I would venture to say that at least seventy-five to eighty percent of Christians today have never witnessed about having Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Why? The answer to that can be complicated, but I doubt it, or could it be that they are afraid? What are they afraid of? What the person might say, that they would not know what to say, or the thought that probably passes through their minds, somebody else will do it.
People have this conception that only pastors or evangelists are the ones who can do that and not them. Wrong! God called us all to witness to others and tell them the love of Jesus, not just ministers. People say, I am afraid of what they may say or do, so what. Isn’t the love of Jesus far more important than what someone will say? Put yourself in their shoes. They may look great on the outside, but inside they are dying. Without Jesus, they are not only dying but they are lost. In 2 Timothy 1:7 says this, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. Do you see what God did give us, a spirit of power and love and self-control? Those are the things we need to overcome fear.
Someone once said to me that it is easier for you to speak to someone because you are and evangelist and that is your job. Job? I don’t think so! God told us all to go and make disciples of all nations, it is part of the Great Commission where he sends us out. It at the time was said to the disciples, but it is meant for everyone or God would not have put it in the Bible. Wouldn’t it be horrifying if the day of judgement came, and the person standing in front of you in the line, a person you have known for years, stepped toward God and was asked by him, why did you not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? To which you hear them explain, I didn’t know about Jesus because my friend never told me. Your friend is lost with no second chance, but you will be judged for what you didn’t say.
Witnessing is a very simple thing to do, if you truly love the Lord because you want everyone to have what you have, or at least you should. God speaks to us and you may hear him say, go tell that person over there that I love them. What do you do? If you are uncertain, go tell the person that God loves them. Don’t go over with an excuse like, this is going to sound strange or weird but God told me to tell you… Go over and do exactly what God said, no excuses, just fact, God loves you. As for me, I always keep the scripture in my mind that says, "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32), that way there is no doubt and I don’t want to take any chances.
Really, when it comes down to it, witnessing is very easy when you listen to what God is saying, and at the same time hard because your heart starts beating faster than normal, and you start sweating profusely, but when all is said and done, once you say it, there is this anointing that comes across you that fills your heart and touches your spirit. I have been fortunate enough as an evangelist to lead hundreds of people to the Lord, in restaurants, on the golf course, or where ever it is that God tells me, and I still get those butterflies and sweating every time. It is not that I am afraid, it is because it is something that God has put in all of us to let us know it is alright.
So, the next time you hear a voice tell you, go tell that person that I love them, take a deep breath and step out. Walk right up to them, and tell them, Jesus loves you. Just three words, but three words that will change their life and yours in the process. Remember, Jesus Loves You!
Just exactly what does that mean and why am I making that statement? It is very simple, God has called us to do a specific ministry in a specific place, and Satan is trying to discourage us in our efforts to raise the money to complete the tasks at hand. We do posts on social media to reach out to our friends and family as well as though we don’t really know but have accepted their friendship, only to have our efforts discounted and ignored. Over the past few months we have posted our requests and to date there has been zero responses. My response to that is Get Thee Behind Me Satan! If people are going to ignore our posts that is fine, but we are not going to allow the enemy to reach out to our friends and family to detour them from what God may be saying to them. We know what God has called us to do and there is no way the enemy is going to change that by trying to influence those we have contact with.
So, if you get posts from us asking for contributions and it is something that you are just not interested in, let us know. The silence is the enemy and we would much rather know that you don’t care than to have you just ignore our requests. We pray for each person the request goes out to for God’s guidance and his touch on your life. Yes, we are seeking your help but no it is not the only reason we try to connect. Your prayers mean as much to us as do the contributions and maybe even more. God said he would supply all our needs and the only thing he asked in return is that we do our part. He gave us our part by having us reach out by our posts on social media, our letters etc. to let people know what we are doing and how they can help. In other words, we are just being obedient to what he is telling us.
When trying to raise money for really anything, it has to be, the hardest thing to do. Personally, I don’t like to do it, but God said so I do. When we post, what is on our heart, we always ask you to pray first and foremost about what God wants you to do and then ask you to follow what he says. When nothing comes back to us we think maybe we are insulting people or annoying them in some way. If that is the case, then please forgive us. But, that is why I say, “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”!!!
In prayer, today, I realized that the enemy is not attacking us, but rather attacking those we are reaching out to by blinding their eyes not to see what we have said or listen to our requests. Get Thee Behind Me Satan, is my response to that. I ask you to pray and respond, not to our request for contributions because if that is meant to be then it will be, but, pray that the enemy will not detour you from the promptings of God. Respond to what we have to say by telling us what you think and what God is telling you. Our goal is not to obtain your finances, our goal is to acquire your prayers for God’s protection on our lives as we travel through some of the most dangerous parts of the world bringing the gospel. Yes, your contributions help us our immensely with the ability to do what we must do, but, your prayers are what gets us through.
We have just one simple request of each of you. Let us know what you think! That is, it. We just like to hear from you so we feel like we are not speaking to a wall and that our posts just fall to the ground. If the truth be known, we need your prayers to keep encouraging us.
“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
God, bless you
Steve & Lorraine Ream
Good Sunday morning. As I sat praying this morning I began to have a conversation with God. As you all know, Lorraine and I are trying to raise funds for our upcoming mission trip to the Philippines. As I was praying, I heard God tell me to do yet another post asking for contributions to help. I said God you know and I know it is a waste of time because they fall on deaf ears and there are absolutely no responses to them. He said to me, are you the deaf ears as well? He said, I am speaking and there are those who will help, just as I am speaking to you telling you to write a post. You have no room to complain about deaf ears if you will not be obedient to what I am telling you. I instantly repented and here is my request.
We are seeking those who will cheerfully give to help us with our mission trip in July of 2017. We have a mandate of what we are going to do and every penny of what is given will go to that mandate. There are literally hundreds of people who live in the slums of Cebu and on the small islands who are going hungry because no one will help them. That is where we come in. In January of 2016 a Storehouse was started in Cebu City, Philippines that was designed to help these people. Our goal on this trip is to purchase as much canned goods and rice to fill that Storehouse and then maintain it every month to help feed these people.
We know that we are Evangelists sent to bring the Word of God, but what we are doing is more evangelism by showing the Love of God in action and not in mere words. Showing people how much Jesus loves them by helping where we can. God loves these people just as much as he loves you, can you help today?
If you hear God speaking to you, don't be like me and for a very short time have deaf ears. Don't take it to the place you have to repent because you ignored the voice of God. If you want to help us, you can go to our website at www.reamministries.com. You can give via credit/debit card at our secure PayPal site by clicking on the donate button, or you can mail us a check at our mailing address. However you choose, thank you!
Finding that being obedient for me to what God was telling me has strengthened me and gave me a sense of accomplishment. Hear God's voice, listen, hear God telling you to do something, do it. There is a blessing coming your way when you respond to what he is telling you. Don't let it pass you by.
God bless you
Steve & Lorraine Ream
I have a burning question for everyone, whether you are a Christian or not Do you want to hear God speak? I don’t believe that there is a person anywhere who would not answer yes if they were dead honest about it. Of course, we want to hear God speak to tell us what we need to do and how we need to do it. We want to know that we are alright or if we are going down the wrong path. Many people know that they are headed for destruction yet they continue in their ways either not caring or not knowing how to change it.
Do you want to hear God speak? Do you want to change your ways and know that you know you are saved and doing things the way God wants them done? I have an answer! It may not be the answer you are looking for, but it is the answer that I heard a long time ago that I have never forgotten. The answer is this, “Shut up, stop talking and listen”. That seems short enough and to the point. How can we hear God speaking to us if we are always the one doing the talking?
That was presented to me in exactly that way and when I stopped talking it was amazing what I heard. God is not going to force himself upon you in any way. He will continue speaking to you whether you are listening or not. It is only when we stop talking that we can hear his voice. We spend our prayer time saying, God speak to me. God I want to hear your voice. God I need to know if I am doing things right. We just keep on keeping on and never stop long enough to get our answer. I know what I am saying because that was me.
When I finally kept, my mouth shut and just waited upon God, I heard things that made me the person I am today. I heard that God wanted me to be in the ministry. I heard that God wanted me to lay hands on the sick. I heard that God wanted me to prophesy. I heard hundreds of things and they all pertained to how I can follow God and know that I know I would be in heaven with him one day. It was like he gave me a road map for my life if I would listen to him and then follow the directions. I know, I am a man and we never follow directions, but this is totally different. The directions given by God were going to be ones that would lead to eternal life and not to destruction.
My heart hurts when I see those who have chosen for whatever reason to go their own way saying that they don’t need God or that he doesn’t even exist. I know those who have chosen to walk away from him because they think they can do it on their own. My heart aches because I know that one day Christ is going to return and for those who rejected him, it will be too late.
You want to hear from God, then LISTEN! I am certain that you too will hear the same things because God is all about Love and he loves us like nothing else. Listen and you will know that he is God and that you are not losing your mind. Listen and you will hear what it is he wants you to do. Others can only guess, God will tell you straight away and you will know.
You want to hear God speak? LISTEN.
Praying this morning and contemplating the things that God has called us to do. My mind wondered back to when I was first getting into ministry and the things that God showed me. First, God told me what he was going to have me do. He said, “Lay hands on the sick and prophesy”. He then told me to reach out to the lost and tell them the Good News about Jesus and how he came to save them.
One thing that came to my mind about Salvation was what God had showed me in a dream back in 1994. Remember, God told me that I was to share the Good News and this dream was to show me just how important having a relationship with Jesus really is. I am going to share my dream and tell you that whenever I minister, I tell people about it so they will know.
I saw myself ministering at a church and as I did my eyes kept being drawn to a little old lady sitting off to my left. I tried to not look in her direction, but usually within seconds my eyes would wander back to her. I felt that there was some significance in this woman, so I asked God, why he kept putting her in front of me? He told me that the woman had been in church since she was a small child. She had been a faithful servant to the church and whenever the doors were open she was there. He then told me that though the woman had been in church her entire life, when she died, she would go to hell if things didn’t change. This shocked me and so I asked the Lord Why? He explained to me it was because she had never given her life to Jesus. She had never asked him for forgiveness and invited him into her life. God told me that unless you have a one on one relationship with Jesus then you have nothing. He said you must accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. So, then my focus was on that woman, and it was the catalyst that has driven me all these years to preach salvation.
John 14:6 says this, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. To put it simply, if you don’t have that one on one relationship with Jesus Christ and you think that just because you have been in church but have never asked him in, then you are not going to grace the gates of heaven. Jesus made it perfectly clear, and if we thing there is a way around that then we are sadly mistaken.
If you are not sure, but want to make it a fact, then all you have to do is say, Jesus forgive me, come into my life. I make you my Lord and Savior. I believe that you came and died on a cross that I might be saved and then you were buried and was risen from the grave. Help me Lord and be my Savior. Amen!
Simple and to the point. My goal is to never see that woman again and to tell everyone about the love of Christ and how they need him in their life. My goal has been to make you think. Think about the fact of making sure you receive Jesus into your life. Think about that woman and how doing good works will get you nothing. That receiving Jesus will give you eternal life. If anything, THINK!.
An Evangelist called to preach the gospel all over the world. To lay hands on the sick and to prophecy to everyone. Reaching out to the world that all may be saved.