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How is everyone doing? My name is William, and I’m new here. This blog is going to be geared towards Christian living; the journey, the struggles, the blessings, the lessons, and everything between! As I mentioned above, I am relatively new to blogging and this is going to be a learning experience for me. With that being said, if you have suggestions, ideas, or input do not hesitate to give me feedback 🙂. Until the next post, be blessed! I look forward to hearing from you; and seeing you back here the next time!

Thanks giving

Maybe we say a prayer over the food, and even thank God in the prayer for His blessings through the year. But does it stop there? 

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. We get busy preparing our plans for friends and loved ones to arrive, or us to go to them, cook big feast, and spend a day or two together.

But are we really thankful? Do we really give thanks? 

Maybe we say a prayer over the food, and even thank God in the prayer for His blessings through the year. But does it stop there? Do we give any more thought to the true blessings that the Lord has given us after that prayer? Or do we did into the bountiful feast and then start thinking about the parade, and the football games, and everything that we don’t have that we want to run out and buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 

This Thanksgiving, I want to encourage you to really give thanks and be appreciative of all that God has and will do for you. 

Also, think of the ones who do not have family, or someone to share this day with. Maybe invite someone over to share in your THANKSgiving that otherwise would not have the opportunity to be around others. All those leftovers that will honestly never get eaten, give some away to people who are hungry.

Enjoy your time with friends and family this season, and above all truly be thanks giving.

Love you all and God bless!

Getting old

God has been speaking to me more and more recently, and I do believe there are some specific things that He wants released, I’m just looking for His timing.

I got an email from WordPress today. It tells me that it has been one month since Shelter91 came into existence. It really doesn’t seem like it’s been a month.

On this one-month-aversery I want to ask, how has the Lord encouraged or challenged you through the posts here so far? 

Also, what would you like to see in the days to come? As I stated in my last entry, I am still trying to find direction, so to speak, and at the same time I would like to listen to the voice of the readers.

God has been speaking to me more and more recently, and I do believe there are some specific things that He wants released, I’m just looking for His timing.

In the meantime, share your input; thoughts, opinions, concerns, testimonies of how God is using you, ask questions whatever the Lord leads. 

God bless!

Living for God is hard, blogging is harder

My main goal in life, in ministry, is simply to see the captives set free, the lost saved, and God’s people to find liberty, and a fresh fire from the Spirit of God. 

Who has ever heard, “Just give your life to God, and all your problems will go away!” or some variant of that? I’m sure that most, if not all of us have… Maybe we’ve even been the one who was leading someone to God and we, out of good intentions, made a similar statement.

I can not remember if this was said to me before I came to God, however there seems to be this resonance in me that I had heard it before… 

As I began reading the Word and walking out this life in Christ I began to realize that this statement just wasn’t true, no matter how well intended it may be when said.

The good news is that even though we will face trials, struggles, adversity, hardship, and pain God is ALWAYS right there with us. He promises that he will never leave or forsake us, and that we are more than conquerers in Christ Jesus! 

He tells us to cast our cares upon him, to lay our struggles before him, and that he will go before us. What must not rely on our own understanding, but trust completely in the Lord.

I’m still seeking his guidance for this blog. Finding a “niche” and staying in it is easier said than done, it would seem. I know that evangelism burns in my heart, and the great commission is very near and dear to The Lord’s heart, however I wonder how many post one can do on this without simply becoming a broken record.

My main goal in life, in ministry, is simply to see the captives set free, the lost saved, and God’s people to find liberty, and a fresh fire from the Spirit of God. 

So concerning Shelter91, it is an ongoing process just as our walk with God. My prayer is that no matter what facet of Christian content may be posted, no matter how many fancy pictures, or clever anecdotes may be in these writings that you are blessed and that you experience growth in your spiritual life; and the lost get saved. 

As always, thank you for stopping in! Make sure to subscribe, share, and leave a comment! If you need anything let me know! God bless!

What will you do with it?

When you see people’s lives impacted by the glory of The Lord, and souls saved from eternal hell fire it is like nothing else!


I pray that through the last several posts on the main through obstacles to walking out The Great Commission that God blessed you and gave you something to run with. 

In those three readings we learned that:

    Are the struggles most are faced with.

    I know that it can be intimidating the first time, or even the first several times that we step out and ask someone, “Do you know Jesus?” However, I’m here to tell you that once you get out there and start spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ it is worth the discomfort the first few times! 

    When you see people’s lives impacted by the glory of The Lord, and souls saved from eternal hell fire it is like nothing else! Your spirit will leap inside of you, a desire to reach the Nations begins to burn in you, and you realize that this is so special.

    I need you to understand that just because someone does not make a decision to give their life to God at the moment you talk to them does not mean that you have failed. Paul told us that someone plants the seed and someone waters the seed, he then says that it is God who causes it to grow.

     In another place Jesus says: 

    You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.

    John 4:35-38

    You may be the one to plant, or the one to water, or the one to harvest; just remember God makes the seed grow! Either way, you are not a failure! You have done what you were called to do! 

    As the Lord leads, I will continue to share with you more on this invaluable subject. I want to share a few great tools that I have personally used and have found to make things a little easier. 

    Pocket Testament League

    Fellowship Tract League 

    Both of these websites offer free tracts that you can use in your work for the Kingdom. Pocket testament league offers high quality gloss cover pocket Gospel of John, these are by far my favorite! Fellowship tract league have your traditional tracts that we have all seen laying on a park bench or the sink in Wal Mart 🙂 and they are great tools as well! 

    Each will help in giving an open door to speak with people and share your story. It also leaves them with something tangible to take with them as they leave. You can write your name, phone number, your pastor’s name and number, or whatever God leads you to on these life-changing pieces of material so that the person you witness to can follow up with someone if they need or want to.

    If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, feedback please do not hesitate to let me know! 

    As always, thank you for stopping in! Make sure to subscribe, share, and leave a comment! If you need anything let me know! God bless!

    But I’m scared

    Now, if we believe the Bible, and more specifically Jesus, then in this one little section He is telling us there is nothing to fear!

    Alright, it’s time to discuss the last obstacle that most face when considering evangelism!

    This is a big one right?

    Rather it is fear of failure, or persecution, or being mocked, or whatever it may be that strikes that heart racing, nauseating panic whenever you think about sharing your faith, fear is probably the number one reason why we fail to share the Gospel.

    I want to encourage you in the Lord that the fear you experience is a lie of the enemy! It’s not real! If the enemy can convince you that you are legitimately afraid, for whatever reason, then he can stop you from reaching out to the lost. 

    There are going to be people that you encounter in life that only you can witness to. And if you don’t speak life and grace into their lives they will be lost forever.

    Just think about that for a minute… Really let it sink in… 

    Paul said: 

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.

    2 Timothy 1:7‭-‬8 NLT

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    And Jesus said: 

    “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    Matthew 28:18‭-‬20 NLT

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    *Emphasis added

    The two parts that you need to grab hold of and run with are 

    1. Jesus gave us ALL authority in heaven and on Earth
    2. He is with us ALWAYS

    Now, if we believe the Bible, and more specifically Jesus, then in this one little section He is telling us there is nothing to fear!

    I believe that God will use you! Stand up, declare the Word of God, and go win souls for the Kingdom of God! 

    As always, thank you for stopping in! Make sure to subscribe, share, and leave a comment! If you need anything let me know! God bless!

    Got my seat

    We should be “empty” by the time Sunday fellowship comes around because we have poured everything out through the week to the lost and hurting around us.

    Beep! beep! beep! beep!

    Well there’s the alarm… Hit snooze, just another 15 minutes… 

    Beep! beep! beep! beep!

    Ok time to get ready for church… Quick hurry everybody we’re going to be late! 

    Alright, we have arrived! Oh shake her hand, hug his neck… Wait, did you get a new haircut sister Sue? And, my that’s a nice pair of shoes brother Bob! Why yes, I did get a new outfit, thank you for noticing!

    Ok, service is starting… Wait! Who is that and why are they in my seat?!

    Alright, ok I’ll just sit over here instead…

    The pastor is taking a long time today, pretty good service but I sure am hungry… What are we gonna eat for lunch today? Oh! And the game is on today! 11:50 and he’s still preaching? Doesn’t sound like he’s almost done… Boy he needs to hurry!

    For many this is what Sunday mornings look like. They go through the motions, mindlessly getting up, going to a church house, half-heartedly listening to the sermon, and that’s it… Never giving a second thought to what the Lord had to say during that service.

    God wants so much more for us than that! Just going to church doesn’t make you saved! Sitting in your spot every Sunday doesn’t guarantee your spot in heaven! We are meant to go and be refreshed and fed by the Spirit of God, and to encourage and build one another up. 

    Why do we need to be refreshed and recharged? 

    We should be “empty” by the time Sunday fellowship comes around because we have poured everything out through the week to the lost and hurting around us.

    You see we are not meant to hold onto the blessings and messages that are poured into us by God! We are to allow them to flow through us to the world around us! The Bible says rivers of living water! It says my cup overflows! 

    When we hold onto the blessings and messages and we don’t release them we become “to full” spiritually. We become lethargic, and lazy. Just like when we eat to much and we don’t want to do anything! Also, if there is supposed to be rivers of living water and we don’t allow it to flow then we are putting up a spiritual dam, and causing that flow to become stagnant!

    How do you choose to respond today? What will do with the fresh download that the Father puts in you? 

    Don’t be selfish, trying to hold onto it all, there is more it is an endless steam that flows from the throne of God! Choose today to pour yourself out to the lost and hurting around you! Make yourself available to God and see souls won to the kingdom of God! 

    As always, thank you for stopping in! Make sure to subscribe, share, and leave a comment! If you need anything let me know! God bless!

    So how do I do that

    You will know because God will quicken your heart, or you will get that “feeling”, or…

    Now that we’ve established the fact that we are called to spread the Gospel, let’s move to part two!

    You may be asking yourself, ” So exactly how does one go about sharing their faith?” Well, I have good news, no pun intended, ha ha! It’s really simple!

    Now, there are a number of different ways and most of them are effective. However for this post we are gonna keep it simple. We like simple, right? 

    To begin you need to understand that you are empowered to go out and spread the Gospel! Jesus did it and that means you can too!

    “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.

    John 14:12‭ NLT 

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    The next thing for you to do is, at least once or twice a day, to pray and ask God to teach you how to share his word on an individual level and to reveal to you opportunities to share with people.

    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

    Psalms 143:10 NLT

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    Also, don’t worry about figuring it out on your own! 

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5 NLT

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    If you pray and ask God to lead you and give you the words to say when opportunities are present and you trust God he will guide you! 

    Finally, always be prepared! How do you be prepared? By following the last two steps! Pray and don’t rely in your own understand, but trust in God.

    Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

    2 Timothy 4:2 NLT

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    You do not have to preach some elaborate message or necessarily spend hours talking with someone, sometimes a simple, do you know God loves you, is all it takes! So to give you specifically how to share your faith in the context of this post: 

    1. Be prayed up and prepared
    2. Look for the opportunities

    (You will know because God will quicken your heart, or you will get that “feeling”, or maybe even hear him tell you this is an opportunity; and if you don’t recognize the moments when they pass and you missed them you feel as though you should have said something)

    Thanks for reading! I pray God set fire to your hearts and you begin to make an impact on the world around you! Let me know about your experiences with sharing the Gospel!

    Don’t forget to follow this blog and share it with everyone! As always drop me a line and check back soon, as I will be doing the final post in this three part series. 

    God bless you all, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you here next time!