People who constantly stir up tension
in relationships do it because they have no peace within themselves;
and people who have peace have no desire to stir things
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
If you have not personally experienced the peace of God which passes all understanding, then it’s no wonder that your relationships are rocky. You can’t give to someone else what you don’t have. The Bible promises that we can experience the overwhelming presence of God’s peace.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
John 14:1 say this: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
You know folks, Paul reminds us that peace is the fruit of, the result of, being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
If people are constantly rubbing you the wrong
way or if there are a lot of folks you would rather not have to deal
with, there is a chance that they are not the problem! If your
children get on your nerves all the time or maybe you find other
people don’t do their jobs. Heck if your spouse just doesn’t live
up to your expectations, well maybe, just maybe, the source of the
problem can be traced to the fact that YOU aren’t experiencing the
peace of God in your life.
Once you experience God’s peace, you will lose all interest in conflict, you will lose any desire to be judgmental, you will lose the tendency to be “on edge.”
Getting along with others, dealing with difficult folks, dealing with folks you may not really want to deal with may not always be easy, but it’s possible. It happens when you make an effort for it to happen. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, and people will less likely rub you the wrong way.
There ain't no doubt there will always be folks who rub you the wrong way,folks you would rather not deal with, folks you would rather not put up with. When you have to deal with them, or put up with them, take the high road. Remember that your actions are more important than your feelings and you can choose how to react to them, include Christ in every conversation…and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.- Isaiah 58:14 KJV
Do you know what I see, and what the general public perceives at motorcycle rallies? They see a lot of guys and gals wearing biker patches, but really not actively witnessing. Most Christian bikers are just walking around, like everybody else. Advertising, by wearing a Christian patch sends a message, but it really is not an effective witness compared to what you are going to learn here. Read the article to discover more about this.
Witness to Everyone - Do not ignore those who are lost. The motorcycle ministry is not as specific as you may wish it to be. The Lord said to witness to all, not just a specific targeted few. Ministry is not only to reach the non-affiliated hardcore outlaw biker, ex-military riders, civilian patch-wearers or the 1% clubs. The goal is to reach everyone for the Lord. That means the general public visitors and the participating bikers who have no affiliation. Open the horizons in your sphere of influence. Think big. Expand your ministry outreach.
Be More Friendly - Too many Christian Bikers are intimidating to the general public and they don't realize it. Simply wearing a patch strikes fear into people, even if it is a Christian patch. A person's adrenalin rises to the defensive. They will not admit it and they will hide their fear, but you can see it in their eyes and the way they will avoid you. You can't witness to people who are scared to be near you. So that means the responsibility is upon you to be "very outgoing and friendly" to all you meet. Learn to smile at people, shake hands, put your arm around them for a moment. That breaks the ice. Even if just in passing on a crowded sidewalk, go out of your way to smile and be friendly. If you do not smile, you will appear too tough. Hey, that's the way it is when you wear a patch. The ball is now in your hands. You will find people will want to talk to you and be seen hanging out with you if you let them feel you are approachable. You can look and act tough like the outlaw biker and you will not have any ears to listen to your testimony. You got to become very friendly. Don't worry, you will see that you will get a lot more respect from other bikers when you do. Try it. It is hard work at first, but it will come easy after a bit of practice, especially when you start to get a lot of results for the Lord.
Operating a Rally Booth - Operating a booth is okay, but what we normally see is a passive booth. Many people walk right on by and many do not stop to chat. Those that do don't stay long. Only the well-trained and friendly biker ministry member should man these booths and they must have a couple of "very aggressive" members in front waving people to come over to pick up a gift and get a drink of water or soda, tract, bible or whatever. Jesus was not passive, He was very aggressive. So were the Apostles and disciples in the early church. The lost are swimming by your booth like a fast river, but you do not have anyone standing by the shore with a fishing pole, hook and bait to catch the fish. Get the picture? You need to lure and catch the fish or they will swim on by you. The aggressive men in front can hand out Christian gifts.
Excerpt by:James Russell Publishing.
We all have seen them and quite frankly we all have experienced them in
our daily walks with The Lord Jesus Christ. Please allow me to break
down my analogies.
Let's take a look at "Potholes." They come in all sorts of sizes and dimensions. Some can be very small while others can swallow us up in a split second. Small ones in most cases can be avoided but those that are much larger can really wreak havoc on our lives and honestly our entire families can get sucked in as well. How do we as followers of Jesus Christ overcome theses potholes? We simply must stand on God's word. Trust in Him fully. Believe in the power and truths of His precious word.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
Here is another way of looking at our walk. The word of The Lord must be absorbed like a sponge and then we must ring it out outwardly to activate scripture effectively so that we become operational. Ya hear me... Amen.!
My prayer for all of us is that we continue to read His word for all it's worth. Stand firm on the Holy Scriptures, activate them in our walks daily, rely through our faith and believe in the power that is upon His precious word.
Heavenly Father we believe in You. We trust fully in Your word Lord. We are committed to You Father and we will go forth boldly in Your name to proclaim the Gospel in a world that is broken and fallen. As we humbly approach Your throne Father in prayer, fill us with Your strength oh Lord,. Help us to be faithful servants with a deep desire to see souls won unto Your Kingdom. Thank you Father, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.