Yesterday was my first official book signing event. God so graciously brought another author at the same time. He was a young man with a powerful story about God’s transforming power in his life. Both of us had time to talk with people about God’s might and power and what he has done and is doing in our lives. I had some deep theological conversations about fear and how God’s word changes lives. What about you? When was the last time you had a serious conversation- not argument- about God, who He is, what He is doing in your life or why you believe He is who He says He is?
In our society we are taught to believe that when you are with others- you don’t talk religion or politics, right? However, my discussions were soul searching, exhilarating and thought provoking yesterday. I should be ready to talk about the Lord and what He has done for me at anytime. This is not always easy and Satan wants us to be afraid, intimidated, embarrassed, doubting or tongue tied by our thoughts and worries. John reminds us in 1John 4:4 ” You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”(NIV) When we step out- or in this case- speak out, we are living by faith and not fear! Jesus wants us to be bold for His sake and not be ashamed to proclaim Him to the world. Paul so aptly put it in Romans 1:16-17 ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (me). For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'” (NIV)
I want to live by faith and not be captive to my fears. I am learning that this is a day by day walk with the Lord towards fearlessly living in Him!
The young man I met, Eli Contreras, tells his story in his book And then I Heard His Voice. A short article by Allen Payton was recently published in the Antioch Herald . You can also see him on You Tube under “Saving Eli”. It is a powerful interview done by the 700 Club.