The Importance of Persevering.

Sharing the Good News with people on the streets of London

Daily Spirit & Word, 627: The Importance Of Persevering:

When Witnessing To Professing Believers In Jesus.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Good morning my friends, it was with great joy we returned from the battle for souls, sharing the Awesome Good News of Jesus on the Streets of West Norwood last night. It is a battle and each encounter leaves you feeling strength has been sapped from you. Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood,  Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

But why were we so filled with the joy of the Lord?

Because we won battle after battle last night.

But before we went out, we really took to heart what God’s Word tells us about our need for Jesus and for His strength and power and presence to be in us.  Zechariah 4:6 “… ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

Out Of The Darkness: Into The Light:

You know something my friends, sharing Jesus enlightens not only those we share with, but also we ourselves. We come face to face with our motives for witnessing, our heart’s desires and our own shortcomings and limitations. It reminds us afresh just how much we need Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in everything we attempt for His glory. We go out in His strength and we come back rejoicing. However, if we were to go in our own strength, in the strength of the flesh, we would have returned with our battle banners trailing in the dirt and our armour stained with blood.

We must go out recognizing our own weakness and lack of ability to do anything unless the Lord goes out with us.

Charles Spurgeon said, “He will only reap that corn, the seed of which was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love.” From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional for 4th November.

Secondly, we were witnesses of what the Lord was doing in the lives of those we shared with. How He had already prepared people’s hearts for the Gospel last night.

The Gospel really does open the eyes of the blind: for many we met last night professed a belief in Jesus almost immediately, but as we continued to witness, through discernment and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we could see quite clearly they’d gotten into ‘religion’ without coming to a true faith and trust in Jesus Christ. So many had attended church, but had stopped short of going the whole way to trust in Jesus for themselves. However, initially, they were so blinded by their own self-assurance that they didn’t seem concerned at all about their own eternal welfare, thankfully the LORD was and He was ready to open their eyes.

As we chatted, we asked this simple question: “Do you think God will allow you into Heaven?” and to some others, “Have you been good enough to get into Heaven?” to which their answers were a resounding “Oh yes!”. When we asked “Why?” We then knew instantly they were not trusting in Jesus for Salvation, but themselves and their own goodness. More than that, they had a standard of goodness that was far below that of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most thought that their own good deeds would far outweigh their bad deeds and that God would look at their whole life and see they were more good than bad. Sadly we could see they had been trusting in a false Gospel, which gave them a false assurance.

It’s a common misconception amongst church going people today, that if they “try their best”, then God will just wave them through into glory in Heaven. How often have we heard on the streets, “I try my best to be good”… Of course we should try our best, but we should never rely or depend upon our own goodness to get into Heaven.

My friends, Satan loves it when people are kept in the darkness about their spiritual condition before a holy and righteous God. Yes God is loving and forgiving, but He’s also just and in His righteousness, He must punish every single sin. Sin has it’s wages and God is so faithful that He must give sin it’s due. If anyone was to appear before Him, trusting in their own goodness, their good works, He would then simply show them their SIN and turn them away from Heaven. (No SINNER can enter into the Kingdom of God).

Helping People SEE their NEED for Jesus:

So Through The Right Use Of God’s LAW: We, with the inward working of the Holy Spirit, bringing the Conscience back to life, in those we witnessed to, we used God’s LAW (Revealed in the Ten Commandments) to show a person their NEED for Jesus.

Romans 3:9-20
9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. (We’ve ALL sinned and fallen short of God’s Glory).
10  As it is written: “There is no-one righteous, not even one; (Nobody is good enough in themselves for Heaven).
11  there is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God. (We can only come to God if He pulls us to Himself).
12  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no-one who does good, not even one.” (Even the best things that we do are tainted by some kinds of selfish motives).
13  “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practise deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14  “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15  “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16  ruin and misery mark their ways,
17  and the way of peace they do not know.”
18  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. (those who are “under the law” are anybody who is yet to trust in Jesus Christ).
20  Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

It’s through the LAW of God: The Ten Commandments, that we become CONSCIOUS of our SIN.

i.e. Our Conscience comes back to life again and we can see sin for what it is: rebellion against God.

Let’s just look and see if that’s true?

  • What do you call a person who commits murder? “A Murderer”. How many murders do they need to commit in their lifetime to become a murderer? Just ONE. It’s the same with every other Commandment of God.
  • If we’ve told just one lie in our life, then we’re liars in God’s sight. He’s declared, “No liar can enter into the Kingdom of God”.
  • If we’ve stolen something, no matter what it’s value in the eyes of the world or who we’ve stolen it from, just one act of stealing makes us into a thief. God has declared, “No thief can enter into the Kingdom of God”…
  • Just one act of disobedience by Adam and Eve brought God’s curse of DEATH upon the whole human race and banishment from the Garden of Eden forever.
  • That’s just a few of the commandments: God sees the sin of lust as adultery. Saying “OMG” as Blasphemy. And we all know that no adulterer or blasphemer can enter into God’s Kingdom don’t we?

Every truly born again believer knows that in and of themselves, they are not good enough for Heaven and never will be or can be. Why? Because a converted and Holy Spirit filled person knows that even ONE SIN will keep a person out of Heaven for all eternity. We know that to enter the Kingdom of God we must be cleansed from all sin and made pure, holy and righteous by Jesus. No amount of “trying our best” can remove past sins.

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

It’s like getting a Tattoo: it’s the indelible ink-stain of sin that cannot be removed by human actions.

Most People: (Who don’t know the LORD) Initially object that this is too black and white. They state, my god is not like that. I believe in a god that forgives sins. (So do we, but there is only ONE WAY that those sins can be forgiven, and it’s NOT by trying harder to be good enough).

However, what they are actually doing is putting their faith in a god of their own making, the Bible calls that idolatry. It breaks the second of God’s Commandments “Not to make an Idol and bow down to it”. Their idol is a god that just winks at sin like an unjust earthly judge who can be bribed. No my friends, God is much more Holy than everybody realises. The God who inspired Holy Scripture said, “NO SINNER CAN ENTER INTO GOD’S KINGDOM” He cannot wink at sin and just allow people into Heaven with sin still upon their souls. God’s punishment for sin is banishment from Heaven to a place that He’s reserved for the Devil and his Demons.

The Good News:

Thankfully, once a person is fully aware of their spiritual condition, they are in the right place then to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

It’s not true, that everyone is aware of how much they’ve sinned. We know that from weekly experience of sharing the Gospel on the streets in London. In fact nearly everyone we meet thinks that deep down they are ‘good enough’ for heaven. It’s only when we take the time with them to gently show them God’s standards of holiness through His Commandments. Those Commands really are like a Schoolmaster who teaches us our need for Jesus cleansing and forgiveness.

Galatians 3:24 (KJV) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

They are then ready for the Good News of Jesus: That God doesn’t want to punish anyone, but that everyone might be saved by Jesus Christ. It’s why Jesus came into the world: God wants everyone to come to REPENTANCE.

1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”

HOW DOES JESUS SAVE SINNERS?

Jesus took the place of every sinner upon the cross. He died in our place. His death sets us free from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

Romans 5:8-9 (Two of my favourite verses in the Bible).
8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Jesus can save anyone from their sins and deliver them from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

But we must do something to be SET FREE from God’s wrath against our sins.

We must TRUST in Christ’s Death & Turn to Him in Repentance and Faith to Receive Him as Lord.

It like coming to this understanding: “Father God, I know now that I’ve broken Your Commandments and I’ve sinned against You, I’m a sinner in Your sight and deserve Your just punishment for my rebellion. I also know that Jesus Christ, Your One and Only Son, died in my place upon the Cross. I now turn to You Lord Jesus and ask for your forgiveness. I confess my sins to You Lord (Name them) and I turn away from all sin in my life (repentance). I receive You Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Please Lord, come into my life and give me the promised New Life. Let me be born again by Your Holy Spirit and become a child of God so that I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He is my Heavenly Father. Amen”

A person must see and understand: (Even a ‘churchgoing’ or ‘religious’ person).

  • A) That they’ve sinned against God.
    B) That they need His forgiveness to enter into Heaven.
    C) No amount of ‘good’ works or deeds can bring that forgiveness.
    D) That Jesus Christ has died upon the Cross in their place, taking their punishment and paying the price of sin.
    E) That they need to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith and receive Him as Lord.
    F) When they do all that, then God will grant them New Life in Christ, New Birth of the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life.
    G) They’ll also be members of God’s Family forever. He will be their Heavenly Father. They will be His children. Saints forever.
    H) Begin to live the new life in Christ: Pray, Worship, Read God’s Word, Gather with Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others who don’t yet know Him as Lord.
    I) The Holy Spirit: Also will give them Heavenly gifts to enable them to serve God as He directs them.

A Christian is SET FREE from Sin:

Romans 6:22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

When you are set free from sin’s ability to control your life, you are set free in Jesus to be like Him: Holy, and this leads to an assurance that you have received the gift of eternal life.

A Christian is DEAD to SIN:

Romans 6:2 “By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

Conclusion:

Last night was so awesome, no wonder we returned with banners flying high (not literally), but full of the JOY of the LORD.

We met a man and a woman last night, who I initially thought were father and daughter, but they’d just, at that moment, met each other after not seeing each other for over 20 years. It was amazing! The woman and man were so thankful after our conversation about the Lord.

She had been trusting in her own way to Heaven. He was a lapsed Roman Catholic who never attended church, but believed he was going to Heaven because he’d been baptised as a baby. We took the time to go through the Commandments with them and what an amazing, eye opening time it was. They both could see and understand their need for Jesus Christ. The woman even after that said, “I’ve got my own beliefs and I’m going to try my best in my own way”. Sherrie said to her “Can I just say something, I want to say this gently and respectfully, but you are trusting in your own way instead of God’s way.” She simply nodded in agreement. She responded, “I don’t think that our meeting up tonight was an accident” and continued to explain they’d not seen each other for over 20 years and how she knew she’d never be able to forget what God had just spoken to her. With warm handshakes they both thanked us so much for taking the time to stop and talk with them about the Lord. Awesome!

Share the Good News, go out in your weakness and He will fill you with His strength and you will return with banners flying high. Who knows, you may even reap some of the seeds that have been sown in their hearts by the Divine hand of Glory.

Don.

BTW: In the past when someone said, “I’m a believer” I would just say, “Praise the Lord”. Now, sometimes, the Lord prompts me to just check to see who it is they are actually trusting in; Jesus or themselves for their Salvation. More often than not these days, the LORD opens up the can of worms, empties them out and fills them with His own LOVE. Because there is ONLY ONE WAY to get into Heaven and that’s through what Jesus Christ has done to make us pure and ready for it.

BTW: Every truly born again believer will not be annoyed that you want to check they are trusting in Jesus, they’ll thank you for it, pray for you and encourage you on your way. Don’t forget to encourage them too, to share Jesus regularly.

 

 

WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO HATE?

hate what is EVIL

Daily Spirit & Word: 611: WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO HATE?

Good morning my friends, we hear a lot about what Christians are to LOVE and How we are expected to LOVE: But we don’t hear very many messages today about what Christians are meant to HATE.

Psalm 97:10 “Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”

What are we to HATE?

Hate Evil: Most of us would say, “Of course, it makes sense to hate evil”, but what exactly is EVIL?

Secular Dictionary: Evil is; NOUN.

1) Morally objectionable behaviour.

2) That which causes harm, destruction or misfortune: {evil wind, evil war, evil thief}

3) The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice.

Adjective: 

1) Morally bad or wrong.

2) Having the nature of vice.

3) Having or exerting a malignant influence.

Biblical Definition of EVIL:

The Bible Declares that EVIL is what is morally wrong, sinful and wicked.

It’s EVIL: to, murder, lie, steal and commit adultery (lust) against our fellow man, to disobey / disrespect our parents, coveting the things in the world that belong to others.

It’s EVIL: to worship anything else but God, to take His Holy name and use it as a swear word (Blasphemy), to not worship Him, to worship man made or created things instead of God {Idolatry}.

Even when we’re being EVIL towards others, we’re actually being EVIL towards God: For it is HE ALONE who sets the STANDARD.

Psalm 51:4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.” (David’s confession after committing murder and adultery).

EVIL: is NOT a thing, it’s not something that God Created, it’s what PEOPLE and the DEVIL do in direct disobedience to God.

EVIL: is that part of our human nature that rejects God, God’s ways, God’s standards and decides to go it’s own way.

Romans 12:9 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Every follower of Jesus HATES it when they fall into sin; why? Because we know that we’ve given into that part of our nature that is sinful (evil).

It’s why the Bible Declares certain Human Actions as Evil and the effects of being an ‘evil’ person will keep us out of Heaven:

Galatians 5:16-21 Acts of The Sinful Nature (EVIL).
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

EVIL ACTS THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Godlessness (EVIL) in the Last Days.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6  They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7  always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

It’s important to KNOW the TRUTH: Why? Because it’s the TRUTH that sets us FREE.

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Knowing what EVIL is will enable you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received from the Lord Jesus.

You can LIVE in FREEDOM.

It is FOR FREEDOM that Christ has set you FREE.

Have an awesome Tuesday with Jesus.

Be filled afresh with His Holy Spirit today.

Don.

 

Go and Share The Good News

Spread the Gospel Supernaturally

Daily Spirit & Word, 498: Go and Share The Good News.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 14. Go and Share The Good News.

Good morning my friends, it’s been a strange start to the week. I’ve been feeling quite tired and in a bit of pain with back ache, however this morning as I was in the garden with the Lord, I believe He wants me to persevere in telling others about Him and about the best news they could ever want to hear. We’ve been following Jesus appearance to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus over the last week, yesterday we saw how they knew it was Jesus when He broke the bread, today, after that revelation, we see those disciples running to spread the greatest news ever delivered, Jesus is Alive.

Luke 24:30-36 30  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
31  Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight.
32  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33  They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
34  and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
35  Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.
36  While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

 

I don’t know when the last time it was that you walked seven miles, but they’d just traveled that distance and as soon as they get their revelation, as soon as their eyes are opened and they recognise Jesus, they’re off, on their way back to Jerusalem again. It’s amazing!

We all know that good news spreads fast. When a baby is born or an engagement or wedding is announced, then the news spreads very fast these days, especially with the advent of social media; Facebook, G+, WhatsApp, etc… I’m constantly amazed what articles or posts that I put up get the most likes. If it’s a picture of my grandchildren, then everybody like it, if it’s a castle I’ve visited, then of Facebook it’ll get a few less likes, but when I spread the GREATEST NEWS that anyone could ever wish to hear, it get only a few likes and spreads very slowly at first. It seems that even devout and devoted Christians are reluctant these days to come out of the closet and let their friends know Just how much they LOVE Jesus. There are of course good reasons for that, but we’ll come onto that later.

However, no such thoughts occupied the minds of those who followed Jesus and their first encounters with the risen Lord. As soon as they got it, they wanted to share it. Like Mary Magdalene who ran to tell the disciples about the empty tomb, then later on about her meeting with the risen Lord. It was natural to want to tell others, those they knew would want to hear this great news, but before they could begin to be obedient to Jesus Great Commandment to Go and tell they whole world, they’d need something besides the resurrection appearances. You see Jesus knew and the disciples eventually knew, they’d need the anointing of the Holy Spirit if they were ever going to sustain their enthusiasm for sharing this Good News, because it’s NOT good news for everyone, but only for those who respond.

The day after I became a Christian, I was sharing this great news with everybody I knew; “I’ve become a Christian” I said with enthusiasm. Some people were happy for me, those that I knew to be Christians were overjoyed, my family and friends were happy for me, but I noted something almost immediately, there was a hint of hatred, a nasty feeling in some of their responses, “Don’t try and convert me though”… One of my best friends, whom I’d known for years, a good old drinking buddy, ridiculed me if front of the whole Submarine Crew. He shouted at the top of his voice as I was walking down the gang-plank towards the Submarine; “Here he comes, the Bible Basher. So you’ve become a Christian Ginge (That’s what they called me in the Navy). I know where you’re going mate and it’s not to Heaven, you’re going to Hell just like the rest of us.” I was totally shocked that my best friend would react in that way, I’d not even told him personally, he must have heard through the grapevine that I’d become a Christian, but here Jack was telling everybody that I’d become a Christian, and already he’d nicknamed me ‘Bible Basher’. I shouted back to Jack, “Yes Jack, I’ve become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, I do believe I’m going to Heaven, but I’m so glad that you believe in Hell, I believe in that too, so your already half-way towards faith and becoming a Christian yourself”… That response got a chuckle and I was immediately thrown into the lions den of personal evangelism.

I’d began to tell everybody about Jesus, at first I was a bit too bombastic, telling everyone indiscriminately, but now the Lord guides me. I get it wrong sometimes and at times there are bad reactions to what I feel is still the best news anybody can ever want to hear, but that’s because most people are still in love with the pleasures of sin and a life of rebellion against the Holy and Righteous Lord, they will not come into the light. The Bible tells us why of course, but at first I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t rush to trust in Jesus upon hearing the Good News.

It was in 1984 that I became a follower of Jesus, since then my passion for sharing the Good News has not died down. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to share the Gospel one-to-one with even complete strangers, preaching about Jesus is now second nature to me, I’ve been given an amazing gift from the Lord to be able to talk with almost anyone about Him. I’ve learned ways to make it less offensive, but I’ve not watered down the message, I still proclaim the two alternative destinations; Heaven or Hell. However, I’ve learned the Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven from Jesus and as I share them with people today, they are not as offended as my first attempts, that’s because I let them preach to themselves, I let their own conscience convict them and the Holy Spirit draw them to faith and trust in Jesus. Oh yes me friends, I go out every day looking and praying for opportunities to go and share the Good News with people. It’s not just the commandment, it’s because I love the Lord and I’m filled with compassion for those who’re headed for Hell.

Luke 24:44-49 44  He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46  He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47  and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48  You are witnesses of these things.
49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

There are many people who’ll say, “I’ve not got the personality for that kind of evangelism”, but did you notice anything in Jesus commandments about personality? Did you see something in Jesus commission that will enable the shy, the awkward, the stumbly-speakers, the nervous and frightened to say to Him, “Lord, send someone else, because You don’t mean me, do You? After all Lord, You know that I’ve not got the personality for that kind of thing.” My friends, once we KNOW Jesus it will not be because He’s commanded us to share, but we’ll automatically do it. We’ll not do it because of our personality though, we’ll do it because we’ve been ‘”clothed with power from on high”. It’s the Supernatural Personality of Jesus that will be in us, the Holy Spirit POWER that will propel and enable us to share. So don’t worry about your shyness, your awkwardness, your lack of knowledge, your lack of ability, because He’s got everything you need and more, just waiting, all you need to do is be filled and empowered and obedient. So many Christians want the experience and fullness of the Spirit, but don’t realise that His fullness is only given for the purposes of building others up in the faith and leading others to faith and trust in Jesus, it’s not just for our own enjoyment of the experience.

Points to Ponder on Day 14 of 40 Days With Jesus.

  • Who in your life need to HEAR about Jesus Great News? Pray consistently for them and ask the Lord to give you opportunities to share with them.
  • Are there events you could bring your friends to in the near future? Ask God to give you boldness and confidence to invite them.
  • One of the best ways to share your faith in Jesus with others is by using a simple picture, such as the bridge illustration. With God on one side and mankind on the other, separated by a great chasm that no one can cross, cause by sin that separates us from God. Then show the Cross of Jesus and how Jesus death upon the cross bridges the gap and makes it possible for people to cross over to God’s side and the gift of eternal life. That bridge illustration has helped me personally lead many people to Jesus. 
  • Another is using God’s Commandments, they’re like Ten Great Cannons in our war against the enemy. When we fire them off he goes into hiding and retreats to his bunker. These are powerful weapons my friends, because God’s given everyone a conscience and they know deep down that ‘they’ve sinned against God’s Holiness on purpose. It’s because of our wilful breaking of His commandments that we’ll be judged by God and sent to Hell, not for any other reason. So we all need to be cleansed of sin. Once we use the Commandments the Cross suddenly makes sense to people, the Good News really is Great News today. So go and share the good news, the GREAT NEWS and ask the Lord to fill you with His compassion for those who don’t yet know Him as Lord or Saviour. Amen.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank You so much for the reality and wonder and joy of the greatest news the world can ever want to hear. I know that there are many people who don’t want to hear the good news, because they are in love with being in charge of their own lives, I’m praying today for everyone I know, who doesn’t know You Lord. Help me to bring the great news to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Please Lord, I’m praying that you’ll open up their hearts and minds and lives to be responsive to the news and set free from Satan’s grip. In Your mighty name I pray Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Tonight

We’re gathering again in St Luke’s Church to open up Week Three of 40 Days With Jesus. Please pray for our gathering and if there is anyone who’d like to come along, you are always welcome. Jesus wants everyone to meet with Him today. 7.00pm in St Luke’s Church. Study begins at 7.30pm. 

40 Days with Jesus: Day 14: Go and Share The Good News.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Ancient Gospel Revealed

Daily Spirit & Word, 465: “I WILL Walk In His Ancient Paths”…

The Ancient GOSPEL: How God Saved Precious Souls.

Are not very different to the ways He’s winning, warning and wooing people today.

Good morning my friends, I love the way that bluebells come back every year and seem to get better and better the longer you leave them in the ground. You know my friends, long before the New Testament was completed our ancient brothers and sisters in the faith used the Old Testament to proclaim the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul was writing to Timothy, he understood the Spiritual nature and value of the Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16-17. Therefore today I’m going to show you that picking up a text from the most ancient of the Old Testament books, the book of Job, which is considered by some to be the oldest, we can see that God used the same ways to lead men to the awareness of their need of a Saviour thousands of years before Christ came and how the LORD provided them with a pathway towards Salvation, New Life and a much closer walk with God.

 Our focus text today is from the book of Job.

  • Job 33:14-33 (ANIV)
  • 14  For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.
  • 15  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,
  • 16  he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
  • 17  to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,
  • 18  to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
  • 19  Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
  • 20  so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
  • 21  His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
  • 22  His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
  • 23  “Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,
  • 24  to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’—
  • 25  then his flesh is renewed like a child’s; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
  • 26  He prays to God and finds favour with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.
  • 27  Then he comes to men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.
  • 28  He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light.’
  • 29  “God does all these things to a man— twice, even three times—
  • 30  to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.
  • 31  “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
  • 32  If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want you to be cleared.
  • 33  But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”

WOWzer! You think you know the story of a book in the Bible, then the Lord opens it up by His Spirit and you suddenly observe new depths. You know the story of Job: How he was viewed by the LORD as a righteous man, then Satan came to test Job and was allowed to do so by the LORD. Satan wanted to see how far he would need to go to make Job curse God, but God knew Job’s heart and allowed the test. Remember Satan tests and tempts us to make us fail and fall from God’s Grace. The Lord, on the other hand, allows testing to come, so that we’ll be encouraged, strengthened and grow towards maturity in the Christian faith. God wants us to succeed and pass every test.

 First: God Speaks: (verse 14).

Some people think that God doesn’t say anything today, but as we’ll see from Job, God’s NOT silent, but uses many different ways to communicate with mankind. Job 33:14  “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.”

And in those ancient days it was the same; sometimes men could hear and sometimes, like today, they are DEAF. Jesus indicated that this was so too; (explaining the ancient prophesy of Isaiah) Matthew 13:13-15 “This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'”

Yes indeed my friends, God speaks today, as He did in ancient times, but there are hard hearts and deaf ears today, just as there were back then.

But their needs were the same then as they are today:

  1. a) They needed Conversion: Verse 14. (Even if they are unaware of it).
  2. b) They needed Repentance: Verse 17. (Pride says in the heart, “I don’t need God”).

Secondly: God Works The Same Way Today: RANSOM

Though men are deaf to God’s voice in Creation, though they may not listen or respond to an evangelist (Messenger), His heart so longs for men to turn in repentance and admit their need of God, that He’ll use the Ancient methods to turn are heart and soul towards Himself.

a) God Does ALL these things to a man: Job 33:29  “God does all these things to a man— twice, even three times—” He’s doing them again and again and again, to AWAKEN men and women to their need of God.

  1. b) God Speaks in their EARS: Job 33:16  “he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,” Remember my friends, The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
  2. c) God PAYS the PRICE for their SINS and Transgressions: Job 33:24  “to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him'”

Kidnappers: When someone gets kidnapped, the kidnappers ask for a RANSOM, it’s the price that needs to be paid to set the captive free.

It’s the same today, God has found the RANSOM, He paid for mankind’s Salvation in the life and blood of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. (WOWzer! Can you see the Gospel in the ancient text today?)…. Jesus Christ has died to set mankind free from Sin, Satan and Death and Hell. This is the very verse that JUMPED out at me as I was reading Job this morning… God doesn’t want anyone to perish and end up going down to the pit of Hell, but everybody to come to repentance, that’s why He’s speaking so much to men and women who will not listen to Him.

 Thirdly: God Wants The Same Thing Today:

God used trouble, hardships, warnings, dreams, visions, revelations, to turn a man from the error of his ways. A life lived without reference to God’s Holy Standards, a life lived without God is a Rebellious state and God wants people to come and confess (admit) their sinfulness, to turn from their wicked ways, be converted, and to receive His Divine pardon and New Life.

Job 33:16  “he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17  to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, 18  to preserve his soul from the pit, ….”

My friends, our Souls are even more precious to God than they are to us. No one would sell one of their eyes for even £100,000 punds would we? Would you? NO of course not, but why do we exchange our eternal souls for a few moments of pleasure in this life today? God wants to SAVE us more than we want to SAVE ourselves.

 Finally: When We’re SAVED by God the REWARDS are the same.

a) The Ransom Price Has Been Paid: Verse 24. Jesus Christ.

b) The Response Required Is The Same: Job 33:27  “Then he comes to men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.” We deserve DEATH & HELL, but God’s GRACE is revealed by the RANSOM price He paid in Jesus Christ.

c) The Reward of LIFE and LIGHT of God’s Glory: Job 33:28  “He redeemed (paid the ransom price) my soul from going down to the pit (Death and Hell), and I shall live to enjoy the light.’

It’s also revealed in our most famous verses from the New Testament: John 3:16-17.

  • John 3:16-17 (ANIV)
  • 16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
  •  Job 33:26  “He prays to God and finds favour with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.”
  •  My friends, when we today HEAR the GOOD NEWS and RESPOND to God’s Voice, we’ll also see the LIGHT. We’ll walk with God for the rest of our lives and for all eternity. We’ll be REDEEMED from the PIT.

God’s Ancient ways ARE the exact same as His way today:

Jeremiah 6:16 (ANIV) “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”

All God’s People today will say, “I WILL walk in His Ancient paths”… Amen!

That fact that the first Believers preached the Gospel from the Ancient Texts of the Bible should be an encouragement to us today, knowing that God’s WORD is the Inspired, Infallible, and Indefatigable WORD of God. Also, God’s Salvation PLAN has always been the same and His Ancient Gospel is Revealed in it’s pages. Praise the Lord! He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever. Amen.

Have an awesome weekend with your GREAT Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Don.

God’s Ancient Gospel Revealed.