II Corinthians 4:4 ” The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

The darkness of evil is everywhere in this present world…obscuring the understanding of the Gospel to the lost.  As a Believer,  what can I do to make a difference?  The song, “My Father’s Eyes”,  reminded me that His light needs to be shining forth when someone looks at me.  I need to be unashamed of professing my faith in public and able to back it up with sound doctrine when questioned.  I need to be able to share the Good News of Jesus with anyone, at anytime,  in a manner that is easy to understand, non-threating, and loving.  Finally, I need to be able to share my testimony…my story,  in a concise, simple manner…for there is nothing more powerful than a declaration of what the Lord has done in my life.  Are you up to the challenge to make a difference in this fallen world?

We’ve got to live: Keeping His Gospel in view.

What’s on your calendar this coming week?  If it’s like most, you’ll be busy with meetings at work, kid’s  sports practices and music lessons, and maybe some volunteer work.  So my question to you is,  how can you bring the Gospel into the center of your hectic week?  The Lord has charged us with the duty of proclaiming the Gospel to others. (Romans 15:16)  He also insists that we not be ashamed of declaring the Gospel. (Romans 1:16)   So how can we bring God into the picture in a non-preachy way?  Sometimes,  it’s by what we not do.  Our greatest impact for the Lord could be by not joining in the gossip mill at work…by not  degrading co-workers or referees, or by not using bad language in front of children.  By simply encouraging others rather than discouraging them,  you’ll be speaking the Gospel Message loud and clear.

Mark 10:15 ” I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

In a toddler’s mind,  all things are pretty simple…their priorities are food, sleep, and play.  They trust at face value… always looking for the good in things.  So as an adult,  why can’t we do the same thing when it comes to the Gospel Message?  Why can’t we readily accept and embrace the Kingdom of God and everything that goes with it? It’s sadly because the World has clouded and distorted our perception.  The Gospel Message doesn’t need to be over-thought…there’s no hidden agenda or bait and switch tactics involved.  You get what you see with God and His Word…for He is trustworthy and true, and His promises will never fail.

I Thessalonians 2:4 ” On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, Who tests our hearts.”

There will come a time when you’ll come to a crossroads and you’ll have to make a hard decision…do you please man, or  God.  Sure, pleasing man is easy, painless and non-confrontational…for the moment.  But it usually comes with compromise and difficulties in the end.  When we intentionally and deliberately focus our conduct on what the Lord would want us to do…people will  see that our walk matches our talk.

Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

Remember with me the very first time you heard the Gospel Message explained to you.  At that moment, the gift of Salvation was offered and you accepted.  But since that time, when you hear the Gospel Message, does it still stir you with thankfulness and gratitude, or are you apathetic to the words?  This scripture tells us to be on guard of falling away from our first love, and becoming a lukewarm Christian.

I Corinthians 4:1 ” So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.”

Just who is a servant of God?  Pastors and Ministers…yes.  Evangelists and Missionaries…yes.  But have you ever given thought that you also are a servant of God?  As a Believer, you have been given the responsibly as a Steward of the Gospel.  In your Christian journey, the divine truths of following Jesus are being revealed to you every day.  As a Believer, you are then held accountable for spreading the Gospel Message to those the Lord brings across your path.

Luke 2:14 ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

The angels were heralding the coming of Messiah to all mankind.  They were announcing to everyone that harmony and prosperity has always been God’s benevolent plan for the world.  And even today, the Lord’s purpose and motive for the earth remains  good and righteous.

Acts 13: 15 ” Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.”

Paul and Barnabas had traveled to Pisidian Antioch and were in the Synagogue on the Sabbath  when the Synagogue Leaders invited them to speak.  The greatest words of encouragement you can give anyone is the Gospel message, and Paul did that, by telling them the Good News…that Jesus had died for their sins so they could have eternal life.  To share the Gospel with others is the ultimate word of encouragement.

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