I also think of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron from Living Waters and The Way of the Master ministries, standing on their soap box on a crowded street preaching the Gospel to everyone passing by.
Well that's not really how most of us get our opportunity to share the Gospel. Our opportunities come with friends, family, co-workers and folks we interact with for services or merchandise.
Let's make the most of our opportunities and develop our ability to create opportunities where they do not seem to exist.
The Holy Spirit Does What We Can'tIt can be a little scary talking to people about the Lord. Especially at first. I was fighting intimidation, lack of confidence, frustration and anger to deliver the Gospel and tell people about the Lord and it wasn't working! Or so I thought.
Remember, the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need when you need them. One plants, one waters and God gives the increase.
"Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. "For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." - Luke 12:11-12 NKJV
A Personal JourneyMy frustration came because I felt I had to say the right things and persuade people that Jesus was worthy. If I could just talk them into it, I could get almost everybody. Well it turns out the only feedback I ever got was not on the things that I thought were brilliant.
People were moved by a side comment I had made. To me it was just an off hand remark for a little context but it turns out that was the very thing that brought the person closer to the Lord. It was the Holy Spirit that knew what needed to be heard.
Take comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need when you need them. The Holy Spirit will bring conviction.
When you see the Lord move on the behalf of others it's exciting and more importantly it's encouraging. Our Father is drawing people and He is invested in working in peoples life. We are messengers. He does the hard part. Changing minds.
My New ApproachThe Holy Spirit does the miracle but I do not take my part lightly. In fact, I take great joy in sharing my testimony, knowing what the Gospel is and taking strategic opportunities to share it. Then I get to watch the Holy Spirit work in the hearts and minds of the folks I interact with.
The best strategy we have is in stirring up the curiosity of those around us. More to come on this thought so stay tuned as we go through the ITCZ 101 series.
In the mean while, get a faith boost! Take a quick read of 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 NLT for the mind set of a soul winner.
For our part, let's have the Gospel down pat so we can be ready in an instant to give the words that can pull a soul from death to life. It's just too important and far to easy to not have this down.
Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NLT
Do you ever feel like you are rambling when you tell people about the Lord?
I sure did. God know's what people need to hear. We don't. So let's share our testimony and tell people what we have learned and God will take it from there.
Your proclaiming of the Gospel knocks down barriers that cannot be seen. Plant. Water. God will give the increase.
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