have been snared. I have even felt the noose! (loosely)  But I have been set free. Jesus came to set the captives free!!  And He does it for us over and over again.
Our soul escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:7-8

 

Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah                                                     
Copyright  July 2016
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Judgment Coming

Weekly Sabbath Survey
Judgment Coming — 12-17-2016
Now that Trump is elected I have noticed a euphoria among the conservative middle class similar to what poorer people felt when Obama was elected. One guy called it “Trumphoria.”  And here we go again, left, right, left, right. The faithful and the foolish (including myself) wanting this latest “messiah” to SAVE our nation.
I do think Trump may help or “fix” some things. But it will be as it is every time—a Bandaid on a cancer. This time I felt compelled by our Lord God to refuse to be fooled or lulled. I’m reading my Bible and other revelatory literature on Christian history and our government. I SEE a slow train coming ’round the bend. God doesn’t get in a rush. He has been blowing the whistle and ringing the bell for years. But we stick our fingers in our ears and pray “If my people . . .”  We’ve had years of extreme grace preaching and falsified national prosperity supplied by ‘The Fed.’  No wonder we think we’re OK!
Am I an alarmist?  Yes!  I believe what I see calls for alarm. I am a watchman. Night Watchmen look for and SEE danger. They sound the alarm to warn the sleeping people. How close is the train?  Ten years away?  A hundred years?  I don’t know. But my spirit feels it near. I know, I know—people have said this for years. But one day, it is going to be right on. By then it may be too late to do much. The Babylonians are coming for the just and unjust. See message below by Gary Wilkerson, son of David Wilkerson.
    Judgment – I am not accustomed to writing messages on this subject, and you may be surprised by this one. I prepared it with great reservations; in fact, it took me far beyond my comfort zone, even though I am dedicated to preaching the whole counsel of God. Right now I am compelled to speak because of something I see happening in our culture. I have grown convinced that America now stands on the brink of one of the most extreme judgments it has ever faced. And in this bleak hour God has something to say to His Church.
When I grew up, it wasn’t unusual to hear this kind of difficult message in the denomination my family was part of. Occasionally I heard my father preach on the subject of judgment. What I’m talking about is a prophetic message (although my dad was adamant about not being called a prophet). He said he was a
“watchman.”  These days I better appreciate the messages my dad preached and the anguish they caused him. I know he spent hours wrestling with God over the difficult sermons he delivered. As a pastor, I appreciate A. W. Tozer´s lesson that God loves to speak to the man or woman who loves to listen. Yet I fear the church has lost that practice. God wants to speak to us, but our ear is inclined less and less to His voice and more to the world´s. The Bible calls this condition a famine of the Word of God (see Amos 8:11) – a lack of knowledge of God and His ways. In times of chaos He will use the famine to get our attention and He has my full attention right now! And if He is speaking hard messages to grace-oriented pastors such as I am, it tells me He is up to something.  
If this message above moves your heart with surprise, sorrow or fear, here are 5 things from the Bible to prepare for what is coming. 1) Be humble and repentant! Ask God to change you. 2) Be watchful. There is a crown promised for those who look for the Lord’s appearing. 3) Be faithful. Do not eat and drink with the drunkards. 4) Be prepared like the wise virgins. 5) Be fruitful. A spiritual life produces spiritual fruit. (If you are interested in an elaboration of what these 5 things might entail, let me know.)
There shall come a day that the watchmen upon Mount Ephraim shall cry, “Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.”  Jeremiah 31: 6 
Jewish rabbis teach that a reference to Ephraim like this symbolizes God-fearing Gentiles. This verse in Jeremiah confirms to them that Christian tourism in Israel was ordained by God a very long time ago. They see us as watchmen. Would to God we Christians could believe our Bible like they do!

 

Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah                                                     
Copyright  November 2016
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God’s Will

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God’s Will  —  12-10-2016

 

At various times in our Christian lives, the Lord God brings us to a “change point.” It can be a self induced crisis or a God-sent happy change. If we are listening for Him, very good things can come from either situation. The biggest change comes when we are Born Again or have some other serious encounter with the Lord God. At these junctures, we have an up-tick in our thinking, a major shift in direction. We can  be perplexed with just WHAT we are supposed to DO. But we are not human doers but human beings. We should relax and just “be.” Then, we ask, “What is God’s will for my life now?”  I heard a sermon years ago, that explained this so perfectly I have never forgotten it. The exact words escape me, but his Three Main Points are sealed in memory. Here is the foundation for God’s will for every time of your life:
1.    Make a Living.  Fundamental, I know, but it’s surprising how many people don’t do this. They actually work very hard to keep from working a job. Let me say here, wives who stay home to raise a family and/or keep house for a husband are making a living in a different way. And there is no such thing as a ‘house husband.’ If a man is able bodied, he should bring in at least part of the living. When I was single and self-supporting, I learned what it meant to make a living. For the first time in my life there was no one else responsible for my needs. Every bite of good, article of clothing, utility— paid for by ME.  Making a Living.
2.    Make a Life.  There are people who work, come home and do chores, fix a microwave meal and sit down in front of the TV. Five days a week. On weekends they sleep, eat, sleep more. In church the day of this sermon, I realized I was doing No. 1 and 3, but not this one. I did not have a LIFE. On Friday night I ordered pizza for my special treat supper, and mostly did not open my front door again until Monday morning. Days at a time my phone didn’t ring. I had recently began attending this church. Week after week a few people would smile a hello, shake my hand and move on. I watched them loving each other, hugging each other, and felt even more isolated and alone. So, right after this sermon by a visiting preacher, the music leader announced they were forming a choir and needed people to try out. I became a part of the choir, singing tenor with the guys! I got to know people. I joined a home group. Making a Life.
3.    Make a Difference.  Many of us think all ministry takes place in church. If they can’t preach, sing, teach Sunday School or be a greeter, they DO nothing. Because of the way the Lord brought me along, my ministry has been to preach, teach and write. But when I was single in San Antonio, the office became my ministry field. I would start by name dropping in the break room, “I thank the Lord for this job and for you girls for helping me get settled in.” Over time other Christians shared their faith with me, and even ones not saved would ask me to pray for their needs. I became the “chaplain” every where I worked. More than once, someone came and told me of their back-slidden condition. They were saved, but living like The World!  At one firm, an attorney asked my advice and for me to pray for whatever he had going on. Twice God gave me a prophetic word for him. Making a Difference.
Anyone who has come to saving grace in Jesus can tell what happened to them. Your story is your witness. Your message is simple: “Jesus loves me. This I know.” If you step out in this simplicity, our Lord God will give you strength and you may grow into ministries you never dreamed of. Be faithful with what you have right now. For tips on what the possibilities are, read Mark 16:15-20. It would be helpful to ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit Power. The verse below literally happened to me. From my hometown the Lord took me to places in Texas and several other states and a foreign country. I did “exploits” just like the Bible says we will do! It has been amazing.
You will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come over you, and you will be my witness in Del Rio, all over Texas, around the U.S., and into the farthest parts of the Earth.  Acts 1:8
 
Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah                                                     
Copyright  July 2016