In my weakness YOU ARE STRONG!

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


I was preparing the night before the Ambassadors for Christ Australia dinner when I realised that the two-sided prints of our program sheets were not aligned. I panicked for a while, but after a careful thought, I decided to put a gold ribbon on its side to hide its imperfection.


Some people remarked that I did well in preparing and decorating the program sheets. My husband, who knew what went wrong, told me that the outcome of the program sheets looked great with the gold ribbon


It reminded me that we tend to be critical of ourselves as people. We can even be so encouraging and supportive to other people, but we tend to be hard on ourselves. Those negative thoughts, fear, self-pity, condemnation, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, brokenness, feeling inadequate or not enough, worthlessness, weaknesses and disgrace can be very accessible. We tend to dwell on that space for quite some time, or worse, it becomes a cycle of God’s grace and God’s forgiveness to us.


In Hebrews 4:4-16 it says, “..They shall not enter my rest. Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience..Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.. LET US THEREFORE STRIVE TO ENTER THAT REST, SO THAT NO ONE MAY FALL BY THE SAME SORT OF DISOBEDIENCE. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account..For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who is in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.“

So one conclusion to draw from the warning in the book of Hebrews is that unbelief is such a constant and dangerous temptation that WE MUST FIGHT. Entering into God’s rest depends on our faith. We will not enter into God’s rest — if we do not trust his promises.


If we feel that we are turning to ourselves alone, let’s try to read Corinthians 12:9 again and again until it sinks in our hearts and souls. Let us be reminded that God’s grace can only fill those holes in our hearts because God is the only one who can make our lives sufficient. Let us CHOOSE to enter God’s rest and accept that we are indeed not enough, but God is! After all, he is the creator of all things.


Let us boast all the more gladly about our weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on us! When we yield to him, we will experience his power at work in us, transforming our hearts and minds.


All throughout the Bible, we see that God loves to grow the trust of his people by working through their weaknesses and limitations. Consider barren Sarah, Hannah, Rachel and Elizabeth, the stuttering Moses, Gideon’s small band, the young David versus the giant, Goliath, the young virgin Mary, and the blue-collar Peter among other fishermen who we’re called to be Jesus’ disciples, Jesus himself, who came in the utter weakness and vulnerability of a baby, the lamb who was slain, ultimately demonstrates that it is meek sheep who conquer and win the world. “God chooses what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and what is weak to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27


God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV). After God helps you go through a problem or learn to live with a weakness, you can help somebody else with the same difficulty.


Just like our program sheets, God can use our flaws and weaknesses to emphasise the power of his love and to participate in the divine plans God has for the world. Are we willing to celebrate our smallness, trust in God’s power and make ourselves available the next time God prompts us to witness for him to a neighbour, a family, work colleague or the cab driver or the woman behind the counter?


Lord, we acknowledge that we are nothing without you. Thank you that your grace is sufficient. We joyfully accept that you have all the strength and power we could ever need, and we don’t—and so we’re going to need your help! Help us share this valuable peace, joy, hope, and your freeing sufficiency in all things to all the people around us, especially in this day and age. In your sufficiency we trust, Amen!

Have you partnered with Jesus?  

There is no doubt that Jesus was effective in spreading the good news of the kingdom of God here on earth. But have you considered the partnerships Jesus had that enabled him to accomplish the work the Father had given him to do? 

Jesus partnered with his Father and the Holy Spirit. In John 5 we read Jesus saying, “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” verse 19. Again, in verse 30 Jesus says, “I can do nothing on my own”. 

Although fully God, Jesus operated only out of his humanity during his time on earth. He recognised his human limitations and his need for the Fathers divine direction and help through the Holy Spirit to accomplish his purpose. We see an example of this so clearly when Jesus began his ministry. In Luke 4 we see Jesus ministering in Capernaum, first in the synagogue and afterwards in Simon’s house. Mass crowds gathered and bought the sick and the demon possessed to be healed. Then, the very next day, we see Jesus finding a quiet place to be alone with the Father. When his disciples come looking for him, Jesus says to them “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well”. He had his instructions from the Father and went in the power of the Spirit. This is a scene we see often in the gospels; in fact, the busier ministry got for Jesus the more we see him taking time out in prayer seeking the Fathers will. Jesus could only achieve his purpose in partnership with his Father and the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus partnered with other people. In Luke 8:1-3 we see Jesus going “through the cities and villagers, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God”. But do you notice who is with Jesus? It may surprise you … he isn’t alone.

“The twelve were with him”. This may seem obvious but they aren’t the only ones. These twelve are the ones Jesus called to follow him. They are the ones he intentionally trained to share in the ministry of the gospel. Jesus knew his human reach was limited, he knew his time here on earth was limited, he knew his ministry as a man was limited, so he identified and equipped others to multiply his ministry across the world. Jesus modelled a team approach. Even when Jesus sent them out he didn’t send them alone but sent them out as a team of pairs. There are no lone rangers in Jesus’ ministry. 

Then we read, “also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities… and many others” were with Jesus. The very people who benefited from Jesus’ ministry were with Jesus. Why? Because they thought he was a nice guy?  I am sure they did think he was a nice guy, but more than that they had come to believe in who Jesus was and shared his kingdom purpose. They followed Jesus and participated in the ministry he had been called to. These people were the ones “who provided for them (Jesus and the 12) out of their means”. These women, and the many others, may not have been given the gift of evangelism, they may not have been trained for ministry, but they did use what God had given them and partnered with Jesus and the twelve to see the good news of the kingdom of God spread and multiply. 

Do you know why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with his Father and the Spirit? Why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with people? Because I am now one of the beneficiaries of his gospel ministry and, if you believe in Jesus, so are you. 

Is evangelism something you do in your own strength, with your own strategy? Jesus is calling you to stop and seek his direction and serve in response to his Spirit. Are you feeling Jesus calling you to follow him and be trained as a minister of the gospel? Today is the day to trust him, respond in obedience and take that step of faith.  Do you believe in Jesus? Then you are a beneficiary of his gospel ministry. He invites you to provide further for his gospel workers out of your means.  

Stage 2 of Living as a Witness for Jesus

I feel the Lord calling me to move to a new stage of living as his witness. Stage 1 brought radical change into my life as I realised that I have been sent by God into every encounter with every person in every circumstance in every day of my life, to represent Jesus and help people journey closer to him. I began putting on ‘sent glasses’ each day and viewing my time with people through the lens of my sentness. Through the years since I began that journey of sentness, God has opened up many amazing conversations and redemptive relationships.

Lately, however, I have been a frustrated witness. I have lots to share with people about Jesus, but new redemptive relationships are not opening up. God is pushing me to move to Stage 2.

What is Stage 1 and Stage 2 all about? 

Today I read Luke 14:12-24, Jesus’ parable of the great banquet. A man threw a great banquet to invite people to “eat bread in the kingdom of God”. He started by inviting his friends, his brothers and sisters, his relatives and his neighbours—all the people he was naturally close to in life. That’s exactly what I have been doing as a witness. That’s Stage 1. In Stage 1, you recognise that you are being sent by God into the lives of the people around you. You see those encounters with different eyes and use those encounters to help people move toward God.

In Jesus’ story, those people the man already spent time with were not interested in coming to the banquet. So he said to his servant, “Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.” Later he added, “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” That’s Stage 2 of living as a witness for Jesus!

Stage 1: Openly move toward spiritual conversations and gospel conversations with the people already in your life.


Stage 2: Intentionally go out of your normal setting and find broken people who are seekers, searching for God, and invite them to come to Christ. As the passage says, “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.”

What is a setting you could choose to get involved in, that would expose you to broken, needy people who are not concerned with hiding their brokenness and looking like they are all together, people who are desperately and openly in need of God?

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Ephesians 2:8-9

 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

Sitting nervously in the car park watching people walk into church one Sunday, Susan said to me, “How can I go in there, I’m not like those other women”.  When I asked her what she meant, Susan explained to me that she didn’t feel as though she was as good as the other women who go to church. In her eyes they seemed to do the right thing and had lived their lives a lot differently to her.

In that moment I saw what was holding Susan back from experiencing a real relationship with Jesus. Susan believed she had to be a good person or do the right thing to be good enough for God and good enough to go to church.

Can you see the lie Susan was believing? This is a lie the enemy wants us to believe because deep down, whether we say it or not, we all know that we have messed up. We know we have sinned and fall short of Gods perfect standard.

Today God wants you to help people understand the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9 that says:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace and his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

I turned to Susan that morning and explained it is most likely that every other woman walking into church has felt like her before. But the good news for us all is that it’s by Gods amazing grace that we have been saved and are made right in his eyes. There is nothing any of us can do to earn Gods love and forgiveness. The good news is God offers us forgiveness as a gift, not because we are good enough or deserve it but because he loves us. All we need to do is receive his gift to us by faith – trusting our lives to him.

I went on to explain to Susan that the women she is judging herself against are no better than she is—they also needed Gods saving grace. They now try to live their lives in response to Gods love for them.

Who in your life feels unworthy to be loved by God?

Who do you know that is striving to live a life that is “good enough”for God?

Maybe the people you know express their belief about being good enough differently to Susan. Maybe they think the roof will cave in if they go to church or think heaven won’t accept them. In any case, they need you to help them understand the truth!

Take time now to memorise Ephesians 2:8-9. Then ask God for an opportunity to share the truth of his grace and our need to respond through faith.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We don’t often think of time as being relative, do we? I mean, there are only so many hours in a day. But according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. Maybe that explains why our good days whiz by, and the bad ones just drag on!

The reality is that if we were to observe time through the lens of velocity or gravity it would dramatically contradict what we assume to be true about the absoluteness of time. That’s why astronauts on the International Space Station age at a slower rate than us here on earth and the GSP systems of our satellites constantly need to be recalibrated. It’s also the reason why your cell phone measures time by the number of vibrations in a stable atom and not the rotation of earth around the sun.

It’s quite mind bending isn’t it? Think of how God sees time. God views time very differently than we do because His frame of reference is far above us. The way God orchestrates our past, present, and future is inexplainable, but it’s important that we remember that God has been, is, and will continue to be, at work in lives of those He is sending us to as witnesses.


As you share the Gospel with your redemptive relationship, you can show them through this Scripture that God will fulfil his promise to judge this world. Share with them that God is patiently holding back his judgment, giving them time to hear his loving invitation and turn to him.


You friend, fellow ambassador for Christ, bear the message that God is working in their life today; and at this very moment in time, God is reaching out to them for relationship if only they would repent of their sin and receive Jesus as their Saviour.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

2 Corinthians 5:21
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

When is it the right time to share this verse in a conversation with someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus?

This is not the right verse to share when explaining our brokenness and need for God. Nor is it the verse to share when pointing out our guilt before God that separates us from him.

No, the time to share this verse is when you are explaining what the cross is all about. When you are explaining the spiritual connection God makes between the death of Jesus in the past and my faith in Jesus in the present, this is the verse to use.

We need righteousness to be right with God, but what we have is sin (guilt). Since we can’t undo our guilt we have a big problem and face God’s judgement. Jesus, on the other hand, had no guilt; he only had righteousness.

What this verse shares with a person trying to understand the gospel is that Jesus volunteered to take our guilt and give us his righteousness—an incredible exchange that could only come from a heart that loved us, even in our sinfulness, more than himself.

The verse tells us that God the Father accepted this sacrificial trade and “made him [Jesus] who had no sin [guilt] to be sin [guilty] for us, so that in him [because of his death on the cross that paid the penalty for our guilt] we might become the righteousness of God [we receive his righteousness and the good relationship with God that it brings].”

This is gospel, the good news: Christ died for us, in our place, because of his great love for us, and when we receive this gift—this great exchange—by faith, we start a relationship with God that changes our lives forever.

Use 2 Corinthians 5:21 to explain what Jesus did for us at the cross.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This blog series aims to help you know the best Bible verses you can use in sharing Christ with non-believers. Craig, Aaron, Josh and Andrew already shared with you the first four Bible verses we can use:

John 14:6

John 10:9-10

Romans 5:8

Today, I would like to share the most straightforward Bible verse I often use when sharing Christ with people, a verse that very simply shares two core truths. I understand that many of us sincere and God-fearing Christians struggle to articulate the core truths of the gospel in few sentences because I once had that struggle too. When we grasp the fullness of what Jesus did for us all at Calvary, we cannot help wanting to share it with everyone. We want everyone to have what we have!

We know that the Bible has a lot of great verses to share, but sometimes we hesitate to start gospel conversations with people because we are not sure which verses to use. We feel like we need to memorise heaps of verses to share the gospel with people, so we hold back.

I encourage you to just memorise Romans 6:23 — “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” When sharing this verse with a non-believer, simply pick out the two core truths of the verse, which are separated by the comma—the first truth is why we desperately need God’s help, and the second is the gospel!

Let me show you what I mean…

Truth 1: “For the wages of sin is death”

Think of a child and a parent. When a child disobeys, the relationship with his parent is strained. The parent’s love remains unchanged; however, the child may experience some consequences like discipline, natural consequences of their behaviour, mistrust and a sense of guilt. So it is with God and us. When we rebel against God’s will, ways and rule in our lives, we earn wages and those wages are “death”—a brokenness that separates us from God, the source of real life!

Truth 2: “But the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”

Only God can bring healing, love and wholeness. When we turn to God, trusting that Jesus paid for our forgiveness when he died on the cross, God forgives us as a gift. The gift comes “through Christ Jesus”. That is, you don’t have to do a lot of good things to earn it because Jesus already paid for it. You just need to thank God for his forgiveness and receive it. That’s called faith.

As you share this verse, make sure to share your own story of how you have met Christ. This is the most powerful thing you can do, as it says in Revelation 12:11. Be honest, and don’t sugarcoat it. People need to hear how your life was and how God changed your life. 

So, if you have someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus yet, and you want them to experience the fullness of life through Jesus, share your heart and be vulnerable with them. Share your own experience of brokenness and healing that God is bringing. Talk about the way to get right with God, use Romans 6:23 and remember to keep it simple. If you can lock these two core truths in your mind, you will be able to share the gospel with anyone. 

Go BIG in praying for your witness. Remember that the Bible is the story of people who prayed, and God answered!

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Romans 5:8 

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Surely this is one of the greatest ever Bible verses. It basically sums up the entire Christian message in one short line. While we were still sinners, while we were still at odds with God, Christ died for us. There was nothing we could do, so he did it for us.

The first thing the person you are speaking with needs to know about God is how much he loves them, and that his love reaches past any sense of guilt they may have to bring them into a great relationship with him. This verse will help you communicate that truth.

In many movies, there is this theme of sacrifice. I am thinking of movies like the Avengers movies, Titanic etc. But what these all have in common is that the people in them are sacrificing their lives for their friends and loved ones. Imagine if, instead of sacrificing their lives for their friends, they sacrificed their lives for their enemies. It’s inconceivable! But that is what this verse is telling us. While we were still sinners, that is, while we were still at odds with God and his enemies, Christ died for us.

What we are seeing in the world today through people’s reaction to COVID and the gender issues is that people are becoming more and more absorbed with self – even if it’s to the detriment of everyone else around them. What this means is that when you think of the people around you, this sacrificial love of the Christian faith is becoming increasingly alien to people’s thinking. But I think that just makes it more and more powerful!

When you speak with people about God, think about this verse and tell them about Christ’s love for them. Share with them that they don’t have to ‘fix themselves up’ before coming to him. Tell them that contrary to what the world preaches these days, Jesus will meet them where they are now, in all their hurt and struggles, with all their thorns and with all their struggles and imperfections.

For people who are genuinely seeking God, their sense of unworthiness can be one of the biggest hurdles in their journey towards him—they feel like they need God, but that they are not worthy of him. What a beautiful truth to be able to tell them: God doesn’t want us to be perfect before coming to him; he wants to be the one to help us become perfect…in him!

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

John 14:6

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Who can you see that is trying to seek fulfilment in life?

Who do you know that is restless and needs inner peace?

Who in your life needs to experience true forgiveness and be set free from guilt?

It’s ONLY through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they will experience forgiveness, inner peace, and fulfilment in life.

At a time when his close friends and followers are deeply concerned over his departure from this world, Jesus makes this profound and bold claim:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

This claim Jesus makes brings great comfort and security to all his followers and can help you bring clarity to the people in your life who need to know Jesus.

Just think about what Jesus is saying here…

“I am the way…”Jesus is saying, I am the way to God, the way for your sins to be forgiven and for you to experience peace, being reconciled to God.

“and the truth…” – Jesus is saying, I am the truth, the promise of God, the Word that became flesh, the promised Messiah, the final word of God spoken to his people.

“and the life” – Jesus is saying, I am the life. Only in me can you know life in all its fullness now here on earth and experience that life for all eternity.

Who in your life needs to experience forgiveness, inner peace and fulfilment in life? Every person who does not know Jesus.

Jesus makes it clear; we can only experience forgiveness, peace and fulfilment if we come to the Father. And there is only one way to come to the Father, “through me” Jesus says. Our need for forgiveness, peace, and fulfilment are just symptoms of the real problem – we need a personal relationship with God.

Jesus is saying there is no other way to be forgiven, no other way to be made right and at peace with God. No other way to enjoy life now and be secure in our eternity after death, no way to escape the punishment of rejecting God, no way of having a personal relationship with God… “except through me”, by personally surrendering to Jesus’ authority in your life.

Today we live in a world where many reject the authority of Jesus or sadly don’t know who Jesus really is. Many believe that truth is relative, and others believe there are many paths to spiritual enlightenment or encountering God. Still others believe fulfilment in life can be reached through various achievements and accolades.

But Jesus sets the record straight. He is Truth in all these matters, and he wants you to help those in your life that need him to see clearly who Jesus is – THE ONLY WAY to come to God.

But Jesus sets the record straight. He is Truth in all these matters, and he wants you to help those in your life that need him to see clearly who Jesus is – THE ONLY WAY to come to God.

Some may think that saying “Jesus is the only way” is narrow minded and unfair. However, just think about it for a minute… Jesus being the only way means that God treats all of humanity equally and does not show any favouritism. Jesus being the only way means God made a way that is the most inclusive way for all humanity and does not exclude anyone from being in relationship with him. Because Jesus is the only way it doesn’t depend on our good works, intelligence, social status, or anything else, it depends on Jesus.

The TRUTH is, everyone can experience eternal LIFE starting today because Jesus is the WAY.

10 Hints on how to share the Gospel—Keep it simple

I was sitting in a high profile meeting with mature, highly capable men when one of them leaned forward and asked, “What is the gospel, can you explain it simply to me?”.





If you were asked this question, how would you respond? What would you say? Where would you begin?





Many sincere God-loving Christians struggle to know how to simply articulate the core truths of the gospel in a sentence or two. I know I once did. You may be asking, is it even possible to explain the essence of the gospel in a sentence?





Today I want to share with you a key passage that will help you know how to simply explain the gospel. You no longer need to wonder what you will say when you are given an opportunity to share the gospel.





As all those men waited for a reply to that question, I was grateful the Lord reminded me of the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 that says:





“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. And that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”





In these few short verses, we see the gospel in its simplest form wrapped in two core truths. If you can remember these two core truths, you will be able to share the Gospel with anyone. Can you see the two core truths? Take another look at the passage.





The two core truths are these – 1. Christ died for our sins, and 2. He was raised on the third day. These two truths are so profound and yet the gospel is still that simple. One sentence that captures the gospel – Jesus died for our sin, and he was raised to life so we can know him personally.





This is the one sentence I used to respond to the men waiting for my answer. This is a sentence you can keep in mind to begin simply explaining the gospel to someone. Your conversation no doubt will begin where the person is at, but with these two truths locked in your mind, you can naturally explain the beauty of the gospel in conversation in a way that is simple and relevant to the person you are talking to.





Christ died for our sin – Jesus took the punishment we deserve upon himself, giving us peace with God.

He was raised on the third day – Jesus is alive, and we can have a personal relationship with our living saviour.

This is the simple message our world needs to hear. This is the simple message God has sent you to share!





Today, God wants you to relax in your conversation when it comes to sharing the gospel and with these two gospel truths in mind, keep it simple.





Who has God sent you into relationship with that needs to hear these two gospel truths?





Take a moment now to re-read the passage again and ask God to give you an opportunity to share these truths with them.

What encouragement can we get from 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 when it comes to keeping it simple?





  1. Keep the Gospel your priority

For Paul the simple unchanging message of the gospel was of primary importance. He says, I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received. If there is one thing Paul wanted people to know and understand, one thing he wanted them to remember and prioritise in life, it was the simple message of the gospel. So, keep the gospel your priority.  





  • Keep the gospel, the gospel.

The gospel, Christ died for our sins and he was raised so we can know him personally, is the one unchanging message that has been preached around the world, throughout generations, in different languages, to men, women and children. This is the one unchanging message that has transformed countless lives and brings hope to all humanity. This is one message we never change. This is the message we share in its entirety. It is the power of this message alone that brings life and peace. So, keep the gospel, the gospel.





  • Keep confident in the truth of the gospel.

Can you see the evidence in the passage that supports the truth of the gospel?

  1. The proof that Christ died is he was buried. Jesus Christ actually died and was actually buried in a tomb.
    1. The proof that Christ was raised is he appeared to Cephas, the twelve… and in the very next verse Paul says he appeared to over five hundred others at one time, most of who are still alive when Paul wrote this account.
    1. The proof that this was all part of Gods plan is that these two events took place in accordance with the Scriptures. Nothing is a surprise to God; he can be trusted.