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For God Gave Us A Spirit Not Of Fear…

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7 – Scripture Of The Day (January 7, 2014)

About eleven years ago I had a Bible study with a potential convert at the International House Of Pancakes.  This young Air Force officer came from a denominational background and had initially thought that one church was as good as another, but was intrigued by the simple and powerful message of the Bible (Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Cor. 1:10-13).  We were in a booth talking over pancakes, eggs, and bacon about how God’s Word teaches that there is only one church and one faith when suddenly I heard a loud sniff from the booth across the aisle, followed by a harsh clearing of the throat.  I looked over and saw an older woman sitting there fixing me with a very disapproving stare.

“I can’t believe you are telling this man that he is mistaken about what he believes in!”  she said, clearly very angry with me.  To make a long story short, she rudely rebuffed the invitation I gave to join our Bible study, and then slapped the card out of my hand when I invited her to come to church.  My friend looked like he wanted to drop down into the floor, and to be honest I had that familiar tightening in my diaphragm and flushed face that comes from fear.

And yet…what did we really have to be afraid of?  Eleven years have passed, and I haven’t seen that woman since that day.  Before that day, God had already been blessing me “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3), he continued to do so even while that woman was chastising me, and he has continued blessing me ever since.  As a Christian, I still had my salvation and forgiveness of sins, I still could approach my Maker and Redeemer in prayer.  I still possessed the wisdom and knowledge of God to guide me through the hard times of life which I received through continual meditation and obedience of the Spirit-inspired Word.  I still had my inheritance in heaven.  Plus, I still had the physical blessings of life which God graciously gave to me.  Regardless of that woman’s disapproval, I still had a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, a bed to sleep in, and many luxuries also.  Not long after that, God would bless me with a wonderful wife, and then with a sweet daughter…along with many, many more blessings.

Christians, God has not given us a spirit of fear, timidity, and cowardice.  We have nothing to be afraid of.  Even if that woman had killed me because of the faith I was sharing, she would in actuality be doing me a favor because my name is written in that Book, and eternity with God is waiting (Phil. 1:23). So there is no reason to be afraid to do what God told us to do and share our faith with the lost so that their souls might be saved.  The gospel is God’s power to save (Rom. 1:16), and if we have the love and self-control he wants us to have then we will take advantage of every opportunity to exercise that spirit of power and love and self-control he gave to us by sharing that saving message with all (Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19-20).

Remember this, Christians:   “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”  (Heb. 13:6)

Go Therefore And Make Disciples Of All Nations…

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 – Scripture Of The Day (January 2, 2014)

The mission of the church.  Christians are God’s chosen people for one reason…to tell others about God (1 Pet. 2:9).  Our own salvation from hell is but a perk given out of God’s grace (Tit. 2:11; Rom. 6:23).  While we may have initially obeyed the gospel out of a desire to be saved from condemnation (Acts 2:36-41), we must grow to care about the spiritual well-being of others more than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4; cf. Ex. 32:31-33).  We will come to take our mission seriously only when we realize that we are surrounded by lost souls who need the gospel just like we do.  At that point, we will be unable to be silent (Jer. 20:9).  Praise God that he is with us in this endeavor, helping us and giving us the increase!  (Phil. 2:13; 1 Cor. 3:5-9; 2 Cor. 9:8-11)  With God at our side, we cannot fail!  Have you fulfilled your mission today, Christian?

My Thoughts On John 4:39-42

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She heard the words of Jesus…and she immediately shared them with others. Are we like her?

After Jesus prophetically and miraculously revealed to the Samaritan woman that he was the Messiah (John 4:5-26), I find it very interesting that the woman did not keep this information to herself.  She immediately went back into town and told people about Christ (vs. 28-29).  This in turn caused the townspeople to come out and meet Jesus (v. 30) and ask him to stay with them, which he did for two days (v. 40).  As a result, many of them believed in him…initially because the woman cared enough to tell them about Jesus (v. 39); however, this led to many more believing due to hearing Jesus for themselves (vs. 41-42).

Christians, are we like this woman?  Every week, we gather together to hear the words of Jesus and take time every day to meditate upon his Word (Ps. 1:1-2).  Are we like the Samaritan woman and actively look for people with whom to share his Word?  Or do we keep the seed of the Word inside the barn by refusing to share it with the lost whom we know?  (Luke 8:11; Hag. 2:19)

Do we really want the church to grow and the lost to be saved?  Our actions will always answer these questions more honestly than our words ever could (James 1:22-25).  Many believed because the woman didn’t keep Jesus to herself.  Likewise, God will help us to grow if we actively share his gospel with others (1 Cor. 3:6-7).  Let’s make this goal our top priority in 2013!