Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Does Jesus Use Facebook?

The answer is YES!
Hold on... wait a minute. You Facebook users... don't go looking to be "friends" with Jesus on Facebook. Of course He doesn't use it in the sense that you or I might spend time on Facebook, but His presence can certainly be felt and He does "keep in touch" with his many children.

There have been several situations that Facebook has been a tool of the Holy Spirit in my life and prompted conversation, thought, or pondering within myself and with friends and family from or on Facebook itself. Recently, a friend that I have not had much faith based conversation with mentioned to me that he sees my facebook posts and often wonders how he could find "what I have". I was excited to hear this from him and I quickly identified "what I have" as faith and peace in God! What a great opportunity to speak about the life giving Lord! 

I have heard much criticism and many comments about the "waste of time" and occasionally "awful things" that occurs on Facebook. Just like any other blessing the Lord has given us on this earth, Facebook can be abused and also be a tool of Satan to encourage be a facilitator of sin. However, when God's blessings are used with the good Lord in mind... wonderful and simply miraculous things can happen as well! We need not to be a pastor or teacher to inspire others through the work of the Lord and if living a life with Jesus in mind is exposed through Facebook, then who are we to do anything other than thank the Lord for another opportunity to share his life giving word!

Below is a "thread" from Facebook that occurred when a friend from my high school shared an experience she had with the Lord and one of her friends recently. Her shared story inspired me and many others as you can read below. This is just the beginning of some of the conversation that spread outside of this "post" on Facebook. Keep in mind that this copies rather poorly from Facebook to the blog, but the message and responses are accurate to what occurred that day on Facebook (minus last names).

Facebook status update...

Hannah: I brought a friend to church with me on Sunday, he showed up on my doorstep with tears in his eyes asking me if he could go with me to church because he needed some guidance. Whether he was motivated by the joy I receive from my faith or God opened his heart, all I know is that when the pastor started his sermon I star...ted to cry - God spoke thru my pastor directly to my friend, saying........
October 18 at 8:56am

12 people like this..

Diana: Praying for your friend!
October 18 at 8:58am

Hannah: ‎"Don't focus on the healing, focus on the Healer" Come to me so that I may bless you. I am here for you and all I ask is that you give me thanks and praise, and live your life for me. The sermon goes on and on and it was beautiful. My brot...her was an instrument of the Lord yesterday and it brings tears of joy to my eyes even now. God IS amazing and he loves us all. He spoke DIRECTLY to my friend and he was moved....and so was I. I pray that everyone is able to see the joy and love that God offers, that the veil of sin that covers our eyes...our ears...our hearts is lifted that we may hear and see and feel God's love. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him.
October 18 at 9:01am

Terisa: That's an amazing experience Hannah! Thanks for sharing!
October 18 at 9:02am

Dawn: wow that is great praying for him see it's not just me you help a lot of people i bet!
October 18 at 9:02am

Hannah: I've heard God speak to me through sermons, friends, just life in general... but this day will never be forgotten. My faith grew yesterday. We left church and he said to me "how did God know I was going to be in church???" I said, "He kn...ows everything about you, He KNEW you would go even before you were going to go and he put the words he wanted you to hear in the heart of the Pastor for him to share on this very sunday." Tears streaming from his face - God got through to him. It was amazing. God is amazing. I will pray for him and anyone, and I will say a thanks to God for amazing friends like you guys that pray for those I pray for and encourage me to be strong.
October 18 at 9:08am

Jolynn: What an amazing experience and testimony! Thanks for sharing! Praying for your friend.
October 18 at 9:29am

Hannah: What better way to show God that you love him - just by simply "thanking him"!!! Thanks for all the feedback, it's so encouraging to me! ♥
October 18 at 10:19am

Adam Zastrow: Thanks for sharing! Awesome!
October 18 at 11:54am

Brian: Thank you, Hannah. One can not hear enough of these accounts. I deeply appreciate it.
October 18 at 12:14pm

Mark: Goes to show that even if we are not "preaching" the Gospel, all we do and say preaches it... a great experience for the BOTH of you.
October 18 at 12:31pm

Dana: absolutely wonderful that you were able to witness like that. I have seen so many opportunities to do so myself and from so many unexpected places. When we ask God to strengthen our faith often he does so in ways that use our strengths. You have so many strengths and even though we don't expected to be recognized for showing our faith...I just want to tell you that you are a wonderful light to many and you're not afraid to be one! Thank you.
October 18 at 12:42pm

Joseph: LOVE THIS. Praise Jesus. "In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears."
October 18 at 9:44pm

Amy: Love you Hannah! Thanks for sharing ♥
October 19 at 3:41pm

Renee: What a fantastic story of how wonderful God is and how he uses each of us to spread the joy. Thanks for sharing this story.
October 19 at 4:09pm

Traci: I love this story, Hannah! How uplifting! God is good!
October 19 at 8:39pm

Nathan: I posted this sermon message in my notes on my page.
October 21 at 9:23am

Write a comment....

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful! Sniff sniff-I don't even know who or what, but I have tears of joy too! :)


Feel free to leave a comment!