Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Some people may want to argue or disagree with me on this point but I believe a Christian who wins souls for Christ is going to encounter a lot more attacks from the kingdom of darkness than a Christian who just warms a pew every Sunday. This is one reason why soul winning is not for wimps. In case you haven’t noticed we are in a spiritual war. The devil wants to bring as many people to hell with him as possible and God wants everyone to go to heaven. 2 Peter 3:9b says that God is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” On the other hand the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.
I can especially notice this warfare when it gets close to an outreach where a lot of people are going to get saved. (more…)
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
A few weeks ago on a Friday night as were evangelizing on the streets of North St. Louis we stopped to minister to a group of people near the intersection of Clarence and Lee streets. Amongst this group of people were several boys around the age of 14. A few of them were more or less making fun of the whole situation of the ministry we were doing. They all prayed to receive Jesus but only couple of them looked serious about it. About one week after that a 14 year old boy was shot and killed near that same corner. I don’t know if the boy who was killed was one of the boys we ministered to but there is a chance that it was, and even if he wasn’t one of those boys it is a reminder of the fragility of life.
When we go out and evangelize, especially in high risk neighborhoods like the ones where we minister in North St. Louis on Friday nights, you have to realize that for some of the people you come in contact with this could be the last call and the last chance to get saved before going off into eternity. No matter where we live, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. So we need to take Jesus’ last command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel very seriously. I have noticed that God knows when people are going to die and He really works on getting the Gospel message to them before they die. Someday when you get to heaven you may have someone you witnessed to and prayed with to receive the Lord greet you and thank you for not staying home to watch the ballgame and instead went out to evangelize. We need to be instant in season and out of season and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel at all times.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
As some of you know I do a lot of street ministry and different outreaches to the lost every year. Recently I have been ministering in the inner city of St. Louis and at Fair St. Louis where thousands gather at the St. Louis Arch during the 4th of July for a concert, air show and fireworks. I also just evangelized the Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, Kansas. One thing I have been struck with lately is why more people aren’t out evangelizing because there are so many people in this world who are without Jesus and therefore without peace and, to put it bluntly, headed to hell.
I believe the reason why many Christians don’t witness is because they don’t realize or believe the power there is in the Gospel. The Apostle Paul said, “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation.” When we open up our mouths and preach Jesus and the Word of God, the anointing of God will come down upon people and cause deliverance and salvation. If Christians believed this more they would be out witnessing. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:5 that in the last days people would have a form of godliness but deny its power. When we as Christians don’t witness because we don’t believe it will do any good, then we are denying the power of the Gospel.
We need to confess every day Luke 4:18-19 over our lives, that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. When we are full of God’s anointing and Holy Spirit we can’t fail. Blinders will come off the spiritual eyes of people and they will be saved, delivered and set free from any and every kind of bondage. So, like the Apostle Paul, get out there and quit being ashamed of the Gospel. Witness with confidence that there is great power in the Gospel to see the greatest harvest of souls this world has ever seen.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Ecclesiastes 11:6 in the Amplified translation says, “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”
Sowing seed into the Kingdom of God is one of the most important things we will ever do and it can take place in different forms. We sow praise and worship unto God. We sow our time, talents and service unto God and unto people. We sow money into His Kingdom. No matter what it is that we have sowed we will reap a harvest from it. For example when we sow praise and worship unto God we will reap His presence because He inhabits the praises of His people. Whatever we want out of life, we have to sow seed in faith expecting a return and a harvest on what we have sowed. If you’re a farmer and you want apples then you better sow or plant apple seeds. If you have a financial need and you need more finances then you better sow money. If you need love and friendship then you better sow love and friendliness into other people’s lives. I’ve noticed that when I have done a lot of ministry into people’s lives, then when I need ministry it seems like every time I turn around I get just the right word that I need at just the right time. Why? Because I am reaping what I have sowed. What we sow today will determine our harvest of tomorrow.
When this says in the morning sow your seed, I believe that the morning refers to doing it first, making it the top priority, (more…)
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
In this scripture Jesus talks about having peace and being of good cheer even though being in this world we will have tribulation. That tribulation can come from many places; in the workplace, in our business, with our kids and marriages, relationships with our neighbors and even through bad decisions others have made that affect us. You may be saying, how is it possible to have peace and joy in the midst of tribulation?
Well first of all Jesus starts off this verse saying, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.” In other words reading and meditating on God’s word will bring us peace in the middle of trouble and according to Joshua 1:8 (more…)
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
In 1 Kings 19: 11-12 Elijah the prophet said the Lord passed by and there was a great and strong wind but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. Then there was a still small voice. In verses 15 and 16 this still small voice gave Elijah instructions on where he was to go and told him to anoint Hazel to be king over Syria and Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel. When it comes to witnessing, and in every area of life, it is so important that we learn to listen to and obey that still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
At one of our latest outreaches in Salina, Kansas I saw, as I had in times before, the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit. There were a couple of different times while I was ministering at that farm show when I was about to leave the Fellowship of Christian Farmers booth to take a break but I got a check by the Holy Spirit in my spirit to not leave. The Holy Spirit proved faithful in this because great divine appointments would follow. On one of the these occasions six Cloud County Community College students came along and I was able to pour my life into them, ministering for quite a while about how to be saved and how to live the Christian life. All six of those kids prayed with me to receive Jesus. (more…)
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
In 1 Kings 19:10 it says that they have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars. In the day and age that we live in people have forsaken being in God’s Word like they should because of so many distractions in this world with too much time on the computer, texting, TV and all kinds of entertainment. If we want to have the power and anointing that Smith Wigglesworth had with people being raised from the dead and many other miracles and healings then we need to (more…)
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Seeing we are in the last days, we Christians need to be stronger than ever before because the Bible clearly says in 1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”. And then in 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;”
For Christians it shouldn’t be business as usual. God has warned us (more…)
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
As I stated in my last post, part one of Fulfill Your Destiny, God has a special and unique plan for each and every one of us. This time I want to make a few points that will help us to see our destiny come to pass.
1. It is up to us to figure out what that plan is. We need to seek God and let Him show us what His plan is for our life. Now, keep in mind, that God will not hide His plan from you. Some day you will stand before Him and be judged on if you did His will or not. If He holds us accountable to do His will then of course He will show what His will is. We just need to seek Him with an open and willing heart to discover it
2. The next step is to write His plan down. (more…)
Friday, January 8th, 2010
It is encouraging to know that God has a great plan and destiny for each and every one of us for 2010 and beyond. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, saith the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
You may say, “Well, I have been waiting longer than most people to see my destiny come to pass.” Well it could be because God has such good things and big things for you that you have to go through a longer training and preparation time. But whatever the case God has a unique and special plan for you and no one else has the particular plan that you have. So it is important (more…)