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It's Time To Spread The Good News

Spread The Good News

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 23, the final installment of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 22, "Stay Focused: Avoid Theological Debates".

WHEN do we evangelize?

1. Anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere.

2. Start today!

For the past few months, we have answered the questions of why do we evangelize, why don’t we evangelize?, and how do we evangelize? I pray that this blog series has shed some light on the Dos , Don'ts, and How’s of evangelism in light of the scriptures. If you need a review of this complete blog series, you can access all 22 of the previous installments of this Evangelism series.

We will now address the final question of when do we evangelize? The answer is Anytime, All the time, Anywhere, and Everywhere! The scripture is clear that now is the day of salvation and there are people who need Christ all over the earth. No matter how we feel or where we are, we must be sensitive to what the Lord wants to do. He is full of compassion and desires that every lost soul comes to a saving knowledge of Him.

Proverbs 19:21(NIV) -“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Evangelize anytime & all the time!

Hebrews 3:15(NLT) – “Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your heart as Israel did when they rebelled.”

Matthew 9:35-38(NLT) - "Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to His disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.”

In obedience to the request of Jesus, we are to pray to God to send out more laborers into the field to bring in the harvest. At the same time, YOU and I are the answer to this prayer. Do not ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News and labor in the field.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) - “For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

Isaiah 55:6 (NLT) – “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while He is near.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) - “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

The world is full of distractions that keep us preoccupied with empty pursuits. The human race is so busy fulfilling his lust of the eyes, flesh, and pride of life (1 John 2:16) No one knows what tomorrow holds. People are dying every day without coming to a saving knowledge of the love of Christ. We must make every effort to spread The Gospel and fulfill The Great Commission. Another day on earth isn’t guaranteed to anyone. All we have is this moment... the here and now.

Case Study 1 - Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:16-19(NLT) – “Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry! “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Proverbs 27:1 (NASB) – “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

James 4:13-15(NLT) – “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

Evangelize anywhere & everywhere!

Case Study 2 – Paul’s Ministry Journey

Acts 16:25-31(NKJV) – “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Acts 27:20-25 (NKJV) – “Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”

2 Corinthians 11:23-30 (NKJV) – “Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.”

Paul’s life provides an array of examples of ministering the gospel anywhere and everywhere. Throughout his life, He chose to evangelize in every place he went, often under horrendous circumstances. He never allowed his environment to deter him from spreading The Gospel. He chose to always boast in Christ! Paul and Silas praised God even while in prison and as a result, the jailer and his family accepted Christ.

The Lord has called us ALL to fulfill The Great Commission! Jesus is coming soon for His bride and we all need to be ready. Let’s be faithful laborers and evangelize all the time and everywhere.

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Share YOUR Testimony!

Share YOUR Testimony!

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 21 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 20, "How Do We Evangelize? - Be Relevant: Connect With People Where They Are".

The sixth practical key to evangelism is; "Be personal: Share YOUR testimony."

Revelation 12:11(KJV): “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Your personal testimony of what the Lord has done is more powerful than engaging in a theological debate. No one can argue with you about the lifestyle change and heart transformation you experienced when Jesus encountered you. Who can argue about what your eyes saw, your ears heard, or your heart felt when you met Jesus? No one can argue with the word of your testimony concerning His blood and what His blood has done in your life! Sharing YOUR testimony is one of the most powerful tools you have when evangelizing to the lost.

Let’s look at six biblical accounts when individuals shared personal testimonies about Jesus Christ.

1)Paul’s Testimony: Paul shared his personal testimony of life before and after encountering Christ.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (AMP) – “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trustworthy, putting me into service [for this ministry], even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shameful and outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realized] in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example or pattern for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King of the ages [eternal], immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

2)The Samaritan Woman’s Testimony: Jesus’ knowledge of her life story caused her to evangelize. Her encounter with Jesus compelled her to run into town, testify of Christ and lead many to Him.

John 4:28-30(NIV) – “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.”

John 4:38 (NIV) – “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

3)The Blind Man’s Testimony: His testimony was undeniably supported by his healing. No one could argue with his testimony of receiving sight after his personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

John 9:6-7 (NLT) – “…Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!” His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

John 9:10-11 (NLT) – “They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!” “Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied .Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

John 9:24 -25 (NLT) – “So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

4)John The Baptist’s Testimony: John was a "forerunner voice" preparing the way for the coming Messiah. He witnessed the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and resting on Jesus. His testimony about the Lamb of God caused many to follow Jesus including two of his very own disciples. Concerning John, Jesus declared "I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist..." (Matt. 11:11) What a powerful endorsement from the Lord! 🙂

John 1:23 (NLT) - "John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, Clear the way for the LORD's coming!"
John 1:29-37 (NLT) - “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel .”Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God. ”The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.”

5)Andrew’s Testimony: Andrew went and testified to his brother Simon about the Messiah. His testimony resulted in Simon meeting Jesus and being named Apostle Peter.

John 1:40-42 (NLT) – “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”. Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter).”

6)Men Walking To Emmaus Testimony: The men testified about their hearts burning within them as Jesus spoke to them and explained the scriptures to them after His resurrection.

Luke 24:28-34 (NLT) - “By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if He were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So He went home with them. As they sat down to eat, He took the bread and blessed it. Then He broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And at that moment He disappeared!” They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Remember, no one can argue with you about what the Lord has personally done in your life. Only you know the whole story of what Jesus has done in your life! So, be personal and share YOUR testimony. The enemy would like to keep you silent because he knows that your testimony could effectively lead others to Christ. Don’t keep silent! Start testifying about how the Blood of Jesus has changed YOUR life!

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How Do We Evangelize? - Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 19 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 18, "How Do We Evangelize? - Be Concise: Know the Gospel And Keep it Simple.".

The fourth practical key to effective evangelism is “Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God”. The phrase Sola Scriptura is Latin and holds the meaning that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. In essence for the Christian, the Bible is complete in itself, true and authoritative in its positions concerning all matters pertaining to life.

Therefore, when it comes to evangelism, the scripture is supreme for presenting the truth. Hence, supplemental doctrines or external philosophies are unnecessary. We must stick to the Word of God when we are ministering to others about Christ. In doing so, we will be successful in conveying the truth and winning the loss for Christ.

Joshua 1:8 (NASB) – “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Matthew 5:18 (NLT) – “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”

Luke 16:17 (NASB) - "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.”

We live in a time where there are many new doctrines, beliefs, myths, religious fads, sayings, and philosophical teachings half-truths and blatant deception. These new ideologies are popular and prevalent within and without some religious circles. Why do we feel if a celebrity or public figure says anything that sounds “remotely” religious, wise or spiritual that they are a Christian authority? Though you may feel it is tedious, you should constantly check their teachings against the scripture for validation before quoting them.

I Corinthians 2:2-10 (NASB) – “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him. ”For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”

Some of these new teachings may sound so close to the truth that even the seasoned Christians can and will be deceived and embrace them as truth. Do not be quick to quote popular teachers, celebrities, or religious gurus to establish a case for accepting Christ. Before adopting any teaching as truth, we must first go to the Word of God to authenticate it. If you do not, you may later find that their teaching were false, you have been deceived and helped to perpetrate a lie. This is not a good look. To save yourself embarrassment, search the scriptures so that you will know the truth for yourself.

2 Timothy 4:3 (NLT) – “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

Matthew 7:15 (KJV) – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Matthew 24:24 (NKJV) – “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Acts 17:11 (NLT) - “And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.”

We do not need to use new ideologies, popular quotes, fancy riddles or deep philosophies to convince anyone to come to Christ. The truth about man’s sin and the redeeming power of the shed blood of Christ will prick the heart of man. Stick to the scripture alone and let the Holy Spirit do the work. When you are evangelizing, the Word of God is all you need!

Luke 24:32 (NASB) – “They said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?"

Acts 2:36-38 (NKJV) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do? ”Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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How Do We Evangelize? - Be Concise: Know the Gospel And Keep it Simple

Be concise: Know the Gospel & Keep it Simple

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 18 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 17, "How Do We Evangelize? - Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus (Part Three).".

The third practical key to evangelizing is “Be concise: Know the Gospel & keep it simple”. As mentioned earlier in this series, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 13 years of age. Perhaps if I had not been able to understand the truth that was being presented to me, I may not have made a decision to accept Christ.

John 3:16-17(NASB) – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

The truth of the Gospel is to be kept simple. Nothing should be added to it nor taken away from it. The Gospel is powerful in itself and will cut to the heart of its hearer. When we lift up the name of Jesus, He will draw mankind to Himself. The Gospel does not need our help in the form of human efforts, gimmicks, or manipulative words to persuade people to The Cross. As Christians, our role is to present the authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ and trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

1 Corinthians 2:4 (NLT) – “And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 1:16 (NASB) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

John 12:32 (NTL) – “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself."

As the saying goes, "less is more". Though we present The Gospel in a simple fashion, it still has the power to affect people's lives. Jesus came from heaven to earth through virgin birth. He lived a sinless life and was crucified on The Cross to pay the price for the sins of all mankind. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. Then, He ascended to the right hand of God the Father and He is coming back again.

Let’s look at how Peter shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and three thousand souls were saved that day.

Acts 2: 22 -41 (ESV) – “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says ,“‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”

You may be saying, yeah, but I am not the Apostle Peter. That is true! However, you are filled with the same Holy Spirit and you are armed with the very same Gospel!

So, how do I evangelize? What should I say when leading someone to Christ? I am so glad you asked! 🙂 Let’s look at some scriptures to formulate a practical way for you to lead someone to Christ. Here are seven words that may help you remember how to share The Gospel: Everyone; Jesus; Gift; Grace; Faith; Saves; Pray.

1.) Everyone. All of us have sinned and are in need of salvation.

Romans 3:23 (NASB) – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

2.) Jesus. Jesus died to save us all.

Romans 5:8 (NASB) – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

3.) Gift. Salvation is a free gift. We all deserve death as payment for our sin.

Romans 6:23 (NASB) – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

4.) Grace. We are saved by grace and grace alone. Not by our good works or deeds.

Romans 11:6 (NASB) – “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”

5.) Faith. Salvation comes through faith. We must believe.

Romans 4:5 (NLT) – “But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.”
6.) Saves. God saves anyone who calls on Him.

Romans 10:13 (KJV) – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

7.) Pray. Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

Romans 10:9-10 (NASB) – “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

The Prayer of Salvation:

“Heavenly Father, I come to You right now admitting that I am a sinner. Today, I choose to turn away from sin, and I ask that You cleanse and forgive me for all of my sin. I believe that Your Son, Jesus died on The Cross to take away my sins and He rose from the dead so that I could be forgiven and made righteous through faith in Him. Jesus, I invite you to come into my heart and be the Savior and Lord of my life. Jesus, I choose to follow you for the rest of my life. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit and guide me day by day. I declare right now that I am a child of God and I belong to Him. I am free from sin and full of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am saved in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Today, go out and share The Gospel with someone today! Remember, keep it simple and let the Holy Spirit do the work. Next in this series we will review a fourth practical key to evangelizing; “Sola scriptura: Stick to the Word of God”.

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How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 14 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 13, "How Do We Evangelize?".

Over the next few weeks we will spend time reviewing a few practical keys to effective evangelism. The first practical key is "Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit." One of the first things we need to do is pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us when evangelizing. The Holy Spirit is always speaking and He is eager to help us. If we invite the Holy Spirit to direct us to whom to speak, what to say, and where to go, we will never be disappointed. He knows who is ready to receive The Gospel, where they are, and when is the proper time to present it to them.

John 6:44(NKJV) - No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHO we should share The Gospel with. Jesus is the one who draws people to Himself. Without Him drawing us, we would not have been willing to come to the cross on our own. He has promised that if He is lifted up from the earth, people would be drawn to Him. Every person may not be open to hearing The Gospel at exactly the same moment. Really?...so how can you know who to approach? 🙂

John 12:32 (NLT) – “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to led you to who He wants you to minister to. The Holy Spirit knows who Jesus is drawing to Himself at any given time. Therefore, it is important for us to pray and depend on the Holy Spirit to show us who to approach with the message of The Gospel or a prophetic word.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us in WHAT we should say when sharing The Gospel. As previously stated, the Holy Spirit is always speaking and is desiring to move in the earth. He loves people and longs for them to hear God's voice through prophecy. The prophetic is such a precious and vital gift to the Body of Christ because it has the ability to change the entire trajectory of a person's life.Therefore, praying and seeking to hear the Holy Spirit concerning what to say when sharing The Gospel with unbelievers is paramount to effective evangelism. Revelation 19:10 reminds us that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (NLT) – “But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”
Revelation 19:10 (NASB) "Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHERE we should go to share The Gospel. The Holy Spirit knows all things, including where we should go to share the gospel. For one it may be a mission field across the Atlantic Ocean, for another it may a mission field on a mountain top, and yet another it may a mission field in their neighborhood or workplace. Wherever you are seeking to go to share The Gospel, pray first. Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and go only at the sound of His voice.

The Holy Spirit knows where He desires to send you and what you will encounter along the way. Trust in His leading and depend on His divine direction. Paul and Silas depended on the Holy Spirit’s leading for where to go and share The Gospel. There were several times when they had intentions of ministering in one region, but were diverted to another place by the divine intervention of The Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:4-10 (NLT) – “Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day. Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia. Then coming, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there”.

Prayer is vital to the success of evangelism. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us through the entire process. He will direct our steps by showing us who to approach, what to say to them, and where to go when we ask. Today, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you share The Gospel! You will not be disappointed if you obey the Spirit's voice.

Hebrews 3:15 (ESV) "As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

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How Do We Evangelize?

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 13 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 12, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution".

Romans 10:13-15(NKJV) - For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

For the past few weeks, we have answered the questions of why do we evangelize and why don’t we evangelize? So far, I hope that this blog series has shed some light on the Do’s and Dont's of evangelism in light of the scriptures. If you need a review or to get caught up, you can access the first twelve articles in this Evangelism series using the link at the beginning of today's blog.

Mark 16:14 (NIV) - “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Jesus has given us the mandate to “Go”. Hence, each of us is called to fulfill “The Great Commission”. In response, has your heart said YES but your mind asked HOW? If so, this blog is for you!

As previously established, there are many opinions and motives for why Christians choose to evangelize. As well as, the many excuses or obstacles preventing Christians from evangelizing. As we move forward in our series of exploring the Dos, Don’ts, How’s and When’s of evangelism, we will now discuss; How do we evangelize?

Perhaps you feel you would evangelize more if you simply knew what to do. Over the next few weeks we will spend time reviewing a few practical keys on how to evangelize. I have identified seven keys that may help us to more effectively share our faith. Let’s prayerfully review these seven keys for evangelizing, in light of the scriptures.

These keys include:

1. Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit

2. Live Holy: Let your lifestyle testify of Jesus

3. Be Concise: Know the Gospel & keep it simple

4. Sola Scriptura: Stick to the Word of God

5. Be Relevant: Connect with people where they are

6. Be Personal: Share YOUR testimony

7. Stay Focused: Avoid theological debates.

Get ready! I know God will speak to us and give us wisdom along this journey. Tomorrow, we will discuss our first principle of evangelism; "Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit."

James 1:5 (NIV) - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 11 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 10, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility".

The seventh reason we do don’t evangelize is that we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

Our daily lives are filled with “busyness”. There always seems to be so much to do and very little time to do it. We often put our daily routines in place, void of the remotest intention of altering them. We try to balance so many balls in the air that we could set an Guinness world record! Our time is fully committed to completing these tasks while also fulfilling our “Text/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram” responsibilities.

Our plans are unshakable, except for a moment of pseudo-silence for a “quick” prayer for God to bless them. Then we go to sleep and awake to do it all again the next day! Hummm…is this your life? Somehow in the busyness, the truth that Jesus is coming soon gets lost in our shuffle. We forget our first love and our fire to evangelize is reduced to ash.

Revelation 2:4 (NASB) – “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

What if you knew a storm was coming. Would you warn your family members? If you knew a major earthquake was about to split your region, would you warn your friends? If you knew a hurricane was stirring just miles offshore would you warn every pedestrian that crossed your path? Would you be too busy to use your mouth to save a life?

My sense is that most of us would probably speak up about the coming disaster. Not only that, we would try and make every effort to prepare ourselves and those around us. Do you have the same urgency to evangelize to your family, friends, peers, co-workers, and others who cross your path about the return of Jesus? Consider this; the return of Jesus is cause for celebration for those who have accepted Him into their lives but total disaster for those who have not.

Matthew 24:21 (NLT) – “For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again.”

When you look around at our world today, can you see Matthew 24 unfolding? If so, then it is time that we shift our priorities and return to sounding the trumpet about our coming King!

Matthew 24:37-39 (NKJV) - “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Hebrews 12:25-27 (ESV) - “See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”

We all have daily responsibilities that we must properly balance. These responsibilities may not necessarily be bad ones; we just have to be careful that we do not allow them to consume our lives. Let’s not be like the unfaithful servant or the foolish virgins who clearly were unprepared for the Lord’s return.

Also, let’s evangelize and help others prepare as well. Jesus is coming back, just like He promised. His delayed return is not a canceled return. He ALWAYS keeps His promises. Whether you are pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation in your view of The Resurrection and return of Jesus, the material point is that Jesus IS coming back and we all need to prepare.

Matthew 24:45-51 (NLT) – “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 25:3-13 (NKJV) – “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.” “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

If we do not tell others about Christ, how will they know? Do not forget that the Lord is coming and there is much evangelism yet to be done. Today, let’s review our plans and make Jesus the priority of our hearts. Then share the good news of Jesus. Tell someone about Him so that they too can be ready.

Romans 10:14 (NLT) – “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) –“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”

Revelation 22:12 (NASB) – “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility</a

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 10 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 9, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves".

The sixth reason why we do not evangelize is because we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

Is it your responsibility to evangelize or does this responsibility lie with those who are called by God to the ministry of evangelism? Are you unclear on whose responsibility it is to evangelize? Sometimes, when we are unsure about a particular situation, it's easier to avoid the situation altogether. Hummm… so whose responsibility is it anyway? Let’s see what the scripture has to say about the difference between an evangelist and evangelizing?

Based on Ephesians 4:11-13, evangelists are gifts given to the body of Christ. The scripture tells us that the purpose of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers is to equip and edify the body of Christ. The office of an Evangelist is considered one of these five-fold ministry gifts. The gift of Evangelism is an anointed office given to those who gather souls into the kingdom with the message of the Gospel and motivate others to do the same. Those in this office are usually called by God into the full time vocation of evangelism of souls. Two examples of well-known evangelists are Billy Graham and Reinhard Bonnke.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV) – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”

John 4:35-37 (NKJV) – “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.”

2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV) – “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Isaiah 52:7 (NASB) – “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Are you called to be an Evangelist? Then uphold your responsibility by sharing the love of Jesus in the place where the Lord has sent you. Jonah is an example of an evangelist who did not wish to go to the people of Nineveh. In his opinion, the people of Nineveh were wicked and did not deserve to receive a warning message from God. Initially, Jonah did not feel it was his responsibility to share God’s message with the people He was being sent to. We all know how Jonah’s story ended. So, don’t be like Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT) – “The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are. “But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.”

What about Matthew 28:18-20? Has Jesus not commanded all Christians to evangelize? Yes, this passage of scripture is clear that the act of evangelizing is the responsibility of every born-again believer! Jesus commands every Christian to share The Good News with unbelievers. Our great love, thankfulness, and desire to obey Him should compel us to share the message of salvation with others. We all are responsible for fulfilling The Great Commission within our sphere of influence.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) – “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

2 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV) – “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Are you called to evangelize? If yes, then, do so indiscriminately. It is the desire of God that no one is lost and all come into the saving knowledge of God. Peter is an example of someone who was told by God to evangelize to a person he did not wish to associate with. In his opinion, Cornelius, a Roman Officer was unclean and he did not feel it was his responsibility to share The Gospel with anyone like him. Initially, he would not have evangelized to him, but a vision from God changed his mind.

Acts 10:9-21 (NLT) – “The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.”

Whether you are called to the office of an Evangelist or not, if you are a born-again Christian, it is your responsibility to evangelize. Not one Christian is exempt from sharing the message of The Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation for all who believe. Evangelize to the lost, no matter who they are. Let’s not take our responsibility to evangelize lightly. For if we fail to fulfill our responsibility to evangelize and they die in their sins, God will hold us responsible.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Ezekiel 3:18 (NLT) – “If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.”

Today, grab hold of the honor and privilege of sharing The Gospel with those who need salvation. Yes, it is YOUR responsibility to reach the lost!

Tomorrow, we will discuss the seventh reason we do not evangelize; we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Rejection

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Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 6 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 5, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God".

Do you regularly share your faith? If not, what excuses or obstacles are hindering you from doing so? Are you afraid of rejection? Are you trying to avoid being asked questions that you may not feel equipped to answer? These are the next two hindrances we will discuss in this blog series. Do either of these obstacles resonate with you?

2. We are afraid of rejection. This the second reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Have you ever been in a situation with an individual or among a crowd of people and the Holy Spirit began speaking to you? Perhaps, He told you to do something specific, quote a particular verse, prophesy to someone, or pray but in that moment you did not comply? Prior to being in that situation, your intentions were to obey the voice of God anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere.

However, the fear of rejection by man caused you to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit when around a certain individual or crowd. Perhaps it seemed more comfortable to blend in with the status quo and avoid man's potential rejection. Until that moment, you were unaware of your propensity to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and your fear of rejection prevailed.

Galatians 1:10 (ESV) – “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 19 -22 (NASB) –“Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”

Peter had a similar experience. I believe that Peter truly believed that He would proclaim his allegiance to Christ anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere. A few hours before Jesus was arrested, Peter even spoke boldly of his dedication to the Lord.

Matthew 26:35 (ESV) – “Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.”

Matthew 26:24 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter--this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me."

However, just as Jesus prophesied, Peter denied his allegiance to Him three times, that same night. Peter was unaware of the darkness that was still hidden in his heart. He was afraid of rejection. The high priests and the masses all had rejected Jesus and accused him of blasphemy. Peter feared that he too would be rejected if he admitted his allegiance to Christ. Instead of proclaiming his relationship with Christ, he swore and denied all associations. Peter’s heart had failed him at a crucial time and he wept bitterly at this realization. Until that moment, Peter was completely unaware of his propensity to deny Christ. Have you ever experienced this?

Matthew 29:69-75 – “Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.”

Like Peter, have you ever been shocked by the hidden darkness that was in your heart? "Where did that come from? How did that get there? You were puzzled by your weakness. Jesus knew the depths of Peter’s heart. Jesus also knows the depths of all of our hearts today, yet He still loves us deeply. All the more reason to reciprocate His love by telling others about your love for Him. Today, choose the approval of God over the approval of man and evangelize!

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) – “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."

Do not allow the fear of rejection to hinder you any longer from evangelizing. Be bold and do not shrink back from the opportunity to share the good news with those around you. Declare today; "I am not ashamed of The Gospel!" Get ready! Tomorrow, we will discuss the third reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

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Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Others Free

Why Do We Evangelize? - To Help Set Other People Free

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 4 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 3, "Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus".

A third reason to evangelize is that we have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom. If we are truly grieved by the bondage, abuse and exploitation the enemy subjects his victims to, we will cry out for justice. Jesus was very passionate about the salvation of man through His birth, life, death, and resurrection. It was for our freedom He came and set us free. We should share this same passion to see the lost set free and experience the same redeeming power that we have experienced though Christ.

Galatians 5:1 (NASB) – “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 ( NIV) – “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives  and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor  and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

We would have all died in our sin without Christ, but the Lord revealed Himself to each of us at just the right time. I personally believe that one of the greatest demonstrations of love is telling someone the truth of God’s Word. I was 13 years of age when I gave my heart to Jesus during a youth service. I grew up in a tumultuous environment and I knew I needed truth in my life. I accepted Jesus at a very young age and my life has never been the same. Jesus is the Word and the Word is truth! The truth is WHO I experienced, and it was not a minute too soon.

John 17:17 (NASB) - "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

John 1:1 (KJV) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:14 (KJV) – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 8:32 (KJV) - “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”

John 14:6 (NLT) - “Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

My childhood encounter with Jesus ignited a passion in me tell all my unsaved family, neighbors, and friends how they too might be free. I began speaking about Jesus to my siblings and they accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my neighbors and several of them accepted the Lord. I began speaking about Jesus to my friends at school and many of them accepted the Lord, including my best friend. Then, a small group of my friends and I started an afterschool bible study were many more of our peers found freedom. God even gave me the privilege of sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with my high school graduating class and many more were impacted by the testimony of His freedom and love.

Though I was very eager to share the truth of Jesus Christ with everyone I met, not everyone was eager to receive Him. 🙂 As a teenager, I could not understand why some people would accept the truth while others would reject it. I was puzzled by this. As I studied the scriptures, God revealed five principles I needed to remember when interacting with unsaved family, neighbors, and friends.

1. Have compassion.

2. Give the Good News.

3. All soil is not equal.

4. Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics.

5. Pray.

Have compassion. Jesus viewed people through eyes of compassion. We should also view people through eyes of compassion.

Matthew 9:36 (NASB) - “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd”

Give the Good News. The Good News came to us and changed our lives. We should be bold and take the Good News to others so their lives might also be changed.

Colossians 1:16 (NLT) - “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace."

All soil is not equal. Jesus taught that though the sower sows the word, it does not always fall on good soil. In this parable, the soil is man’s heart. We must be aware that the condition of a person's heart determines if the word will be accepted and take root.

Matthew 13:3-9 (NKJV) “Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Be aware of the enemy's blinding tactics. The enemy is real and he has real strategies to hinder people from being able to understand the truth. We should not be ignorant of the enemies schemes to try and prevent the word from being accepted.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) -“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) - “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Finally, remember to pray for yourself and others.

Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV) - For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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