Christ’s Foot Soldiers – part 6

So far in this series, we have discussed how to deliver the gospel, what to convey in that delivery, and have handled some of the objections that those we would evangelize to, may toss our way. Let’s press forward in ways to handle three other concerns of those whom we would lead to salvation, as we bring this series to a close:

4. ‘I believe that when you’re dead, that’s it.’

‘The question of whether there is life after death has been pondered since the beginning of humankind. Fortunately, God has richly revealed the true nature of His eternal disposition of the dead. The first thing to get a hold of, is that everyone is resurrected:’

…the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Eccl. 12:7 CSB

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake (resurrect), these to everlasting life, but some to disgrace and everlasting contempt (abhorrence). Dn. 12:2 AMP

“…for a time is coming when all those who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and they will come out – those who did good things [will come out] to a resurrection of [new] life, but those who did evil things [will come out] to a resurrection of judgment [that is, to be sentenced].” Jn. 5:28, 29. AMP

‘As we can see, there are only two paths for God’s eternal disposition of resurrected humankind – heaven or hell. The good news is, that you have complete control over which way God renders His sentence.

You can ignore God’s directions for how to live your life, which is living in a form of disobedience (i.e. to commit unrepentant sin). Consequently, as you’ve just seen, you will live out an eternity in God’s contempt, sentenced to exist in His absence, in hell, without love nor any chance of redemption through Christ. Not a good place to be:’

‘Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”’ Mt. 25:41 NKJV

“…to be cast into hell fire – ‘Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’” Mk. 9:47, 48. NKJV

‘There is no way to dress up the final destination of the devil and his followers. And be certain of this, you are either following God or chasing after Satan. There is no in-between.

So, you could instead make the choice to walk in God’s instruction, most importantly the part about accepting His Son, Jesus Christ as your Savior, so that all the times that you have slipped up, are slipping up, and the times that you will slip up, will not incur the penalty of being eternally marooned as a tormented soul:’

“…through His name everyone who believes in Him [whoever trusts in and relies on Him, accepting Him as Savior and Messiah] receives forgiveness of sins.” Acts 10:43 AMP

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life…” Jn. 3:36 ESV

‘Eternal ‘life’ is a heavenly life. Yes, there is a heaven:’

…the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed… Dn. 2:44 NKJV

‘The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is the same as the ‘kingdom of God’ – a kingdom only open to those who accept Christ. It is a spiritual / inner kingdom on this earth where God’s children dedicate themselves to forward that same kingdom, by filling its ranks.

Yet, it is also a kingdom that we aspire to spend eternity in, in its final manifestation:’

For the outward form of this world [its present social and material nature] is passing away. 1 Cor. 7:31 AMP

…the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Eccl. 7:1 NASB

For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Pr. 23:18 NKJV

‘Jesus Himself prepares a place in heaven for every child of God:’

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” Jn. 14:2 NASB

‘At the end of time, there will be great havoc and wars; yet God will separate His children, (those cleansed by the salvation blood of Christ), from the lawless, and deliver them from the final destruction of earth into His blessed presence. And they shall be transformed:’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. Is. 35:5, 6. NKJV

‘Wrapped with new immortal, indestructible bodies:’

It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NASB

‘We will be living LARGE in our heavenly home forever:’

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth…the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people…And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rv. 21:1 – 4. NKJV

5. ‘Why does a good God allow such injustice, cruelty and suffering?’

‘God did not plan for a world with these conditions. The world He created was a paradise:’

And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing…” Gn. 1:28 AMP

The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food… Gn. 2:8 NASB

‘Everything was gifted to Adam and Eve. God also gifted them (and us) with free will. He did that so that they might love Him, because conscripted love is not love. Unfortunately, they used that free will to choose to rebel against God’s authority. Because of Adam’s sin, (the taint of which is carried through all generations), we all die – as God had told them would happen if they made that choice. Thus, the problem is not God, (He’s just being true to His word), it is humankind.

God does not plan anything evil:’

“It is impossible for God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly.” Job 34:10 CSB

‘All we had to do was follow God’s instructions:’

“If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations. Lv. 25:18 NLT

‘Why? Because God loves us:’

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Pt. 5:7 NLT

‘God’s hands are tied when we turn our backs on Him, because God will not violate our free will. Therefore, we are left to experience what we bring upon ourselves.

Yet God is loving and merciful as well. He sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden, having atoned for their sins (with respect to its immediate effects upon them), onto a new path for redemption.

However, within ten generations later, humankind rebelled against God again, this time on a global scale. Again, God would not violate their free will to wantonly violate His commands. He left them to their own designs, which ultimately resulted in a sentence of death.

There was only one family of eight people that was following God, led by Noah; which was fortunate for us, because again we behold God’s mercy, when He uses them to give humans a do-over by repopulating the earth from their seed. (Gn. Ch.6 – 10.)

Many generations later, in spite of many human-induced bumps along the way, God preserved His people, creating a seed-bed that would bless all generations all over the world. (Gn. 22:17, 18). He sent them a mighty prophet, Moses, who would lead His children into the Promised Land. Moses spoke for God, who gave him the Ten Commandments to teach the people. Thus, there could be no further confusion regarding how they were to live their lives, nor any excuse for being in violation of them.

Once again, the people rebelled. (Ex. Ch. 32; Dt. 9:24.) Subsequently, an entire generation was denied access to the Promised Land; but God’s mercy never wanes. Their children were given admission.

They too rebelled, over and over. God sent them more prophets to try to turn them back to His ways, and to inform them of the price to pay, if they didn’t. They propped up human kings, trying to usurp His authority. The people practiced pagan rites, including the killing of their own children. For these things, God gave them over to their circumstances – allowing them to be conquered and enslaved. Yet, after a time, He brought His people home.

Still, the rebellion never ceased. The people favored the voice of Satan, (the author of their rebellion), over their Creator. (By the way, the devil was not created to be evil; he chose to be that way). People don’t realize that the enemy hates them:’

And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rv. 12:9 AMP

…the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor. 4:3, 4. AMP

‘God has never wavered in His purpose: to wipe out evil and restore the earth to the paradise it was before the wayward people corrupted it, and to fill it with those who love Him for eternity:’

“Now judgment is upon this world [the sentence is being passed]. Now the rule of this world (Satan) will be cast out.” Jn. 12:31 AMP

“…the God of the heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed…” Dn. 2:44 CSB

“…for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure…” Is. 46:9, 10. NASB

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them…” Rv. 21:3 NASB

‘Even now, with the majority of the world still resisting God, denying Him and defying His commandments, He sent a final doorway, an entrance into heaven – His Son, Jesus Christ. Our part is to confess our sinful state, repent to the best of our ability, accept Jesus in our heart, and make Him Lord over our lives. Then, and only then, will our slates be wiped clean:’

“I am the [only] Way [to God’ and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jn. 14:6 AMP

‘So, is God an unfair God? Hardly…’

The righteous will inherit the land, and dwell in it forever. Ps. 37:29 NKJV

…according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Pt. 3:13 NKJV

6. ‘Christians don’t act any better than non-believers.’

‘Many times, that is unfortunately the case. We all must battle our sin nature, and often, everyone will lose some of those skirmishes:’

…for there is no one who does not sin… 1 Kn. 8:46 CSB

‘Yet, a Christian is acutely aware when they sin, through the conviction of Christ, who mercifully leads them back to Him for confession and repentance. Christ went to the cross so that we might receive His forgiveness for our sins, and be given the grace to avoid an eternity of condemnation:’

We know [with confidence] that anyone born of God does not habitually sin; but He (Jesus) who was born of God [carefully] keeps and protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 1 Jn. 5:18 AMP

‘It’s a matter of living in God’s grace, doing the best that we can, and Christ will make up the difference.

The important thing to realize, is not to throw that first stone, because we all have to answer to God for our own behavior:’

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore… Rm. 14:12 NKJV

This to my dear readers: I hope that you feel better-equipped to share the gospel. What a privilege it is, to contribute to the human soul, through serving the living, loving God…

Goodnight and God bless.

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How Do You Tell Others About the Good News from God?

First, you have to ask them if you can share it with them. 

You may come up against objections. They might reply with, ‘I don’t believe in that stuff.’ 

You’ll never get anywhere if you make them wrong. Instead, you could simply say, ‘Got it. Would you like to tell me your thoughts about how we got here and what happens when we die?” Somewhere in their response, will be an opening.

You could say, ‘I’ve heard that said before as well. For me, I found out a different way of looking at life and how you can get more of it, or, what may cause you to lose it. Would you like to hear about that?’ 

If they adamantly refuse, they’re too attached to this world and the little ‘god’ that corrupts it. Walk away and tell yourself, ‘Next!’ 

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Mt. 7:6 NLT

They might say that they have had a bad experience – either in a church, or having been targeted by some so-called ‘Christian,’ who made them wrong for their beliefs. 

You might reply with, ‘I’m really sorry you had to suffer that experience. Unfortunately, some people mess up. That was certainly not in line with the true Christian approach. May I quickly share what that is and how it has changed my life?’

Okay, you’ve got your foot in the door. Let me offer you one path of evangelism:

‘I’ll bet you are similar to all of us on this planet, in that we all want to know the answers to the big mysteries of life. That is because God put an innate hunger in our hearts to seek out our Creator, how He does things, and what He has in mind for us:’

“I will imprint My laws upon their minds [even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding], and engrave them upon their hearts [effecting their regeneration. And I will be there God, and they shall be My people.” Heb. 8:10 AMP

‘God’s words constitute His ‘laws,’ which are found in the Bible. He gave these to 40 different people, from all walks of life, in three different languages, from three different continents – over a period of 1500 years.

He sent this knowledge by way of His Spirit, which tells us how to have the greatest life possible, and one without end. And in reading HIs word, we come to know Him and His Son – Jesus. 

The Bible’s historical accuracy has been proven archeologically; and unlike other religious writings, it presents God’s prophecies about future events, that actually came to pass. Also, many scientific facts are presented within it – long before their human discovery. 

It is, in reality, a love letter from God to all of His children – His ‘Good News.’ That good news is that God loves us, He created all of the goodness on this earth so that could have a great life. He planned it in such a way that you can have that best life when you learn from Him how to live it.’

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Is. 55:9 NASB

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 AMP

‘This God we are talking about, is too vast to describe with a name. In fact, He refers to Himself as ‘I Am,’ because He is all-encompassing and indescribable. The original Hebrew has been anglicized to two different names: Yahweh or Jehovah.

God is eternal, and He designed the entire universe and all that is in it. Then He spoke it into existence through Jesus, who is referred to as the ‘Word of God.’ Jesus was created by God before time, from Himself as a Spirit-being – exactly like His Father, and unified with Him in every way.

God loves us and all He wants from us is to love Him back, which we do, when we live by His ways. God’s ways for living our best life, which also glorifies Him, can be boiled down to two commands:’

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’” Mt. 22:37 – 39. AMP

‘Think about it. If we follow those instructions, we’d have a love-filled life and world. They constitute our most holy moral compass.

That’s exactly what God wanted from Adam and Eve when He created them. Unfortunately, they listened to the lies of a corrupt angel, who convinced them that they too could be gods. So, they disobeyed God (which is called a ‘sin’), and their souls (personalities) became corrupt; and the seeds of that corruption have been passed down to every succeeding generation.

This is why we have a fallen world with so much evil and suffering and death. There was never supposed to be death, but it is a price that we pay for our sin; and we all sin. God does not allow evil to exist – we generate it when we rebel against Him. God is allowing this phase of time to proceed, to show all generations of peoples that we, by ourselves, cannot attain the perfect, pure and holy goodness that He originally created us with.

Yet God loves us with an undying love:’

‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back (change your way of thinking), turn back [in repentance] from your evil ways! For why should you die…? Ezek. 33:11 AMP

‘Yet thousands of years have proven that we are unable to do this on our own. So, God in His infinite compassion, sent His Spirit-Son to the womb of the virgin Mary, to become Jesus Christ the Messiah, (also called the Son of Man), to reveal God in human form. He is the only human ever to live a sinless life. He spoke for God, taught us all about His Father, set a perfect example for how to live by God’s will, and most importantly, gave His life for all of humanity throughout the ages – giving HIs blood to cleanse us from our sins.’ 

“…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].” Mt. 20:28 AMP

‘That penalty, as we’ve already seen, is death. And Jesus is the only way to be free of it:’

“I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jn. `14:6 AMP

“Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced]…” Jn. 3:18 AMP

‘What we are being told is that if we have faith in Christ, in who He is and what He’s done, and do our best to walk in His ways, all our sins are forgiven. Why is that important? Well, as you can also see, there is coming a ‘great sifting’ – which will occur at the end of time.

Three days after Jesus died on the cross, He was resurrected from the dead; and 40 days after that, He ascended to Heaven to reunite with His Father. But, He’s coming back!

When He does, He will separate those who did their best to obey God and kept their faith in Christ, from those who chose not to:’

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of HIs glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection].” Mt. 25:31 – 33. AMP 

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons)…” Mt. 25:34 & 41. AMP

“Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal [unending] punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by HIs remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.” Mt. 25:46 AMP

‘Obviously, it seriously behooves us to be on the side of Jesus. But here’s the urgent caveat: unless you accept Christ either before He returns, or you die, (nether of, you have any knowledge of the time), whichever comes first, you have lost your ticket to heaven. 

So, I’m standing for your salvation and I am offering you the chance in this moment to allow me to pray with you, so that Christ can enter your life and we can be children of God together for eternity…’

As I said in the beginning, this is just one way – just saying. And you know, we are all called by Jesus Himself to do this. (Mt. 28:19)

Goodnight and God bless. 

What Are Your New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions – part 3

In the first 2 parts of this 3-part series, we examined how we could implement ‘spiritual resolutions,’ i.e. steps that we can take to start each day in a deeper relationship with God; and Christ and in so doing, being more effective at our part in advancing the kingdom of God. We covered the first 5 steps in detail:

 1. Positioning ourselves for both receiving and sharing God’s blessings.

 2. Minimizing sin in our lives and helping others do the same.

 3. Giving of ourselves by sharing our innate gifts from God.

 4. Showing God our attitude of gratitude.

 5. Starting our day free from the judgment of ourselves and others.

 Let’s finish our preparation with the final 3 steps:

 Every aspect of our lives is lived out in the context of relationships – with God, Jesus, ourselves and everyone around us.

 Our first parents (Adam and Eve), began in relationship with God and in a marital relationship with each other. Now let’s look how God would have us relate on a godly level to other people – leading us to our sixth spiritual resolution: Nurturing relationships, beginning with how we should relate to our parents:

 “Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and mother, so that you days may be prolonged in the land the LORD your God gives you.” Ex. 20:12 AMP

 This is so important to God that He made it one of the Ten Commandments. Whoever they are, you can be thankful that God used them to bring you aboard His plan. Even if they themselves weren’t the best of parents, you can be a better child, doing your best to love and care for them as best as you can, and thank God for who He meant them to be.

 What about the parents’ relationship toward their children? First, let’s put it in proper perspective:

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Ps. 127:3 NASB

 Being mindful of that, we do our best to nurture them and bring them into the kingdom fold:

 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4 AMP

 The highest form of human-to-human relationship is marital. What does God say about that? He says that they are equal, yet interdependent:

 …there is neither male nor female; of you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus… Gal. 3:28 AMP

 …in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman… 1 Cor. 11:11 ESV

 And this relationship is supposed to stand the test of time:

 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mk. 10:7 – 9. ESV

 Finally, their love and respect for each other should be limitless:

Wives, be subject to your husbands [out of respect for their position as protector, and their accountability to God], as is proper and fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives [with an affectionate, sympathetic, selfless love that always seeks the best for them]… Col. 3:18, 19. AMP

 All other relationships should be sought after in the context of friendship. Jesus told us to love our enemies. (Mt. 5:43 – 48.) If we are doing that, we would have no enemies, only friends.

 Friends are important. No one is totally self-sufficient, self-nurturing. God wants us to have friends so that He has an additional avenue with which to love us through. Friends encourage, exhort and love one another, and hold each other accountable for their godliness – without judgment. (Eccl. 4:9 – 12; Pr. 17:7; 27:9 & 17; James 4:11, 12.)

 If we want friends in our lives however, we must become one who attracts friendship:

 A man who has friends must himself be friendly… Pr. 18:24 NKJV

 All in all then, in this sixth spiritual resolution, we would want to consider at the beginning of each day, how we can nurture our parent-to-child, child-to-parent, spousal and friend relationships to grow that garden of love God has given us to tend, and to be ministered by, in return. How can we love them more so that they get it, to cheer them on and help facilitate the attainment of their goals, and enrich their experience on this earth? Be assured that God will highly enrich your life for doing so…

 Our seventh spiritual resolution is to get to know Christ better – who He is, by what the prophets said about Him, what He said about Himself and in examining His actions, relayed to us through the apostles.

 Out of that, we can own that Jesus existed with Jehovah God, part of God, at least as far back as to the creation of the universe – of which, was created by God through His Son. And we know that if we listen to, and watch Christ, we are looking at the essence of God in the form of man, who came to the earth so that we could touch and love them both in the flesh:

 He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], He is the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and originator] of all creation. Col. 1:15 AMP

 The Spirit of Christ rode the Holy Spirit to the virgin womb of Mary, to become the only God-man, who was then untainted by the original sin of Adam. And as He grew to His full human stature, He brought forth miracles and spoke His Father’s gospel message of salvation to save humankind from themselves – freeing them from their sins by His sacrifice upon the cross. Simultaneously, Jesus is keeping your world in place until God transforms it for your eternity:

 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down on at the right hand of the Majesty on high… Heb. 1:3 ESV

 Jesus came for the redemption of the entire world, not just for the Jews:

 “And now the LORD says, who formed Me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (for I shall be glorified in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength), indeed He says, ‘Is it too small a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ “ Is. 49;5, 6. NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jn. 3:16 NKJV

Most importantly, Christ is the only way to be reconciled with God for all of eternity;

 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Jn. 14:7 NLT

 The gospel sets us free:

 “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Jn. 8:51 NKJV

 How? Because He’s coming back for us!

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. NKJV

 We know that at the end of time, Christ will be victorious over Satan and evil will be abolished for all time.

 Armed with all of this knowledge in faith, which we resolve to remind ourselves of by dipping in the word on a daily basis, staying in prayer, and scheduling time with other believers, we can live a life of joy, peace and strength, in love as an ambassador of Christ…

Our eighth and final spiritual resolution is to make it a point to contact one person a day with the gospel message, which the first seven resolutions prepare us to do. All of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, receive the same marching orders:

 “All authority [all power of absolute rule] in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, [help the people learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:18 – 20. AMP

 If we are to love God and love one another, (Jn. 13:34; 15:12 & 17.), which is the foundation of our spiritual walk, then aren’t we duty-bound to share the opportunity for salvation with others – to keep our potential brothers and sisters in Christ from eternally perishing? Indeed, we are to tell it with boldness:

 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of men your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Ps. 145:11 – 13. ESV

 “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Mt. 10:27 NASB

 This is not an option; it is our commission:

 …He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us… 2 Cor. 5:19 – 20. NASB

 “…I have made you a watchman…Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Bur if you warn the wicked one to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.” Ezek. 33:7 – 9. ESV

 Not to worry if you’re willing to do so, because God equips you for it:

 ‘…do not worry about how or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given you that [very] hour; for it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.’ Mt. 10:19, 20. AMP

Your mission is a blessed and holy one, a matter of life or death to the hearer – a message we have the God-given privilege to bring, that opens the way for the heavenly journey of their spirit.

Make it an evolving conversation, like you’re trying to learn more about a new friend. Ask them what’s going on in their lives. Offer wisdom and compassion. Ask them about their purpose in life, where they think we come from, and where do we go when we die. This allows you to meet them where they’re at, in their perceived world. It generates understanding:

 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ…When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 1 Cor. 9:19 – 21, NLT

Then, tell them the Good News and what that has meant in your life, and offer to lead them to Christ. What they do with that is up to them…

 Well, if you’ve read the this and the previous 2 posts, I am confident in the Lord that if you make these 8 steps a part of the start of every day, (and I suspect you could do them in 15 minutes or less), your walk with God will be superlative. Furthermore, I think your New Year’s ‘spiritual resolutions’ will nurture you the rest of your life…

 

 Goodnight and God bless