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Our Steps Can Be Ordered by the Lord

Friday, April 10th, 2015

I believe a scripture that we really need to believe for every day and all the time is Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” If you have received Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior then you are good in Christ Jesus and you can claim that all your steps are ordered by the Lord. What a great promise that we will always be at the right place at the right time because our steps are ordered by the Lord.  So when it comes to business opportunities, job opportunities, witnessing opportunities or any kind of good deals, we can always be at the right place at the right time to be a blessing or to get a blessing.

This is one reason why our Friday night street ministry goes so well. Every Friday night that we go out God leads us to the right street to talk to that person who is ripe and ready to hear the Gospel. If we will continue to listen to the Holy Spirit He will even show us the right words to say.  A good example of this was this past Friday night. A Good Samaritan type woman had picked up a 17 year old girl off the streets of East St. Louis out of concern for the girls safety. She had been telling the girl that God would take care of her. Not long after that, the Good Samaritan lady pulled into the metro link parking lot where we had just gotten out of our van to witness. When we gave food and drink to the woman and the 17 year old girl she had picked up, the lady said to the young girl, “see I told you God would take care of you.” Needless to say, after I blessed the 17 year old girl with provision and witnessed to her about Jesus, she ended up praying with me to get saved.

If we will claim and believe Psalm 37:23, everyday of our lives can be fruitful and exciting like this.

To Reap a Harvest, You Must Plant Seed

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Second Timothy 4:5 tells us to do the work of an evangelist which means every born again believer is to do the work of an evangelist.  One of the jobs of an evangelist is to plant seed and that is simply preaching or sharing the Word of God with people. Any intelligent farmer knows that if he wants a wheat harvest he must plant wheat seed or if he wants a crop of corn he must plant corn seed. A smart farmer also knows that if you want a big crop you must plant a lot of seed and if you want a small crop you plant a little bit of seed. I know this sounds simple but yet how many ministers and Christians are praying and believing for a big harvest of souls to come into the Kingdom but yet they never plant any seed. If you want to see a big harvest of souls saved then go and witness to everyone around you. If you just want a little harvest of souls saved then go do just a little witnessing. The size of the crop always depends on the seed sower which is us.

Outreaches are Work

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I have just returned from my annual outreach to the Navajo Indians at the Northern Nation Navajo Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico. I have spent most of my adult life doing outreaches and mission trips. Sometimes I went as a participant under another ministry and sometimes I have led the trip or outreach. Missions trips are fun, being able to see new sights and experience a different culture, and they can be life changing not only for those who are the target of the ministry but also for the participants of the trip but we also need to realize that ministry is hard work. After all, Jesus said in His word, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38. Notice the word laborers. I have been on different outreaches (more…)

Wherever Your Foot Shall Tread

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 I am heading off for the long journey from St. Louis to Shiprock, New Mexico to minister to the Navajo Indians at the 99th annual Shiprock Northern Navajo Nation Fair. There will be at least 120,000 Navajos at the parade on Saturday, October 2nd. I will be taking 6 other people with me; 5 students from the St. Louis Dream Center Ministry Academy and one man from the Genesis program. We will also be meeting a couple from Joel Osteen’s church in Lakewood, Texas down in Shiprock. We will be loaded with Gospel material to pass out. We will have around 15,000 Gospel tracts, 2000 Jesus stickers, over 1000 salvation bracelets, Navajo Bibles and other material to pass out. Pray that the material will get into the right hands and that it will bear much fruit and that we will have many divine appointments.

The scripture I feel like God has given me for this outreach is Joshua 1:3, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you…” I believe that we as the body of Christ need to start claiming this scripture for our neighborhoods, schools, cities, workplaces and wherever we go, claiming that people are going to be saved and that revival is going to take place wherever our foot shall tread. Joshua 1:3 was not written (more…)

Soul Winning is Not for Wimps

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…)

Eternity is Only a Heartbeat Away

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.

The Laborers are Few

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.

Whose Job is it to Win the Lost?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Ephesians 4:11 and 12 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Some Christians have the mentality that the pastor and the evangelist are the ones who are to win their neighborhoods, cities and countries to Jesus and that their only job is to send these ministries their money so that they would do all the witnessing and ministering. But this is far from the truth.

According to the scriptures I just quoted the purpose of the 5 fold ministry gifts is to train, build up and equip the entire body of Christ so that the individual members of His body can then go out and do the work of the ministry and win the lost to Jesus. There are certain people in the world that Billy Graham or Joyce Meyer can’t reach who will only listen to and respond to you. Only you can win them to Jesus. The late Keith Green, who had such convicting messages, said it best, God can’t cash out of state checks in heaven. In other words, God doesn’t want your money; He wants to use your giftings and anointings to minister to the lost and hurting that are in this world.

As an evangelist, I pray with hundreds of people every year to receive Jesus into their lives but that being said, this really isn’t my only purpose as an evangelist. A big part of my ministry is to exhort, stir up and train others to go out and win people to Jesus. This is why we started doing evangelism workshops several years ago. If you would like us to come to your church, youth group or Bible School to have me teach an evangelism workshop, just contact us about it at mail@jeffgossministries.org or 314-610-1835.

Sowing

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…)

What are You Waiting For?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow,
and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Amplified Version)

A lot of Christians fall into the category of observing the wind and waiting for conditions to be favorable before they evangelize when it comes to witnessing. Have any of the following excuses kept you from sharing your faith?

• Waiting until you feel like it. If you wait until your flesh feels like witnessing then you might as well be waiting for hell to freeze over or for the Kansas City Chiefs to win a Super Bowl because it aint gonna happen. Our flesh wasn’t made to do spiritual things any more than a car was made to fly. We need to make our flesh pray, read the Bible and tell others about Jesus. Once you get past the flesh and the lies of devil and begin to witness to people you will be glad that you did. Witnessing brings joy and fulfillment to us and salvation to lost and hurting souls.

• Waiting until you feel the anointing. Remember, we walk by faith and not sight or feelings. The Word of God says that if you’re saved and have received Jesus in your life then according to 1 John 2:27 you are already anointed because it says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,…” So in other words you already have an anointing on you to evangelize if you are saved whether you feel the anointing or not. That anointing will come (more…)

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