PREACH THE GOSPEL WITH BOLDNESS – Pastor Chris
Thursday, April 5, 2018
…every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world (1 John 4:3).
To better understand what we just read in our opening scripture, it’s important to read the next verse, which is 1 John 4:4. It says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” There’s an antichrist spirit in the world; there’re those who simply hate everything about Jesus, but they’re not a factor, because you’ve already overcome them.
Sometimes, we’re almost tempted to not share the Gospel with such people, because we don’t know what their reaction might be; so we become hesitant; no! Refuse to be intimidated by their affront or effrontery; proclaim the Gospel with the consciousness of the power it bears, and the consciousness of the greater One who lives in you.
Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). The Gospel is for everybody; it’ll produce results in the life of anyone who hears and believes it. But for them to believe, they must hear it first, and that’s where you come in, for they can’t hear without a preacher (Romans 10:14).
Therefore, be bold to preach the Word everywhere and to everyone. The Holy Spirit in you will speak through you. He’ll confirm your words with signs following (Mark 16:20). Understand that you’re the bearer of His glory and righteousness to the world; you’re the dispenser of His mercies and grace. You’re His partner in soul winning, and He’s fortified you for the job; do it unafraid!
Through you, He’s delivering men from darkness, into light, and from the power of darkness unto God. He’s establishing His righteousness and expanding His Kingdom in the earth. You’re not walking in your own strength; He’s your strength, and His glory is in your life. Hallelujah!
Righteous Father, I thank you for working in me, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. Your grace is at work in me to produce works of righteousness. Nothing is impossible unto me, because the greater One lives in me today and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 3:5-6; Matthew 10:8; Luke 10:3-9
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Luke 10:25-42 & Joshua 23-24
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Romans 7:12-25 & Psalm 108
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