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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Taming the Fire
By Denise Trujillo


A blazing fire engulfed me. I had only been a Christian a couple of months, and I had a compulsion to share the gospel with every breathing creature within a one-foot radius. Like a shrieking captain on a sinking ship, I was hurling out life vests to anyone in sight.

One day I conspired a plan. I would go to a neighboring church and share the truth with those that were following a misled religion. I was interested in this church since many of my friends and neighbors attended it. I knew if I could just make my way into this small church, I would be able to warn them that they are following the wrong gospel. I could help them understand the truth of God’s Word.

I walked in and found a seat just four rows from the pulpit. The deacon noticed me. When the service began, he introduced me to the congregation and asked me to stand up. I stood up and felt the blazing fire racing up my body. The fire made its way to my lips. I asked the deacon if I could say a few words. Taken back, he agreed. I began to warn people that their church was not sharing the true gospel. I instructed them that only Jesus Christ could save them and there was no other way. I felt at peace that I was finally able to enlighten everyone there. Stunned, the deacon asked me to explain why I believed what I did. I explained to the deacon and his congregation that the bible says Jesus Christ is our only Savior.

The deacon replied that they did believe in Jesus but not in the same way as I did. He began to quote some scriptures in the bible and then referenced an unknown book. The fire felt like it was now devouring me. I was speechless. I knew what I believed was the truth but, like a child, I did not have the words or the ability to support my reasoning. I walked in there still an infant in Christ and challenged those that were ready for battle. As they held their swords, I still held my bottle.

I was not prepared and it showed. Those in attendance construed my lack of preparation as ignorance. I had inadvertently confirmed the faith of those that I had hoped to enlighten. Frustrated, I grabbed my coat and accelerated down the aisle toward the door. I felt the stares of the parishioners burn holes in my already blazing soul.

I was embarrassed and angry. I was angry with the deacon and I was angry with God. I thought He wanted me to share His word with those that were perishing. I called out to God and heard His spirit speak to me. He helped me realize that I was still a child in Christ and had much to learn before going out to battle. Although I had the basic truths as armor, I needed more if I wanted to engage in the spiritual battle that exists in this world. I needed to grow in my faith, one step at a time. Then, when the time is right, I will be ready to defend my faith.

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LauraLee Shaw01/24/08
Wow, what a humiliating experience that must have been. Illustrates the topic well, however. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 01/24/08
Wonderful, fiery imagery throughout this testimony. Well done!
Beckie Stewart01/25/08
Oh, I so remember that fire in me when I first got saved also. I was not as bold to walk into another church, but I still told people every chance I had that without Jesus they were dying and going to hell. It took some growing up to realize I could give the same message when tempered with love, gentleness, and sensitivity to the Spirit that lives would indeed be saved by His Word.
Cheryl Martin01/25/08
What a great image in the 1st paragraph--the shrieking captain hurling life vests to anyone in sight. Excellent use of words to paint a picture and to portray the passion you felt.
c clemons01/27/08
Good writing, on topic, sorry if a true story that the zeal overtook the Spirit. There is a time to be zealous, but never ahead of God.
Lucile McKenzie01/28/08
Excellent article reminding us that we indeed must crawl before we can walk.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/30/08
Excellent writing, and a good example of our topic this week. I could feel the joy, then the frustration, and in the end the embarrassment and anger. I enjoyed the read and it makes a brilliant point.
Devin Walker01/30/08
Love the first-person action here. Well-written and easy to read.
darlene lopez02/01/08
Congrats! Awesome placing on your first time entering the challenge! Keep writing and continue entering the challenges. Next time you'll place 1st!