This is a very uncomfortable subject for most people because the music we listen to and the movies we watch form an integral part of our day-to-day lives. They provide a release for our emotions, a retreat from our cares and fears, and sometimes they are just for our entertainment and relaxation. But as with every other thing in our lives, we need to ask certain critical questions about the kind of music we listen to and the kind of movies we watch.
Music is an immensely powerful tool, able to enter into a person’s subconscious even while the person isn’t paying attention. That’s why sometimes for those who learn with music in the background you can find yourself singing the words of a song instead of the notes you were trying to cram! In our world today, nearly all secular (i.e. non-Christian) music talk about money, drugs, sex, love (which is usually lust, really) or power, and it’s really difficult to watch a movie that doesn’t have a sex scene or at least a scene of some two unmarried people kissing. And then of course there are the music videos, the hybrid of the two, which are already well on their way to replacing pornographic videos. Can anyone please tell me the point of those scantily-clad women in Sydney’s video for ‘African Money’?
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” From this verse, it is obvious that God doesn’t just want to us to listen and watch just everything, and provides one excellent way of screening the music we listen to and the things we watch. “Is what I’m watching true, lovely, and admirable?” “Is what I’m watching noble, right, and pure?”
I guess for those who have already heard this message before, the difficult thing may be understanding that this screening is something that God actually wants us to do, or something that is necessary. Well, firstly there’s that verse from Phil. 4:8, but there’s also Romans 12:1 which says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.” This verse means that your whole body, what it hears, listens to, watches, touches and eats, and everything that comes out of it should honour and glorify God. Your body is the temple of the Living God. Understand that it can never just be about the beat, because it has never just been about the words that determines what blesses or curses in a song. In 1 Samuel 16:14-23, we read that David used to play the harp to drive out an evil spirit which tormented Saul. He never sang, or had to sing; the trick was the spirit in him, which in this case was the Holy Spirit of God. I personally don’t think the spirit of someone who’s singing “lf I’m wrong, then I don’t wanna be right” is one I want in my life
Screening what we listen to and what we watch is by no means an easy task, but it is definitely essential. You can’t expect to get off pornography if you’re still watching certain music videos. I personally have found it easier to abstain from swearing (a.k.a cussing) since I stopped listening to certain types of music. Actually, I only listen to Christian music, that way I can always be sure of the Spirit behind the music. But the most important thing when considering “What Would Jesus Watch,” and “What Would Jesus Listen to,” is to let the Man Himself tell you – let the Holy Spirit lead you in all things, and you’ll never go wrong.
Spiritual growth is the process of maturity in the things of God (Christ). Just as a newborn baby is not expected to remain a baby forever but to grow bigger and stronger, so are the children of God not expected to remain “babies” in their spirits forever, but to grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding concerning the things of The Father.
There are some indications or characteristics of physical growth and so are there indications of spiritual growth. Some of the latter are discussed below:
Studying the Word of God
In 1 Peter 2:2, we are admonished to desire the pure milk of the word that we may grow. As food enables us to grow well physically, so does the word of God make us grow up spiritually. The Lord confirmed it when He said that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. As a person grows spiritually it becomes obvious that the person spends much time studying and meditating on the word of God.
As a person grows spiritually, he/she becomes alert (awakened) and spends much time in prayer (talking to God and listening to Him). Jesus confronted His disciples about their prayerlessness and commanded them to watch and pray so that they would not fall into temptation for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. By praying, they would be able to build themselves up spiritually (build their spirit-man), so that they could subdue their flesh (Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46). Prayer strengthens us and enables us to mature spiritually.
Fasting is a spiritual exercise that helps us to grow in spirit and every maturing Christian fasts often. 1 Tim. 4:8 says that physical training (bodily exercise) profits a little but “godliness is profitable for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” It is worthy to note that fasting is done onto the Lord (Zech. 7:4-6). As we mature, our flesh and desires must be subdued. We must learn to deny our flesh and allow our spirit-man to take control so that the Holy Spirit can do His perfect work in us. When we fast and deny ourselves of pleasures we make the devil aware that there is nothing he can try to use to hold us down (Luke 4: l-13), and as in Prov.4:12, a cord of three is not easily broken. As we fast, pray and meditate on the word we have victory over the devil and his schemes.
As we grow spiritually, we tend to share our faith and experiences more, so that the body of Christ may be built up. When one becomes saved and begins to mature, the person overflowing with love for God and the love of God, desires to present Jesus Christ to others around him/her. In 1 Tim.4:11-15, Paul urged Timothy to diligently commit himself to the things he had instructed him to, so that his growth/progress would be evident to all to save both himself and his hearers.
Not only do we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, but with our Christian brethren as well. A person who is growing in the Lord tends to spend time with other true worshippers. Prov.27:17 says, as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. As we fellowship together, we grow in the Lord. As we live out what the word of God says in Eph. 15:21 and Col.3:15-16, we are built up onto maturity. Through fellowshipping, we get good counsel and wise instruction; we learn more about God and generally become better people.
Freedom to live right
From Col.2:20-23 and 3:1-10, it is evident that as we come to Christ and begin to mature
as His children we become heavenly minded and naturally begin to resist carnality or
worldliness. As in Col.3:12-14, we become people who God Himself would be pleased
with and to smile upon. We become free to live for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Is church becoming a bore? Is prayer now a chore? When was the last time you had a meaningful quiet time or spent quality time with the Lord? Gradually, the things you used to do have lost the measure of pleasure they once gave you. Or perhaps you can’t find the time for them anymore… or maybe you just don’t see the reason to as clearly as before.
You are not alone. The church of Ephesus faced a similar situation. God acknowledges the things you once did as a serious Christian but it is time to rise up again to the task. God said to the church of Ephesus, “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. (Rev 2:2a &4-5).
It is important to God that the things you once did, you continue to do and with the consistency you once did them or even better. 2 corinthians 15:58 says that “therefore my dear brothers (or sisters) stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work (worship, service, prayer, word study) of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
Let me highlight a few critical reasons why you must remain faithful and stand your ground:
The days are evil: Be very careful then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. For you were once in darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. (Eph 5:15-21)
You are Christ’s ambassadors: an ambassador is one who represents the interest of his /her home country. You are a citizens of heaven. You have been sent to earth as an ambassadors of Christ. Therefore you represent the interest of Christ here on earth. Through the life you live, Christ draws others to himself. It is of great essence that you continually do the things Christ would have you do even though you find yourself in a society where everyone does otherwise. (2 Corinthians 5:20).
You are surrounded by witnesses: do not be deceived in thinking that your Christian life is a secret between you and God. Others are watching you and the way you live your life. These are witnesses who are observing your Christian walk so that they will learn from you and do likewise. (Heb 12:1,2)
You are a champion for this generation: You must not fail your generation. You will be surprised at the number of people who look up to you. You must Stand Your Ground and not follow the crowd. A crown awaits you in heaven. For this crown, Paul put everything else behind him and pressed on. You too must Press On!
Quiet time has been defined in many ways, but I like to define it as “quality time spent alone in the presence of God”. It is just like how Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to the great ‘I Am’ rather than be caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of things to do. In her case she was commended over her sister Martha who thought it was a waste of time to be in the Lords presence, bible says she chose a good thing and it will never be taken from her. Don’t let anybody take your time in Gods presence away from you.
There is no man or woman who has been successful in this life, who has achieved great heights in the kingdom of God and was highly recommended by God Himself, who didn’t value time alone in the presence of God. If you come across any true man of God ask him how long he spends in Gods presence and you will know why he is at that height. The bible is full of individuals who valued their time in the presence of God and came away with enormous blessing.
Quiet time began in the beginning when God made man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. The bible speaks of how God would come into the garden during the cool of the day and have fellowship with Adam, Genesis 3:8. However this fellowship was broken when Adam decided to let other things become more valuable than his fellowship with God. Since that incident, man has had to do with just prayer. The story continues with Enoch, whose company God enjoyed so much, that he couldn’t bear to leave him for another day; He had to take him away with Him, Genesis 5:24. In Exodus 33:11 we see a man who spoke with God face to face just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses was done, Joshua would not leave the tent of God. Joshua enjoyed the presence of God so much that he couldn’t bear to leave the place. The achievements of these two giants of God are there for all of us to marvel at, resulting in them being prophets, heads of state, army generals and spiritual icons.
The Scriptures are full of Psalms (63:11, 84: 2, 10, 77:1, 2 119:147,148) that reveal why God described David as a man after his own heart. This made David inherit one of the greatest covenant blessings ever made between God and man, second only to that of Abraham. He forever secured the future of his children as kings. It was so powerful that Jesus Christ had to be called the Son of David because he was the fulfillment of that promise and of which we too have benefited from. To be esteemed by God is a great and powerful commendation but to be highly esteemed by God Himself, is simply awesome and beyond words. Such was the words that God chose to describe his servant Daniel who did not fail to come three times into the presence of God even when the penalty was death, Daniel 6:10.
First among all these giants is Jesus Christ who could not bear to be away from his Father. It is his example that we shall draw inspiration and lessons from to help us build our own quiet time. In Mark 1:35 the Bible says that very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus rose and left the house and went to a solitary place where he prayed. This verse is simply pregnant with revelation and holds powerful lessons for us.
The first point to note is in verse 32 where we read that Jesus was still ministering after sunset because the whole town had come to where he was staying to receive from him. This was after he had spent the whole day ministering. I believe he must have been extremely tired yet our Savior did not give the excuse that “I am too tired, I need to rest a bit more, I can always do it later”. No the bible says he rose up very early in the morning. He just couldn’t miss his quiet time. My fellow Christian you also cannot miss your quiet time.
The next question is ‘why that early in the morning?’ My answer is simple: It’s the time you are most fresh and focused, aiding concentration. It’s when you are absolutely free from all distractions. It’s the best time to assess your situation objectively. It’s the best time to seek guidance and direction from God for the day. It’s the best time to hijack the day for yourself and the purposes of God. It is the best time to plan and strategize. It is the best time to enjoy fellowship with God.
So it’s great to rise up early in the morning but why leave the house? Jesus was just being wise and smart. One of the reasons was that he was running from that powerful magnet called BED. In Hebrews 5:7 we learn that Jesus prayed with all his emotions; he shouted, he cried, he knelt down, fell on the ground, he worshipped, he sang praises and he prayed aloud. He needed somewhere he could be totally free to express himself. Finally Jesus being the sensitive person that He is did not want to disturb anybody in the house and did not want anybody to see him praying. After all, he was the one that gave that admonition in Matthew 6:6. We need to avoid places where we can’t give our best to God and won’t be a disturbance to others. Remember not to disturb or be disturbed.
Jesus went to a solitary place where he could spend quality time in prayer. He had to walk in dark places without streetlights, searching for a suitable place. He had to walk quite a distance from the whole town to secure a solitary place. Your quiet time demands effort, you need to find the things that would make the time worthwhile. You need to think through it, you need to plan ahead so that you get the best results. You don’t stumble into the Lords presence; you have to create the right environment. God must be welcome wherever you choose. It takes effort, it takes time, and it’s a special time with God, just like how you would prepare for a date. Its not done with the radio or the T.V on, its not instant coffee, it’s not on the go, its not done in traffic. All that is ritual; hence its ineffectiveness and powerlessness. You must create a place for God to meet with you; in a garden for Adam, a tent for Moses, a temple for the Psalmist and a wilderness for Jesus.
When Jesus finally got there, he prayed. Now prayer is a two-way thing, it’s not a monologue. Jesus spoke to his Father and the Father spoke back to him. He told God about his worries, the stressful things he had been through the previous day, how he missed him, how he was enjoying the work he was doing. He also told him how great the work was going on, how his disciples were getting along. He told God everything. God would in turn speak back to him and would inform him of the miracles he needed to do, gave him instructions, obtained the very word that we read in the Bible, where he was to go, who he was to meet, above all he received strength and power. He received power in Acts 10:38, Luke 4:18. In Mark 5:30 Jesus said power had gone out of him when a woman who had been bleeding touched him and in Mark 9:14-29, Jesus told the disciples that certain ministrations required prayer and fasting. I believe every morning Jesus’ power was renewed. In 1 Peter 2:21 the Bible exhorts us to follow the example of Jesus; that is the only way we too can be blessed.
When you have your quiet time you may not hear God speak to you directly the way Jesus did. You will have to fill this gap by reading your Bible and meditating on it to obtain a revelation or truth. You have to follow the instructions given to Joshua in Joshua 1:8 learn from David in Psalm 119:147,148. You have to let the word enter your spirit to give you the light which you need throughout the day (Psalm 119:105,130).
It is very helpful to obtain a book that will help guide you through the Bible for the whole year. You can also systematically go through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation by reading about four chapters a day. I highly recommend this, as it has been a source of great blessing to all who have done that. In addition, you can study certain themes and various topics on your own. You will also benefit from memorization of scriptures. Making these exercises part of your life, along side a desire to obey what you receive will make you simply powerful.
I have avoided certain thorny issues about quiet time and what you should do but I can’t help but say this now that I know that you are fired up to have a great quiet time. Fifteen minutes doesn’t help much but it’s a start if you have recently come to Christ but if you have been in Christ for more than six months and its not more than thirty-minutes that is a problem. Learn to grow your quiet time from five minutes to say three hours like Martin Luther and others who changed the world for God. You can learn to give a tenth of your day to Christ; that is a tithe of your day and night which translates into about 2 hours 30 minutes. Don’t forget to make an offering of your time to the Lord. It may be hard, but try, and God may simply take you away with him.
As I went down life’s road, living my days as it thought should be
lived, ‘normal’. The average life of a young woman, by the world’s
standards. Then God reached down and pulled me up, close to him. I had an
encounter with God and I have never been the same again. I embrace my new
life with God whole heartedly for he has shown me kindness and given me
grace. And now I have peace, joy, and the knowledge of my salvation. Have
you ever stopped to ask yourself some questions?
Before, I understood that God existed as Supreme God, heaven, hell,
the Holy Spirit and the judgment of our soul at the end of the world and the
fact that Jesus came to die for our sins and through him we are saved.
However, those who do not heed him, the wicked will be punished. I knew all
this but what did it mean to me?
Like many I just hoped that I would go to heaven because I did not want
to go to hell, how I ask? I just hoped God would be merciful enough. I did
not want to pay attention to God’s ways because it required that they give
up some habits. Giving up these habits that harmed me anyway, like sex ,
which led to all kinds of diseases, which led to sleepless nights wondering
if I was pregnant or not, late night at the club sleeping behind the wheel
as I drove home, problems with men and so much more. On the other hand, God
was asking me to exchange them for peace, rest, comfort, protection and many
more good things. In Mathew 11:28-30, Jesus says,
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will
give you rest.” It goes on to say, “For the yoke I will give you is easy and
the load I will put on you is light.”
Living and pretending God and everything did not exist did not make the
facts go away. One day I was going to die and where was I to go? So I
resorted in living in the middle. Going to church, reading the bible once in
a while, praying as and when especially if I needed something so that I
still could satisfy my other desires even the ones I knew was completely
wrong, not for God but not against God. What I failed to understand was the
fact that anything that was not of God was against him. In Romans 8:6-8, it
“To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the
spirit results in life and peace. And so people become enemies of God when
they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law,
and in fact they cannot obey it. Those who obey their human nature cannot
So I thought to myself that I needed to give myself up to God completely
and whole heartedly so that the spirit could work in me and make me pleasing
to God because there is no other way. I could not change what God had
written and make the bible suite my ways. What he says is final; worrying,
pretending, living in self-denial cannot change any points in the bible.
As Jesus asked, “Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?”
As an average Christian, I learnt growing up that accepting Christ as your
Saviour, your sins would be forgiven and you would earn eternal life.
Confirmed in Hebrews 10: 28,
“In the same manner Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away
the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to
save those who are waiting for him”
But there are a few other facts I learnt as I was going along that was
completely new to me:
• First of all, Jesus asks us to declare our love for him and God publicly,
not in hiding like I was doing I didn’t want to discuss him in public
because I was worried about what others will say but he plainly says that if
we deny him publicly on that day he too will deny us.
Mathew 10:32, “For those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will
do the same before my Father in heaven. But if anyone rejects me publicly, I
will reject him before my Father in heaven.”
If you believe that Jesus is Lord then why not confess it for from the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Romans 10:9, “If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised
him from death, you will be saved.”
• Secondly, we have to confess our sins, and sincerely repent. Not like what
I had been doing before confessing some and going back to it but confessing
all and not going back anymore. Hosea 6:4-7,
“But the Lord says, “Israel and Judah, what am I going to do with you? Your
love for me disappears as quickly as morning mist; it is like dew, that
vanishes early in the day…What I want from you is plain and clear: I want
your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my
people know me.”
• Thirdly, accepting Jesus Christ is not all that is required but also doing
the will of God. Yes, in accepting him we are saved for he is the only way
by which we would be saved,
For John 14: 6 says,” I am the way, the truth and the life; no one goes to
the Father except by me”.
The story does not end there,
In Mathew 5: 17, he blatantly states, “Do not think that I have come to do
away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not
come to do away with them, but to make their teaching come true.” And verse
19 says, “So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the
commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be the least in the
kingdom of heaven. On the other hand whoever obeys the Law and teaches
others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
It is for this reason that Jesus said in Mathew 7:21, “Not everyone who
calls me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who
do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.”
I came to understand that it was not like I thought it was, just
accepting Christ as my saviour was not enough I had to do what was God’s
will so what was God’s will I asked myself? I needed to read the bible to
find out for myself. It is very important to study the word for yourself I
have come to understand. It is not enough hearing what others have to say
because there is a lot that God wants to reveal to us but he does that
through his word.
Without his word we are helpless, how do you please God if you do not know
what he wants?
• First, I learnt that I cannot understand Gods ways on my own he has to
teach me his ways through his Holy Spirit, I cannot understand and practice
the bible on my own.
John 14:23-24, “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love
him, and my Father and I will come to him and live with him.”
The Holy Spirit comes into our lives and nurtures us in following Gods ways
so that we will live a life pleasing to him. That is why it is called Grace
and Mercy, not by our effort but because God is merciful to send us his Holy
Spirit to teach us to walk on the path that Jesus has cut for us. This is
Romans 12:1-3, “So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great
mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God,
dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that
you should offer.”
• In addition, it is important to note that we were created to worship God.
He created us; he moulded all of us differently for his purpose. To praise,
worship him and also spread the word with others so they may also be saved.
Romans 10:8, ‘what it says is this: “God’s message is near you, on your lips
and on your heart”-that is the message of faith that we preach.’
• WORSHIP- Your life, everything that you do must glorify God.
2 Timothy 3: 16, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for
teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving
instructions so that the person who serves God may fully qualified and
equipped to do every kind of good deed.”
• SERVICE- To be used to spread the news and grow God’s Kingdom by being a
1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but
the same spirit gives them. There are different abilities to perform
service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular
Reading the bible is really important for spiritual growth. For lack of
knowledge my people perish, let’s not perish because we do not know. Not
knowing is not an excuse.
Do not misunderstand me I am not judging you but sharing what I have learnt
so that we may all be saved looking forward to when Jesus Christ comes back
again to take us home, it is written, that day will surely come, just as
some day we will surely die.
I suggest you read ‘purpose driven life’ by Rick Warren; it would be a good
guide for you I believe as it has been for me.
Here are some stories James would’ve liked:-
There’s an extraordinary boy in this very country who decided to save 1/3 of the ‘pocket-money’ his parents gave him every week. One day, he saw the plea of a young boy who desperately needed funds to undergo a heart surgery and donated the sum which had become considerable over time, without further thought. The young boy was soon able to undergo the surgery that saved his life.
A young woman in her twenties, also in the location of the boy, was confounded by her uncanny passion for children. Her love drove her to start a home for children, taken from orphanages , streets and the like, where she used her income and donations from other kind-hearted people, to feed, clothe, and provide these children with an education, Her income, she obtains by making and selling beads. She now cares for over a 100 children.
Welcome to the book of James, an invaluable guide to practical living. Look at your face in the mirror. Now, look away. What do you look like? What you’ve just done describes one who is only a hearer of God’s word. (James 1:22-24)
Like the way we quickly forget our appearance, are we who hear God’s word and don’t do it. From Rahab the prostitute to Abraham the father of many, each person’s faith was made whole by their works. James message in James is: without works, our faith is dead. (James 2:14-26)
The book of James is simply one of many lessons: – profiting from trials, the futility of riches, the lethals of favouritism, the deadly tongue, the gutter called pride and the fountain named humility, judging, boasting, needs and saving a sinning brother.
Above all, the book of James teaches you don’t have to be extraordinary to write your story too (James 5:17-18). A little time at the orphanage, a show of kindness towards one who hurt and you could leave your own story too.
Finally, in your walk of faith, await your reward from the Lord like a farmer. He gently tills the earth and waits for the precious fruit, until it receives the early and later rains.
Ever heard the phrase “The god of this world”? If you have then you can probably guess where this article is going, if not then I’ll explain it in a minute – of course a bit long-windedly. Here we go.
So who remembers the Matrix? Action movie where Neo and his other human friends find out that they have been living in a computer simulation meant to control them all their lives… crazy right? No, actually, that is what every human being born into this world experiences. When the bible uses the world in this sense, it usually refers to the world system, the manner in which things work or are supposed to work according (to here I go) the god of this world. Unfortunately, for Christians, this is a system that has been designed specifically with one thing in mind- to prevent us from becoming Christian in the first place and to make sure we don’t live life as God planned.
Are you surprised yet? Just look around, why does it seem extremely difficult to do the right thing? Not to lie, not to copy, basically there seems to be opposition against every Christian principle. Think about it, it’s almost as if some people sat down and decided that movies should be come more violent more profane each year ,fashion should dictate shorter skirts and more revealing tops and not to mention the taboo being a virgin(mind and/or body wise) at 21.
Okay so do I have proof from the Bible? Yes. Check this out.
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”- 2 Cor 4:4 4
So there you have it, Paul in Corinthians explains that the god of this world is up to a number of tricks to prevent as from believing in Christ. Ok ay so now what do we do. The aim of this article is not to get you looking out for demons left right and centre but just to point out; to come to a realization that we do live in a system. But here’s good news. Firstly, once we become Christians we are born again literally, physically our bodies don’t change but our spirits are made brand new from God. Secondly, though we were a part of the system, God transfers us from it into his own Kingdom were he reigns as the True God. This process is what actually allows us to live for God because now though we live in the system (the world) we are not apart of it, we transcend it. Jesus makes sure he states this clearly “Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” Like Neo, the bible makes us understand that when we get born again the gravity of this world should not hold as back from doing God’s will.
Now once again this article is not to send you witch hunting, so rather than asking what is the devil doing here or in this we should ask, what does God want to happen here and what does the bible say. But of course we should not be surprised if what God wants seems funny according to the world’s twisted logic.
John 15:18-19. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Luke 4:5-7 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”-
And this is the faith that overcomes. And most importantly we live in this world but are not of this world so as Christians we are not to e subject to the laws of the world.
Our Savior’s last great command to His followers was to go into all nations and take the Gospel to every creature (Mk. 16:15). We have woefully failed. Considering the worldwide population explosion, we have been failing at a tragic rate to do His will. There are many souls born to die without Christ for every one that is won for Him. Why is that? Did Jesus give us an impossible task? No, He always is willing to give us power to do anything which He commands (Phil. 4:13).
When a Christian wins no soul, he or she ceases to be a useful Christian, for we have no task, no duty, and no responsibility than to win souls. Have you won a soul today? If the church is not winning souls and its members are not doing likewise, then what in the name of God do we gather for and disperse to go and do?
Every Christian, whatever his official title or role, should be characterized by a passion to lead others to Christ. If Jesus did anything at all, he won souls, if God had any reason for sending His one and only son, it is to save the world. Therefore Jesus missed no words at his departure but gave the great commission to His disciples, which has become more a Christian jargon than a Christian practice. (2 Timothy 4:5 Matthew 4:19)
We Need a Passion for Souls
we need a passion for souls, as a church and as believers. Our council meetings must focus on soul winning, as did the early church. Our sermons must be nothing than a passionate call to call the lost world to Christ. If Paul cried: “woe is me if I do not preach the gospel” (Romans 1:16), aren’t we worried for not sharing that sentiment? You need to consider your life worth nothing to you but to be spent to win souls. (Acts 20:24)
John Knox, the father of Presbyterianism, constantly carried the burden for his land. Night after night he prayed on the wooden floor of his hideout refuge from Queen Mary. When his wife pleaded with him to get some sleep, he answered, “How can I sleep when my land is not saved?” Payne reports that often Knox would pray all night in agonizing tones, “Lord, give me Scotland or I die!” God shook Scotland; God gave him Scotland. God respects such a passion for souls.
John Wesley, as he exhorted his pastors upon whom the future of their revival movement depended, urged, “Let us all be of one business. We live only for this, to save our own souls, and the souls of those who hear us.” Again, Wesley cried, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.” We must graduate beyond singing soul wining to practicing soul winning.
Your aim must be to deliver the soul from a future in hell, set it free present life passions the war against it (2 Timothy 2:22) and from the condemning memories and habits of the past. (Proverbs 14:25). It must be to make that soul a disciple of Christ, teaching the life of obedience and to experience the glorious and satisfying presence of Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20).we will sleep in peace and walk about freely for if souls are saved robbery will
be only a word in the vocabulary. (Amos 5:24). Why do we need to evangelize? (Proverbsl4: 25, Proverbs 11:30, Daniel 12:3, Romansl: 16) give us some reasons.
A most striking example of the urge to win souls triumphing over even imminent death is that of John Harper, a Baptist minister of London, who was lost with the TITANIC. At a conference held in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a man rose and gave the following testimony: “Four years ago, when I left England on board the TITANIC, I was a careless, godless sinner. I was in this condition on the night when the terrible catastrophe took place. Very soon, with hundreds more, I found myself struggling in the cold, dark waters of the Atlantic. I caught hold of something and clung to it for dear life. The wail of awful distress from the perishing all around was ringing in my ears, when there floated near by me a man who, too, seemed to be clinging to something. He called to me: ‘Is your soul saved?’ I replied: ‘No, it is -not.’ ‘Then,’ said he, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved.’ We drifted apart for a few minutes, and then we seemed to be driven together once more. ‘Is your soul saved?’ again he cried out. ‘I fear it is not,’ I replied. ‘Then if you will but believe on the Lord Jesus Christ your soul shall be saved,’ was his further message of intense appeal to me. But again the rolling separated us. I heard him call out this message to others as they sank beneath the waters into eternity. There and then, with two miles of water beneath me, in my desperation I cried unto Christ to save me. I believed upon Him and I was saved. In a few minutes I heard this man of God say: ‘I’m going down, I’m going down’ then: ‘No, no, I’m going UP.’ That man was John Harper.” YOU NEED SUCH PASSION!
How to Receive This Passion
Jesus made a promise to His disciples that they should receive a gift of power: “Ye shall receive power, the Holy Ghost coming upon you” (Acts 1:8). The purpose of that spiritual endowment was to enable those who knew Him to be witnesses unto Him, and that, in a word, is the business of every individual believer, and of the Church collectively! The Holy Spirit is Just for asking. (Luke 11:9-13). After you have prayed you will feel in your heart to share the gospel with someone and make sure you are not disobedient to the heavenly voice. (Acts 26:18-20).
- Become more passionately committed to Jesus Christ than ever before. (1 Peter 3:15)
- Specifically ask God to give you a passion for souls. (Acts4: 23-33)
- Ask God to give you sensitivity to others.
- Ask God to make you spiritually radiant. Each day ask Him to make you Christ
- Ask God for winsome boldness in witnessing.
- Ask God to make you confident and positive.
- Put constant priority on prayer.
IN THE HOME.
You can set up a weekly seekers meeting to which you will invite your friends and family. You may invite an evangelist initially to participate and help handle questions. You can study relevant areas of scripture towards the goal of wining souls, a family alter of morning devotion will help you bring family and servants to Christ.
- IN THE CHURCH.
You can join an evangelist group in your church to go around wining souls for Christ. The church can create a seekers class where visitors who are not born again as well church members who need Christ can attend. Your interest here is to befriend individuals and help them understand the good news.
Some Christians spend their leave period in places where people have not heard the gospel. You may find a mission organization that may send you to a place where such need exist. The widespread use of tracts and literature by the false cults should arouse the Christian worker to the great possibilities for good of the distribution of suitable tracts. Souls who would never darken a church door will often read a tract.
Christian friends, it is time for each of us to take inventory. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the One who suffered an agonizing death on the cross for us? Are you, am / willing to go into the highways and byways and bear the reproach of Christ, and be misunderstood and sometimes maligned, in order to satisfy the heart longing of Him who saved us from an awful, eternal hell? He longs to save people all around who are hungry and yearning for someone to call and show a personal interest in their souls. But He needs you and me to care enough to go without some of our accustomed comforts, to be willing to suffer the reproach of men if need be, along with Him, in order to get the job done.