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                              You Can Witness: Jesus Lives in You
                                                 Gabe Watson - 12/06/08
                                                  (David's notes in red)

      Does the flesh attack your mind when you try to witness to others?

      I had a dream where I realized that I was right in the middle of a war with people being held captive at
      gunpoint all over the place. I could only focus on one guy who looked like an African soldier from the
      Congo. (This is your flesh, the old sinful black man.) I began to try and speak to help the people and
      persuade the soldier but he would get angry and would shoot me in the face with his gun. (This attack
      against your face is to deface you to yourself and is what the flesh does when you want to witness to
      someone.) I could even sense the bullets hitting my flesh and I wondered why it didn’t hurt or even kill
      me. In my mind, however, I began to think that it was about to do enough damage to kill me. (Don't
      listen to the old man and the Lord will give you strength and wisdom.) After about two or three times of
      this I found myself with the captives. (He wants you captive to him-self.) It was like we were in a Bible
      study and I could tell that they wanted to hear some teaching of the Bible. Before I started talking the
      thought came: “I need to have grace but need to season it with salt” (Colossians 4:6 Let your
      speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer
      each one). I then thought and reasoned, "these people had been through too much; they needed only
      grace." I began to preach to the people II Corinthians 9:8: And God is able to make all grace
      abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto
      every good work, but it wouldn’t flow out. (This is probably because of the attacks of the flesh
      [bullets]). These verses and advice are first of all for you and only then for others.)

      I felt like people were trying to talk about their doctrines which I knew were wrong and the Bible study
      began to be disruptive. (I actually work in a halfway house with recovering alcoholics, drug addicts,
      etc.) (Yes, these people need grace to overcome bondage, not arguing over doctrines, which is a
      trick of the devil sometimes to destroy the work they need.) As I kept teaching the people began to fall
      asleep. I then tried to pick up their huge mess they had made to gain favor with the people who had
      held them captive. (Pleasing the flesh makes a mess of our lives.) I then looked in a mirror and all I
      could see were all these bullet holes where the African man had shot me. (Looking at the damage the
      old man has done to the image of how we perceive ourselves is hindering many people's ministry.
       Look away from past failures and accept your perfection in Christ. {Phil.3:13} Brethren, I could not
      myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing [I do], forgetting the things which are behind, and
      stretching forward to the things which are before, {14} I press on toward the goal unto the
      prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. {15} Let us therefore, as many as are perfect,
      be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto
      you. {2 Cor.5:17} Wherefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new creature: the old things are
      passed away; behold, they are become new. See Jesus in you, and all that implies, and the
      power will come from Him. {2 Cor.3:18} But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror
      the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from
      the Lord the Spirit. {Phil.4:13} I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.)

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