But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15

I woke up this morning thinking about tinder—the little pieces of dry paper, cloth, straw and such that people used to carry with them in a tinderbox so that they would always be able to start a fire. I wonder how many believers carry spiritual tinder and could confidently light a fire in a non-believer’s heart with it.  Do you have a few key verses of love and hope memorized and securely tucked away in your heart?  How about a few stories of times when God made a way for you when there was no way? Nothing is more powerful than a personal testimony that relates how God is always near and as deeply interested in our individual lives as a loving father is in his beloved child. I love to recount some of the amazing stories from the old and new testaments when God showed up and did what man could not do for himself. Can you tell those stories and your own? By the way, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear so let’s not use the devil’s method to present the best news of all time!  Why scare people with stories of hell when the truth of God’s amazing love and grace will be more than enough to get the flame started?

Ask yourself—why do I believe that God is real and that His love for me endures forever? If you have no answer, maybe you are not yet fully persuaded yourself and you need to start there.  Tell God that you want to know Him personally and see Him moving in your life. Let Him take control of your circumstances and handle them His way. I can almost guarantee it won’t be what you’re expecting—Gideon certainly didn’t think God would tell him to come up against a mighty enemy army with 300 men carrying lit candles in clay jars and trumpets!  And yet, through this strategy the battle was won! Abraham and Sarah didn’t expect to have a baby after years of barrenness and old age…You get the idea.  So seek God in your life first and foremost and when He wins your confidence, practice telling your stories and sharing His promises.  Let’s light up the world with His love and grace!

 

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” John Wesley

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