1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.

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Romans 1:14 An Obligation To Everyone

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I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Romans 1:14

Paul talks about he is striving come and see the Romans. He wants to bring the gospel message to them in person. He then tells them that he has an obligation to everyone.

In this world people do not like to have an obligation to someone else. An obligation is a requirement of a person to do something to, for, or with someone else. Each person wants to be his own person and free to do what he wants, when he wants on his own, thus does not like having an obligation.

Obligations are often seen in contracts. People do not want to be tied to a binding contract with another person. They want their freedom. They want a contract with no requirements or obligations for in the future.

When a person is obligated to another person, he may feel tied to him. People do not want to be tied down and required to do something.

Believers often have the same feelings. There are times that they are obligated to do something in or outside the church and they don’t want to do it.

One area that every believer has an obligation in is to tell others about Jesus. Jesus gave that command to every person who follows Him. Paul had shown this by his statement. Every person on this earth is either a Greek or a non-Greek, wise or foolish. Paul felt the responsibility to every person.

Believers have the responsibility to tell others about Jesus. This responsibility is their obligation to every person. Some of those people will be wise and listen. Others will be foolish and reject listening. Yet, the obligation to tell them about Jesus remains the same.

You have the same obligation as Paul did. Every person you meet is either a Greek or a non-Greek, a wise or foolish person. You have a duty to tell that person about Jesus. Give every person you meet a chance to accept or reject Jesus. Do not make the decision for them.

You also have the obligation to follow the commands of Jesus–go and tell the gospel to all of the world. You may not have to travel around the world, but you can travel around your community. Fulfill your obligation.

I pray today that you will find people to tell about Jesus; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that you will fulfill your obligation to others and God; and that many will believe in Jesus through your message.

Acts 26:22 No Extra Words

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But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–Acts 26:22

Paul had been put in captivity for preaching the gospel message. While there he appealed to Caesar, rather than be judged in a lower court. He stood before King Agrippa and stated that he said nothing beyond what has already been said by the prophets and Moses, so was therefore innocent.

When a person is trying to convince someone of something, he will often present every piece of information he can. In the process, many people will add information that is not true to build the case. They use extra words in order to convince others that they are correct.

If the person that is trying to be convinced is not paying attention, he will be convinced. However, many will pay attention and realize the false statements being made or notice when things do not line up correctly in the statements.

There are believers who strive very hard to convince people to believe in Jesus or to follow a principle of the bible. In the process, there are times they use arguments that are not from the Bible and are not truth. Some believe in Christian slogans, that cannot be found in the Bible.

It has been seen many times on television, speakers who claim that a person will be blessed if they purchase a certain item from the ministry. Or if they give a certain amount of money to the ministry, there will be a sudden amount of money given back to them.

These are extra words that God never directly stated in the Bible. In the process of proclaiming God’s word, a person must be careful to keep his words true to God’s word. The gospel message is very simple and is what the entire Old Testament points to.

As you speak to people about God or Jesus, make sure that the words you use are what God’s word says. Do not try to add anything extra. When you speak extra words, you take a chance of going off track from God’s word. Allow God’s word to be active and alive in the lives and hearts of others. You cannot give more than what God has already given. Stay true to God’s word.

I pray today that you will know what the Bible says; that you will speak the true gospel message to people; that God will give you the words to say; and that many will know Jesus through the message you speak.

Acts 21:13 What Are You Willing To Go Through?

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Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13

Paul had been in Caesarea for a time and was ready to leave and go to Jerusalem. Several people warned him that he would be bound up there. Paul said that he was ready to not only be bound, but also die in Jerusalem if needed.

Very few people are really willing to do something, knowing that they will most likely go to jail for it, unless they are a hardened criminal. They do not want to go to jail for doing something good, and usually will avoid it at all costs.

This is not to say how much more they will avoid it, if it may cost their life. Even fewer people want to die for doing something good.

Although most people do not want to go to jail for something good, there are many believers who state that they would be willing to go to jail for Jesus. They state that they are not afraid of anything.

Yet, a lot of those very same people do not go out and be a true witness for Jesus every day. They close their eyes and ears to those in real need. They do not put themselves on the line for getting the gospel message out to people. When they are in line at the checkout counter, they are staring at their phones, rather than talking to the next person about Jesus. Or they are in too much of a hurry to give a helping hand of love to someone in need. They worry about their job position to tell someone about Jesus at their workplace.

If people are not willing to be hated a little, or risk their job, or be a little late in order to tell someone about Jesus, they will not be willing to go to jail or die for Jesus when the time comes.

Take a look at your life and see how much you are willing to do in order to get the message of Jesus to the people around you. How often do you take advantage of every situation to tell someone about Jesus?

Do you bypass opportunities out of fear? Or do you grab them?

How much are you willing to do to tell others about Jesus?

I pray today that God will give you boldness to tell others about Jesus; that you will not fear what may happen as you talk about Jesus; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

Acts 20:24 What Are You Aiming At?

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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

As Paul was getting ready to leave Ephesus, he told the people that he may not see them again. He knew that prison and hardships were ahead of him. Paul was not worried about his own life, but his aim in his life was to do what God called him to do–testify about Jesus and God’s grace.

Many people have goals or aims in life. Those who are successful tell everyone else that they need a goal in life, something to aim for. If one does not have an aim, then he will not hit anything or accomplish anything of any real value.

The world says that the goals that one must have should be a big bank account, large house, many cars, great vacations, and high status in society. If one does not have these, then they are worthless aims in life.

Believers have a different aim in life. Their aim is to please God. The only way to please God is to do what God has called them to do. The greatest task that God has called every believer to do, is to testify about Jesus and God’s grace.

The world is on a one-way track to death, seeking temporary things of this world. They do not know that there is real life to be had out there. That real life is only found in Jesus Christ.

The only way that the world can know about Jesus Christ is for a believer to bring the gospel message to them. Someone has to be a witness of what Jesus has done for them.

As a believer, you need to be one to tell others about Jesus. Your aim in this life needs to be telling as many people about Jesus as you can possibly tell.

Building a big bank account and great vacations may be nice for this life, but it does not help in light of eternity. Souls may be lost, if the main task is not focused on.

Take time each day to be a witness. Make it your aim in this life to tell as many people about Jesus as possible. In doing this you will please God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the task God has called you to do; that you will make it your aim in life to be a witness for Jesus; and that many will know Jesus because of your message.

Acts 17:2-3 The Main Point

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As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. Acts 17:2-3

Every place that Paul would go, he would go to the synagogues and talk to the people about Jesus. The main point he would drive home to them was that Jesus is the Messiah. While many people would believe this, there were also many who would fight him because of this statement.

Belief in God is not something that many people have a difficult time hearing. Most people are a part of some religion that believes in a god. Most of those religions are also accepting of anyone believing in any god that they want to believe in.

The difference comes in when there is only one God to believe in and that one must believe that Jesus, a man, is the Messiah. People must believe that Jesus is the only way that a one can be saved.

People would immediately fight against Paul as soon as he talked about Jesus being the Messiah. This would imply that Jesus is God, and how could a man be God? Yet, it was truth.

There are many Christians who are willing to talk about God in the public, but do not talk as much about Jesus. While talking about God is great, the main point is Jesus. Without Jesus, no one can be saved, regardless of how much they believe in and love God.

When the believer starts talking about Jesus and His being the Savior, people will get upset. They do not want to be tied down to one person or God. They want freedom to believe in anyone or thing that they want.

As you go through your days and are talking to people, what are you bringing up in the conversation? Are you talking about God? Or are you telling them about Jesus?

Jesus and the salvation He provides needs to be the main point in your belief. It is what the people need to hear about. The world needs to know Jesus as the Savior/Messiah, not just as a good man, or just to believe in God.

Let the world know about Jesus and the salvation He provides.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that the world will see Jesus as the needed Savior; and that many will believe in Jesus through your words and actions.

Acts 16:25 What To Do In Dark Times

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About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

Paul and Silas had been preaching the gospel in a city they were approached by a girl who had been demon possessed. They cast the demon of the girl and the people of the city were angry with them. Paul and Silas were then put into prison. During the night they sat there praying and praising God, instead of complaining. As they were praying and worshipping God, God caused an earthquake to free them.

There are times in the life of every person that are dark. Things do not go the way they should have. A person is mistreated wrongly.

Most people will sit and complain about the situation and seek ways to get revenge. They will tell every one about the situation in a complaining way. The world says that what has happened is not right and the person has a right to strike back. The person will have no joy in the situation.

Instead of complaining, Paul and Silas had prayed to God and worshipped Him. They did not see the situation as dark, like the world sees it.

Believers have a reason to rejoice at all times, in all situations. God has given them forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. God is with every believer and will always be with them, despite how dark it may appear to be. Jesus is light and brings that light into the life of a believer.

Where there is light, there is a reason to worship God. There is no depression or fear. His perfect love and light drives out the darkness and fear, giving one the ability to praise and worship Him in the darkest of nights.

You may be going through a dark time right now. It may appear as though the whole world is against you and you have lost the battle. You may feel as though you are in a prison with no chance for release.

Look up to God, pray and worship Him, despite how dark it is. It may be midnight, but God can bring light to your night. He can bring release to your chains and the bars that hold you in.

This will be a witness to the world of God’s love and power.

Are you worshipping or complaining?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek God in dark times; that you will worship God and not complain; and that you will bring God’s light to this dark world.