The Gospel Will Sell Itself

If you speak it into the ears of the hearer:

…preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. 2 Tim. 4:2 AMP

All followers of Christ are called to be evangelists (Mk. 16:15), to reach the unsaved for the kingdom of God, to rescue them from eternal death. We’re not all summoned by God to be preachers, but evangelism definitely requires some preaching. Not to worry; every time you open your mouth for Christ, you instantly become Holy Spirit-equipped to do so:

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Lk. 12:12 NKJV

“…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” Jn. 14:26 NKJV

What Jesus says to you is found within His gospel. That’s why you want to get that word in your heart. Then Holy Spirit will help you share it.

However, your evangelism (speaking of the promise of the gospel) will fall upon deaf ears unless you give a compelling reason for them to act upon it. They need to see the danger of embracing worldly thinking and behavior. In a compassionate manner, you must present the old ‘fire and brimstone’ message. He or she must feel the danger of the situation that they are in. You must prepare them for hearing the salvation message by getting them to see why they need it. Then, the gospel will sell itself.

Therefore, for you to be properly prepared for the Holy Spirit to use you for this endeavor, you must separate yourself from the world first. And then pray ardently for the Spirit to facilitate your execution of the message as you get ready to deliver it.

What are we trying to do? We are attempting to reposition the hearer to receive their resurrection from sin and death – by inducing a spiritual longing, a yearning for redemption and making them aware that in and of themselves, their own faith won’t cut it.

We must impart the knowledge that only by embracing the gospel, will they get the faith from God that will make their deliverance happen, i.e. that they cannot receive it by any other means or actions of themselves. God is the one doing the saving, through the sacrifice of His Son.

The required efforts of the recipient are to do is his or her best to give up their sins; and they must be shown that the worst possible sin is to rebuke the gospel:

…you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 AMP

The Bible is crystal clear about the path to redemption:

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved…” Acts 16:31 NKJV

So, once you help your hearer really see their present plight, then the gospel can be preached as  you simultaneously assure him or her that it distinctly applies to them – that they will be free of their sins, accepted by God and no longer need to live in fear of death, destruction or the power of the devil.

Moreover, they will now live a life bathed in the love of the Father and the Son through their renewed spirit-connection in their born-again selves.

It would also be good to instill in your new ‘Christian’ some wise wariness, letting them know that there are malevolent spirits in this world that will try to cause them to stumble in their walk to follow Jesus. Teach them that despite their self-recriminations that arise over those slip-ups, God still loves and accepts them and will help them to get up and face another day – as He keeps their unique place awaiting in heaven.

Let them know that the moment they received Christ, they were transformed by the Holy Spirit into their heavenly life now. Even so, they must now be acutely aware of the forces in this world that would darken their soul once more, so that they must strengthen themselves by living as Christ did, to the best of their ability.

Anyone who approaches you asking questions about salvation already has God working inside of them. God’s talking to you through them at that point, saying, “I’m sending you another one. You can do this. The gospel will sell itself.”

We also lovingly help our hearer see their wretchedness, and then we open their eyes to the mercy of God – where punishment is a thing of the past.

Fire and brimstone message? God only warns of hell to implore His children to come to heaven. We must preach as long as they will be willing to hear – patiently until they either get it or reject it. The result falls into the space of the hearer’s free will. But at least you can open the door…

Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Life?

What He says about your life is essentially what we have been exploring these past eleven months. Because I cannot know for sure when each individual has come on board to read these messages and because the messages are so vital for connecting with God, living our highest and best life and guaranteeing our eternal place in God’s love, I’m presenting a condensed recap:

We began looking at the urgency of reaching for our salvation and then helping others do likewise. The urgency presents itself in our mortality. You will either physically die or Christ will first show up in His ‘second coming’ to harvest the children of God. Either way, you must choose Christ for your salvation before one of these events occurs because there will be no second chance. And because you do not know the date and time when either of these events take place, there is not a moment to waste… (Eccl. 9:12; Mt. 24:2)

Next, we considered why we’d want to have God in our lives in the first place and we listened as God told us:

God has a plan. You are a part of that plan. (Gn. 1:27, 28 & 31; 15:1 & 28:15; Ex. 15:13 & 23:26; Lv. 26:9; Dt. 7:6.) Your part is unique to you and integral to God’s plan.

He looks after you in every area of your life and does so with the utmost love and care. (Ex. 15:26 & 33:14; Lv. 26:6 & 13; Dt. 1:29 – 31; 31:8 & 33:3; 1 Sam. 14:6.)

Our Father created us to be the greatest of all His creations and to enjoy, care and have dominion over the other created things. Yes, Adam and Eve pulled us down temporarily on God’s hierarchy but He redeemed us with the crown of Christ. (Mt. 18:11 & 20:28; Jn. 3:16, 17.)

God is our eternal beacon, always there to show us the best path to take; and He surrounds us with angels to watch over our every step and He never breaks His promises. (Dt. 33:12; Judges 2:1; Lam. 3:22, 23; Job 10:12 & 31:4; Ps. 32:8 & 91:11.)

He listens to you. He comes to your aid without fail, restores you and He showers you with goodness from here to eternity. (2 Chr. 30:9; Ps. 49:15 & 56:13; Pr. 23:18; Is. 43:1 – 3 & 46:3, 4.)

Finally, nothing can keep God from delivering His love to you – unless you reject it. (Rom. 8:38,39 & 11:29.)

What’s not to love?

We also examined how God created your perfect home (with spiritual building blocks). (Heb. 11:3) He created a world that would nurture and sustain you and He put you in charge of taking care of it. (Gn. 1:26 & 2:15.)

You were made in the spiritual image of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Immediately afterwards, He blessed you and perpetuated those blessings through Christ. (Gn. 1:28; Gal. 3:13, 14.) For you to be available to receive your blessings, you must be faith-filled and obedient to God’s word. (Dt. 11:26 – 28; James 1:25.) These blessings are both physical and spiritual, for both now and eternity. All He asks is for a little show of gratitude and for you to share your new abundance. ( Dt. 28: 3 – 8 & 11; Eph. 1:3.)

We had a good look at our humanness and how (out of our weakness) we commit sins against God. (1 Kin. 8:46) Sin is what we do, it is not who we are. (Gal. 5:19 – 21.) Yet sin brings with it devastating consequences that can lead to death unless they are dealt with and it affects God, the perpetrator and those around him or her. (Pr. 14:21; 1 Cor. 8:12; 1 Th. 4:7, 8; 1 Jn. 3:8.) In fact, it separates us from God. (Is. 59:2)

Thankfully, God gave us rules to live by so that we would know what not to transgress. He also left paths for us to both overcome them and receive forgiveness when we do. (2 Chr. 7:14; Jer. 31:33; Ezek. 18:29 – 32; Mic. 6:8; Mt. 22:37 – 40; Gal. 5:22, 23.) And the path for forgiveness always involves confession of the misdeed and repentance of same, (Ps. 32:5; Pr. 28:13; Is. 1:18.) and it requires the blood of Jesus. (Rom. 6:10; Eph. 2:1, 2, 4, 5; Heb. 9:22; 1 Jn. 5 & 7.) Then forgiveness is guaranteed. (Ps. 103:10, 11; Is. 43:25.)

Then we checked out all the ways God stays related to us. The best news is that He is accessible! (Rv. 3:20) That accessibility is through Christ by our faith. (2 Cor. 5:7; 1 Jn. 4:15.)

We were chosen for this special relationship and God stays by our side when we enter into it. (Ps. 121:7, 8; Hos. 13:14; 2 Th. 2:13). This relationship also includes our Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the angels of God. (Ps. 91:11; Mt. 28;20; Lk. 17:21; Jn. 10:27, 28; 14:16, 27.)

Another benefit of our relationship with God is having access to His healing – both physical and spiritual. (Ex. 15:26; Ps. 103:2, 3 & 107:20; Is. 30:36; Jer. 3:22.) And like every gift from God, you must have faith to have it manifest. (Mt. 9:29).

Next, we spent a great deal of time looking at the (godly) characteristics that our Father asks us to possess and exhibit. First we looked at how God wants us to give. We must recognize that all our gifts (including our characteristics) come from God. (1 Cor. 7:7; James 1:17; 1 Pt. 4:10.)

He wants us to hold all of our gifts in ‘open hands’ so that we may freely pass them on to others and at the same time be ready to receive the next blessing. (Dt. 26:12, 12; Pr. 11:25 & 18:16; Mt. 5:42Acts 20:35; 2 Cor. 9;6, 7; Heb. 13:15, 16.)

Jehovah also wants you to apply the same principles to your money. After all, your money (wealth) comes from God. (Dt. 8:18; 1 Chr. 29:12; Eccl. 3:13; 2 Cor. 3:5.) The quantity of your money is not something to worry about. If you are being a good steward of it, both physically and spiritually, God will not let you run out of it. (Job 36:11; Mt. 6:31 – 33 & 21:22; Lk. 6:35; Phil. 4:19; Heb. 13:5.)

We just want to be sure that we don’t get hooked on our money – idolizing it and / or becoming miserly. (Ps. 62:10; Pr. 11:28; Mt. 19:24; Mk. 4:19; Lk. 16:13; 1 Tim. 6:9.) If that happens, our money separates us from God. Instead, we need to keep our focus on the abundance of our almighty God and of His most precious gift of all – our salvation. (Mt. 6:19, 20; 1 Pt. 1:18, 19.)

Let’s see so far. God blesses you with abundance, saves your soul from death, grants you an eternal home with Him through that same salvation through Christ, heals you and takes care of your every need – all of which He performs with love. What does He want from you? Gratitude.

He blesses you every day when you have faith in Him and love Him by obeying His word. (Ps. 1:1 – 3; 16:5 & 11, 6; 37:4; 63:7; 118:24; 145:20; 1 Chr. 16:8 – 10; Is. 61:10; Jer. 3:41, 42; Jn. 16:24; 2 Cor. 4:15; Phil. 4:6; 1 Jn. 4:19, 10 & 19.)

God loves your gratitude; and being thankful is a small price to pay in exchange for a full and satisfying life with a promise of an eternal abundance lived in the presence of your loving Creator. And you know, all that gratitude is going to rub off…

To be continued.
Good night and God bless.