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Just have to post this. It is too important not to.

post #1 of 12
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Forgive me if I offend anyone here, but i have to post this e-mail I received....because it really hit my heart, and I will not forgive myself if I don't let you all read it.

One day a woman named Louise fell asleep in her bed, and dreamed a
very fitful dream. She dreamed that someone in Hell wrote a letter to
her, and it was to be delivered to her by a messenger. The messenger
passed between the lakes of burning fire and brimstone that occupies
Hell, and found his way to the door that would lead him to the
outside world.

Louise dreamed that the messenger walked to her house, came inside,
and gently but firmly woke Louise up. He gave her the message, saying
only that a friend had wrote it to her from Hell. Louise, in her
dream, with trembling hands took the letter and read:
My Friend,
I stand in Judgment now,
And feel that you're to blame somehow.
On earth, I walked with you day by day,
And never did you point the way.

You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
You could have led me safe to Him.

Though we lived together on the earth,
You never told me of the second birth,
And now I stand this day condemned,
Because you failed to mention Him.

You taught me many things, that's true,
I called you "friend" and trusted you,
But I learn now that it's too late,
You could have kept me from this fate.

We walked by day and talked by night,
And yet you showed me not the Light.
You let me live, and love, and die,
You knew I'd never live on high.

Yes, I called you a "friend" in life,
And trusted you through joy and strife.
And yet on coming to the end,
I cannot, now, call you "My Friend."

After reading the letter, Louise awoke. The dream was still so real
in her mind and sweat dropped from her body in pools. She swore she
could still smell the acrid smell of brimstone and smoke from her
room. As she contemplated the meaning of her dream, she realized that
as a Christian, she has failed in her duty to "go out to all the
world and preach the gospel." As she thought of that, she promised
herself that the next day, she would call Marsha and invite her to
church with her.

The next morning she called Marsha and this was the conversation:
Yes, Bill, Is Marsha there?
Louise, you don't know?
No, Bill, know what?
Marsha WAS KILLED LAST NIGHT IN A CAR ACCIDENT. I thought you had known.

Is this your testimony? Are you witnessing to your friends that you
are with everyday?
Or will there be a friend of yours in hell, asking you why you did
not tell them about JESUS?

As your friend. If you don't know Jesus, here's how: If you confess
with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus died on the
cross for your sins and God raised Him from the dead, you will be
saved. (Romans 10:9 - 10)

If you have not done so, just pray this prayer:
Dear God,
I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is your
son and that he died on the cross for my sins Jesus, forgive me of my
sins and come into my heart and become my personal Lord and Savior.
In Jesus' name, Amen."

(P.S. If you are a believer - new or old, send this to others and let
them know you are a true friend).
post #2 of 12
Oh, Debby, that really does hit home, doesn't it? To me, telling people about the gospel is one of the hardest things about being a Christian. I am always humbled (and inspired) by my friends who tell of sharing the gospel to their gas station attendant or to the lady sitting next to them on a plane. I know that this is a big part of Christianity, but it's just so hard. I know I need to try harder. Thanks for the reminder. If you don't mind, I'm going to pass this on.
post #3 of 12

That does really hit you especially when she calls and her friend has been killed. It sure tells you that there is no time like the present to share with others. I agree with Dawn that it is the hardest thing to do as a Christian. I also want to say Thank You Debby for sharing
post #4 of 12
To my friend Debby, dawnt91, and anyone else that is facing this problem and finding witnessing to be the "hardest part of a Christian's job" If you try to live as an example.(by this I DO NOT mean you have to preach continually or be better than any one else) Others will ask you what your "secret" is. Opportunities arrise everyday for us to minister, but we do not realize it because these opportunities are other people we meet or touch, (no matter how briefly) who walk away saying, "I wish I could be as happy, funny, confident, healthy, successful, (or whichever; not necessarily all, of these traits that apply to you) as he/she is! Christians are first and foremost vulnerable humans and one simple thing we say or do (without realizing it) may influence, or discourage, strangers and friends alike. If I may make one suggestion to those of you who are looking to improve in the area of witnessing. A small, easy to read book: The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson helped me.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all who commented and read this. I think you are right TLK, we need to live so that our life is an example and an unspoken testimony to others. That is really hard sometimes, too, though.
I guess we just have to pray about it.
post #6 of 12
Yes, TLK, I agree with you, and that's how I try to live my life. However, I also believe that God expects us to share Him with others, especially those that have not been saved. I have such a hard time with this, and I'm so afraid that I'll get to heaven and He'll say, why didn't you tell so and so about me? And all I'll be able to say was "I didn't know what to day. or I was afraid of what they'd think about me." How sad is that? To love God so much and not share him and his gifts with others.

I am in this exact situation with my brother. Growing up, we were both raised as Christians, but kind of fell away once we left home. Thankfully I found my way back to the Lord, buy my brother has not. He's married to a woman I can't stand, who hates any type of butting in to her life. She's not an evil person, just very selfish and immature. Unfortunately, he worships her and has shunned us (my family) and God for her, although she calls herself a Christian. I'm so worried that something will happen to my brother and he won't make it to heaven. But when I want to say something, Satan always steps in and I back off. I'm always concerned about causing riffs in the family, and I know if I start in on them about Christ and being saved, I'll really cause a doozie.

Anyway, sorry for rambling. This is such an important part of my life as a Christian, and I'm pretty sure I'm doing poorly.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Dawn.... I know how you feel....I really do!!! I am always scared to say something to other people, about how even though they may be good people, that doesn't get you into heaven, only by saying the sinners prayer, and meaning it, and accepting him into your heart can you be saved.....because I am afraid they will take it the wrong way and think I am saying they are "bad" people....which I am NOT!!!

And another thing that worries me....... (since we are on the subject, and I need to get you other christians opinions).........

You know how it says we should live our lives as an example? It says that, not in so many words, but it says that, in the bible, and also TLK pointed that out...and it is a very wise thing to do....but here is my problem....
I am a christian.
I have been saved by the blood of Christ, and by his mercy. (none of us DESERVE to get to heaven, it is only by his Mercy)

Problem is...I am weak.
I drink sometimes. I smoke cigarettes...I don't go to church every Sunday....so what kind of an example am I???

I try not to swear, I try to always defend God, and try to tell others about him...I pray....I worship him....but yet....
what kind of an example am I when I am swilling down beer and smoking like a feind?
I feel I am letting him down...but I am human...
post #8 of 12
Cigarettes and alcohol are not all there's to it dear! I'm sure He can see through this to your great heart and kind soul! Me, for one, I've seen them although I never actually met you!
I love you!
post #9 of 12
Hey Deb, just a little note I thought might encourage you....Jesus directly says "a little wine is good for the stomache" and hey, he even turned water into wine! As long as its not alcohol abuse - or in other words - "excessive" theres nothing wrong with a little drink here and there love!

I hope Im not offending anyone here - its not my intention, but I think that repeating the same prayer over again makes it harder to really mean it from the heart, you can say your own prayers to thank God, or ask for forgiveness etc....the model prayer was an example.... but the Bible doesn't say you HAVE to repeat it over and over (of course its your own descision)....but why not try saying it in your own words...?

Just a thought....
post #10 of 12
My Dear Debby; God loves us because we are human. He knows we have faults. He knew that when He created us. If He had wanted more "perfect beings" to do nothing but praise him and do good deeds and abstain totally from all sin; He would have simply created more Angels. He wanted "humans", capable of free choice; who CHOOSE to praise him, strive to do good works, attempt to live by His Son's example, but who also know Him as a Loving Father who welcomes the wayward child back to His arms no matter how often. . . . . . .
Believe me each time I find myself ashamed of an action or comment and seek God's forgiveness; I imagine Him shaking His head in wonder as if to say, "I thought you knew better, daughter, but I forgive you and will instruct you again. . . . . ." (Is there any greater love?)

I promise, I am thru preachng for today. . . . . . . . TLK
post #11 of 12
Debby - I just received this the other day in our women's newsletter for church. It talks about breaking the bad habits in your life. Thought you might like to read it.

Strength for Today - Cheryl Larrabee

Recently, we brought home a new addition to our family. She is 12 weeks old and has hair of light auburn. Her legs are growing longer every day. She is learning to "come," "sit," and "stop." Yes, we have a new puppy. Peanut is funny, silly, and just plain goofy. And with her youthful exuberance, she has stolen all 5 of our hearts away!

However she has some habits that we are working on correcting. She constantly wants to adjust my landscaping. She is a sock stealer, a rug mover, and a toy nabber! She has gotten up on a chair to feast from the M&M bowl and has sat on the couch to watch the guinea pig from a better vantage point. She has run so hard that she couldn't stop in time and "wapped" right into the wall with her head first. (Sorry to say that I'm laughing as much as I'm disciplining!)

Have you developed some habits that may be funny to others but are not pleasing to our Heavenly Father? If you said "yes," trust me when I say that I fall into that category with you. As I'm watching this puppy, I can see that bad habits can sneak up on us and without the discipline in our lives to say no to them, we can allow some pretty bad things in our lives.

- Do you watch soap operas? Their basis is lying, deceit, extra-marital affairs and sex. Is this pleasing to the Father? Do your children watch with you?
- Do you yell at other drivers while driving? Shake fists? Are your children watching you?
- Do you take things that aren't yours? Never return borrowed items?
- Do you lie to others whether they're the telephone marketer, your husband, your children?
- Do you send inappropriate jokes, pictures, or nasty grams via e-mail?

Please don't think I'm trying to step all over your toes. However, we allow these habits to begin settling into our lives without thinking about the ultimate consequences to our minds, our hearts, our families, and first and foremost, our relationship to God.

If you can't break a habit, confess it to God and beg Him to help you. He will either take the desire away (He did this for me about soap operas 12 years ago) or He will give you the power of the Holy Spirit to gird about you as you resist the desire through the day. He can fill the void. He is big enough! He is capable! He is willing!

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete." 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6.

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it." Luke 11:28

"...but you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you..." Acts 1:8

Jesus is our hope! Our bad habits can be overpowered by our devotion to and trust in our Savior. Pray about returning to His measure of holiness.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh Dawn...I loved that!!! Thank you for posting it! it also made me realize I have another bad habit....I didn't even consider it a habit, just a traditional thing for me....I have watched As The World Turns for 20 years. I tape it every day while I am at work. I guess I'm still not sure there is anything wrong with it...although, I do see the person who wrote that's point. They do have alot of lying, deceit and affairs, but I guess so does real life, and watching the soap sometimes makes me see how much worse off I could be!

Thanks Dawn, Billie, Bodlover, and Darlene for your comments and words of inspiration....I just LOVE all of you!
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