What is Your Witness? by Darlene Bohm

    What will people remember about me? Will it be my friendliness, smile, willingness to help others? Or my complaining, selfishness, stubbornness? Will they see that I reacted just like everyone else? Or will they see something different about me? Will there be conviction of sin? Will there be joy, contentment, peace, love suffering, gentleness, meekness? Will they say, “I never knew she was a Christian? Yes, she went to church often, but her light didn’t shine as a witness.”

   Matthew 5:14-16 says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


   Is there an emptiness or void in your life? Is there something missing, but you don’t know what? There was something missing in my life. I found the answer ~ Jesus. He has filled that void and showed me the missing piece in my life. This is the most important message I could share with anyone. I looked for things of this world to satisfy, but they didn’t. I used to go out drinking, smoking and all that goes along with it and thought I was the life of the party. I was engaged to a man for ten years, which was a big part of my life, but I broke it off since we had some problems that we couldn’t solve. I certainly didn’t want him to marry someone else. Time went on and guess what? He married someone else. My world was crumbling around me.
 
    I had worked at Del Monte and met Larry Moodie, a truck driver who hauled beans. We talked a lot, and he invited me to church. I didn’t see him after that bean season, but years later, he stopped at my house with his wife. They invited me to church. I went “out” that Saturday night, but decided to go to church Sunday just to satisfy my curiosity. Since that Sunday morning, my life has never been the same. Why? That Sunday morning, I gave my life to the Lord. I said, “Lord, I can’t handle this any more. I know I am a sinner.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    I knew Jesus died on the cross, but salvation is like a gift that someone gives you. It’s no good unless you accept it or receive it.

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9-13”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

   That is a promise from God’s World. My life changed. The emptiness and void in my life were filled when I bowed my head and heart to the Lord. I thank God that He never game up on me. You see, it’s not a matter of cleaning up our lives, and when we are good enough, Jesus accepts us. It’s a matter of coming just as we are, a worthless sinner, to the fee of Jesus begging for mercy and forgiveness. After asking Jesus into our heart, we can then claim His righteousness through His blood with what He did on the cross for us. We receive His gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

   I know when I die, I’ll go to heaven because the Bible says so. I know I was a sinner. I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to come into my heart and life. You see, the heart has to be changed. It’s not what religion you are, how much you go or give to church, or the good deeds you do. It is a personal relationship with the Lord. When I got saved, the Bible became real. I can understand it now. I can say, it’s life someone turned the light on and now I can see.

   If you are saved, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a way of life.

   There are many souls I’ve been praying for ~ that they get saved and find what I have found in the Lord. Some day we are all going to die and we, (not our pastor, priest, loved ones or friends) will have to give account for our lives. We will stand alone.

   What will your testimony be? The Bible has changed by life. This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, what kind of house or car you have, or if you are a success in man’s eyes. But it does matter where you spend eternity. Heaven or hell. The choice is yours.

   Jesus in my heart and life does make a difference. Now I read the Bible because I want to. Why? Because I know the author. The Lord has given us the Bible as a guide to live by. He wants us to read and study it so we are armed and equipped to face any trial or need in our lives.
 
    Has there been a time in your life when you accepted the Lord? If so, share it with others. Time is so short.

James 4:14 “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus and don’t worry about what other people say or think. I pray God has touched your heart through my testimony. God has touched my heart and life and has changed it forever. I have a new song in my heart. I ask God daily to give me the right attitude, joy and peace which only He can give, even during trials.

Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

    I end my testimony with this verse: Psalm 40:3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”


 

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