The more I try to make sense of my Christian faith the more I come to realize that is less “I am” and more “He is.” Storms in life do that. They make us realize that we are really not in total control and storms will happen whether we like it or not. It’s just a matter of how we will respond.
Sincerity could even be considered a fruit of the Spirit that can only be a result of remaining in Christ. It’s a natural outpouring of our trust in God’s promises.
Building trust with a person is like building a bridge. It takes time and a stable design. One error in design or construction can cause the entire bridge to collapse. God’s Word gives a blueprint, Christ provides us with a perfect example, and the Holy Spirit empowers us with strength that is rooted in perfect love. Christians speak the truth in love by taking time to build trust with a person. By conveying love with the fruits of gentleness, patience, and self-control, we build a bridge that a person feels safe enough to cross and discover more about the real gospel of Jesus Christ.
The power of God’s Word is the source for miracles to happen. One of the greatest miracles is when a soul dead in sin comes alive in faith. They receive the promises God has given in Christ and their life radiates the peace and joy of being a new creation. Though its only through the power of God’s Word that a person comes to faith, God uses messengers to transmit it. This was the case with my friend, Mark, who recently had the opportunity to share the gospel and witnessed an amazing miracle.
When the challenge is massive, the best solution can be a simple one. God likes to take a few to reach the many. He uses the simple to accomplish the miracle. Whether it’s a few loaves of bread and a few fish to feed thousands, marching around Jericho seven times before hollering, or sending home tens of thousands from Gideon’s army for a few hundred faithful men, God works best when the odds are stacked up against him.
Charlotte was raised in the Mormons church and was a devoted follower. She was married in the Manti temple in Utah, but her husband left the church over an incident with an LDS bishop. Wanting to stay loyal to her husband, she also left the church and continued to fervently pray that if the Mormon Church was true, God would lead her back some day. Though she was torn and distressed in leaving her beloved church, she learned that the Lord used this event and other challenging circumstances in her life to lead her to the risen Christ of the Bible.
You are not responsible for converting Mormons. That is the business of the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to testify to and reflect Christ’s love. Many ex-Mormons relate how a Christian’s love and simple gospel witness started having an effect on them years after they first heard it. This illustrates the fact that God often uses a process for bringing people to the faith. The Bible uses the imagery of a growing seed to describe this process. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6)
God eventually led Kathleen into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ only a few years ago. The same Christian man who helped her leave Mormonism is now her husband. She encourages Christians to be patient, loving, and persistent when witnessing to Mormons. A huge hurdle is discovering the contradiction between the Bible and 2 Nephi 25:23 (Book of Mormon) where it says that God’s grace is only sufficient after all you can do.