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HOW TO USE THE WHEEL CARD pages 4-7

by Dr. Fred Wittman

"W" stands for "Witness."

       The fourth essential to physical growth and the fourth stabilizing factor to keep Christ in the center of life is exercise. When a baby wakes up from resting, he naturally moves his arms and legs around. If this did not occur, he would never develop the muscles needed for crawling, and later walking and running. We must exercise spiritually as well. Spiritual exercise is witnessing or openly confessing your new (and on-going) relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 10:32,33 the Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of confessing a relationship with Him before humans. Jesus was addressing His disciples in the context of warning against fear when he contrasted confessing Him before humans with denying Him. He said, "Therefore everyone whoever shall confess|to be |in Me before the face of the humans, I Myself also shall confess|to be |in him before the face of My Father Who|is |in Heavens. But whoever ever deny Me before the face of the humans, I Myself also shall deny him before the face of My Father Who|is |in Heavens." Confessing to be in Christ before humans determines whether or not The Lord Jesus Christ will confess that he has such a relationship with that one before His Father and the angels in Heaven. If you want The Lord Jesus Christ to confess that you are in Him before His Father and the angels in Heaven when you stand before God in Heaven, then you must confess to be in Him here and now before humans on Earth. For failure to openly confess Him is equal to denying Him. It also determines whether or not one loves The Lord Jesus Christ. This statement that Christ gave concerning confessing or denying Him in the context of warning against fear indicates that denial may be due to fear or being ashamed of Him. Paul also mentioned shame in relation to confessing Christ and indicated that it is due to a lack of committing trust.
       This matter of witnessing to, or confessing that one has a relationship with Christ is not only the fourth essential to spiritual growth, but it is the fifth step which is essential to salvation (Romans 10:8-11). "This is the declaration of the faith which we proclaim as an herald: 9 If (and it may be) you confess Jesus, Lord with your mouth and you commit trust in your heart that God raised Him up out of dead ones, you shall be saved. 10For with heart He is continually being trusted unto righteousness and with mouth He is repeatedly being confessed in regard to salvation. 11For The Scripture is saying, Everyone who continually commits trust upon Him shall not be utterly ashamed." Confession is so vitally important to your faith in Christ and to your relationship to Him. Because if you do not confess your relationship to Him before humans. He will not confess your relationship to Him before God, His Father in Heaven. Thus failure to confess Christ not only indicates denial, but also it indicates that trust has not been committed to Him. While on Earth The Lord Jesus Christ said,
"25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying. Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say. We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:25-28).
"I never knew you" is an awesome statement to thosewho thought they knew Him. Don't let it be said to you! Confess that you are in Christ and belong to Him repeatedly before humans.

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       While on the one hand God's righteousness is imputed by committing trust unto Christ with the heart, on the other hand salvation is reinforced and evidence is given to the salvation by confession of Christ with the mouth. Public confession is essential to salvation. It is through confession that The Lord Jesus Christ is made known to others. In addition to the fact that through confession, God uses you and others who are committing trust unto the Lord Jesus Christ to witness for Christ and thus make Him known, you yourself benefit from confession as well, because every time you identify with Christ you reinforce your own assurance. You remind yourself that you belong to Christ, thereby affirming your relationship with Christ. Conversely, Jesus said that failur~o confess Him before the humans is equal to denial. Read again what He said is the consequence of not confessing Him before humans in Matthew 10:32,33. "Therefore everyone whoever shall confess|to be |in Me before the face of the humans, I Myself also shall confess|to be |in him before the face of My Father Who|is |in Heavens. But whoever ever deny Me before the face of the humans, I Myself also shall deny him before the face of My Father Who|is |in Heavens." Therefore this matter of confessing or denying Christ determines three things:
         1. your reality of your relationship to Christ;
         2. whether Christ will confess you to belong to Him in Heaven; and
         3. whether you are ashamed of Christ or not.
       When Paul concluded the statement concerning the need to confess Christ to be Lord as being essential to salvation in Romans 10:9,10, He added, "The Scripture is saying. Everyone who continually commits trust upon Him shall not be utterly ashamed." Thus, failure to confess Him reflects that one is ashamed of Him (Romans 10:11) and indicates the lack of true belief and committal of trust to Him. So failure to confess Him indicates denial of a true relationship of Him, reflects that one is ashamed of Him, and indicates a lack of true belief and committal of trust to Him.
       By the way, did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for you before He went to the Cross? In His High Priestly prayer recorded in John 17, He prayed for His disciples, but not for the world (John 17:9).
"And they committed trust that You Yourself sent Me. I Myself am asking concerning them. I am asking not concerning the world but on the contrary concerning ' those' whom You permanently gave to Me because they are continuously Yours."
Then He prayed for all those who would commit trust unto Him through their word (John 17:20).
"And I am asking not concerning these alone, but also concerning the ones committing trust unto Me through their word."
       Since you believed on Him because some one, who was witnessed to by someone else, witnessed to you, and that person was witnessed to by someone else, and so on down through the ages, therefore He prayed for you. He prayed for you in two ways: one, for you to commit trust unto Him, and two, for your witness unto some one else who shall commit trust unto Him. It is a foregone conclusion with God that everyone, who truly and completely commits trust in Christ, shall witness or confess himself or herself to be in Christ to other humans. The lack of such confession indicates lack of true and complete trust in Christ.
       One might ask how do I go about making such a confession. When a young person falls in love he or she does not lack for words to express what the one being loved is like or what that one means to them. It is the same when one comes to know, love, and commit trust unto The Lord Jesus Christ. It is far easier when one first comes to Christ to begin witnessing about Him than it is if a period of time passes before openly confessing Him. Therefore we encourage new believers to begin confessing Him right away.
       You might ask. But what should I say? Tell your family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, "Something very important happened in my life (then indicate: today, last night, last week, or recently) and I would like you to know. I met the most important person that ever lived and He became my Savior. I received from Him the most valuable gift that anyone could receive. This Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died on Calvary's cross to pay the penalty in order to forgive my sins. He rose again the third day and ascended into Heaven to apply His Blood on the mercyseat in Heaven to cleanse me from my sins and guilt and to give me eternal life. He has changed my life and I would like you to observe the changes taking place in my life. Christ is now living in me and I am alive in Him. If you would like to meet This One and receive His wonderful gift, please ask me and I will tell you how it came about.
Then when you are asked, you can use one of the tracts (such as Do You Know, Believe It or Not, Don't Risk Missing Out, Say Friend Have You Heard) which are freely available through Happy Heralds, Inc. @www.happyheralds.com or .org and go through the steps of salvation with that one

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       When The Lord Jesus taught His disciples, He indicated that there are four kinds of hearts represented by four kinds of soil upon which the seed of God's Word will fall (Mark 4:1-8, 14-20. Read it now!). There are four kinds of people to whom you will witness. It is good to keep this in mind when you are witnessing so that you do not get discouraged, but repeatedly witness to others.

1. The Hard-hearted:
are represented by the soil alongside the way, close to where people walk and the soil is packed hard. The hard-hearted are those who have such hard hearts that God's Word cannot penetrate; therefore they will not respond to the message of the Salvation, to the Blessed Gospel, and to your witness because Satan will snatch away The Word from their hearts.
2. The Heavy-hearted:
are represented by the rocky ground where a thin layer of soil covers the large rocks. The heavy-hearted are those who do not have any depth and when you witness to them, they respond readily to the Gospel and to your witness, but when affliction, hard times, difficulties in life, and even when others laugh at them or poke fun at them, or ridicule, or persecute them for having received Christ, they are offended and wither away.
3. The Half-hearted:
are represented by the seed sown among thorns. The half-hearted are those who respond to your witness, accept the Gospel, receive Christ as Savior, and appear to begin to grow. But when the cares of this world press upon them, they give more attention to the cares than to their growth and relationship to Christ. Or, the deceitfulness of riches or the desire for material things takes precedence to the desire for Spiritual things and their growth and progress in Christ is stunted. Or, the lusts of other things or their pride in life (wanting to get ahead, enjoy popularity with the crowd, or higher position in the company, or the satisfaction of their passion, or some hunger or thirst in life such as gluttony for food, or alcohol, or drugs, or possessions will choke the Word so that they do not grow spiritually. Rather they find these things more important than the things of Christ and giving attention to the Spiritual life in Christ.
4. The Honest or Whole-hearted:
are represented by the seed sown on intrinsically good soil which produces fruit abundantly. The honest or whole-hearted are those who respond to the Word of God and grow steadily in Christ until they become fruitful, some bearing fruit 3000%, some 6000%, and some 10,000% for God's glory by bringing others to Christ. So you see that according to The Lord Jesus at least seventy-five per cent of those to whom you witness will not be true to the gospel call and the message of the true salvation in Christ. This is also illustrated by the answer He gave to the disciples question, "Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them. Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:23,24).
Only approximately twenty-five percent of those to whom you witness will respond properly to The Word of God and become fruit-bearing disciples. Jesus said, "In this My Father is glorified that you bring much fruit and you shall become disciples to Me" (John 15:8).
       By the way, which one of these soils or which kind of heart do you picture yourself as having? A hard heart, a heavy heart, a half heart, or an honest or whole heart? Often when I ask this question, there is silence and hesitation. Then many times the answer is I guess half hearted or only occasionally heavy hearted. I respond with. Do you hesitate to answer whole-hearted because life in Christ looms ahead like steep mountain? Their answer. Yes, I don't whether I can be that dedicated. But remember Jesus said, "I Myself came in order that they continually have absolute life and |that| they continually have| it| more abundantly" (John 10:10). The kind of life that Jesus gives enables the one committing trust unto Him to be fruitful. And you can be whole hearted if right now you determine by His grace to be a whole-hearted, fruitful disciple of His.
       All four areas. Going to God in prayer, Reading the Bible, Obeying, and Witnessing, must be evident in a believer's life if he is to keep Christ in the center of his life.

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       Now notice two words in the lower center of the wheel card. You will meet two influences in your new life in Christ: the church and Satan, one an influence for good and one an influence for evil.

"CHURCH"

        Introduce "CHURCH" by asking this question, "What is between the two CH's (CH__CH) in ths word?" The answer will come back "U-R." Thenreply, "That's correct! That's where you belong and that's where you need to be—in the center of the church"! The church is the correct environment for a child of God to grow toward maturity. It is in church where we learn to grow. It is in church where we are helped to grow. Because it is in church where we read and study the Bible and learn what It says. In Church we feed on God's Word publicly. And it is in church where we learn what areas in our lives we need to obey. It is also in church where we learn how to and are exhorted to witness. Church exists so that believers can worship God and learn how to live more pleasing to God and more effectively lead others to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church will do everything in its power to help you to grow and to resist Satan.

"SATAN"

       Satan is the enemy who will do everything in his power to keep you from growing. He will try to keep you from going to God in prayer or he will try to interrupt prayer. He will try to keep you from reading God's Word. He will try to keep you from obeying and will disturb you so that you do not rest in Christ. He will try to keep you from witnessing.
       One of the first things Satan will do is to try to get the new believer to doubt his salvation and to sin against God. When hardships and trials come, and they will, Satan will come to you and say, "Look at all the trouble you have since trusting Christ. Nobody has as much temptation as you have."

NOTE THE VERSES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WHEEL CARD!

       You can respond by saying, "Satan, you are a liar. Some body in Europe, in Asia, in Hongkong or China, in Australia, in North or South America, or Africa is enduring the same temptation as I am. God's word says (point to I Corinthians 10:13 on wheel card), "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13). When tempted, first look for a way to escape the temptation. If you cannot find it, look to the Lord to enable you to bear it.
       However, if you do sin, fellowship with God can be instantly restored by confessing your sin and claiming the promise of I John 1:9. Do not ask for forgiveness because that is acting as if you do not believe God's Word and are calling God a liar. Rather say. "Lord, I have sinned. I (name the sin, i.e. lied, cursed, had evil thoughts, etc.). Thank you for cleansing me with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for forgiving me. And the next time I am tempted, let me be prompted by and respond to Thy Holy Spirit." For God's Word promises instant restoration, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). So keep short accounts with God! When you realize you have sinned, go before God confess it and thank Him for the cleansing and the forgiveness.

       May you persistently grow in His Grace and in the Knowledge of Him.

       For the initial use of the Wheel Card, omit the portion on the four soils. On the next occasion of follow-up (preferably one week later), go over the whole Wheel Card including the four soils portion.

Dr. Fred Wittman

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