Exodus 6:9 Some Will Not Listen

Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9

Hearing someone speak is something that is easy to do and most people will do it. Acting upon what they hear is completely different.

Truth of what to do can be told, but many will not act upon because of the situation that they are in or who the information is coming from. The greatest news can be given but will be rejected because of past or current troubles occurring. All that is seen is the immediate complications, rather than the truth.

Moses went and told all that God was going to do in removing them from Egypt. They would not listen to him because of all the discouragement and trouble they were in.

Of all the news that has ever been told, the gospel message of salvation is the greatest. It is a message that brings hope, healing and eternal life. It provides a purpose for this life that is greater than anything else.

While many will hear the gospel message and accept it, there are many who will also reject it. Very often their rejection is based on the circumstances of their life past and present.

Going through life, most people have lost all hope. Many have tried many different things to gain a hope and a purpose and those things failed them. They reject the idea that there may be something good out there for them and are unwilling to give Jesus a chance.

Just as Moses kept going forward with the message God gave him, believers are to continue speaking the gospel message to more people. As one rejects the message, the believer must turn to another and give the message again and again, never giving up as some will believe and the truth will be revealed in the end.

You have opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Some will accept and some will reject the message. This happened to Moses and it happened to Jesus and will happen to you also.

Do not get discouraged and quit passing on the message. Hold on to the truth God has given you and keep passing it on to others.

Trust in God’s message and that He will work on the hearts of people to hear it and act upon it as you continue to proclaim it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s message to the people; that you will proclaim God’s message of salvation to the people; and that the hearts of the people will turn to God.

Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Title: Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World
Author: Rebecca Manley Pippert
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Date: 1999 2nd edition
Pages: 288

Out of the Salt Shaker & into the World (book review)

Evangelism is something that Jesus commanded His followers to do, but many do not do it for various reasons. It is the process of telling people about Jesus and what He has done for them. Many don’t do it out of fear, while many others do not do it because they are not sure how to evangelism.

Rebecca has learned to live a life of evangelizing people as much as possible. She begins this book with describing who Jesus is and what it means to be a Christian. This sets up the scenario of why a believer should go out and tell others about Jesus.

Once the desire is put into place, she describes different ways to present the gospel message. She addresses different questions and concerns that some people may have. Difficulties that can occur and dealt with. A good focus she points to is meeting people and understanding where they are.

One of the great things that she does in this book is she uses real life events that she has experienced and gone through herself. Some of these events ended on a good note, while others did not. Not everyone that she witnessed to becomes a believer in Jesus. It is very encouraging to realize that she does not have evangelism down to perfection but is constantly learning.

At the end of the book she has one appendix walking a person through the gospel message and the process of giving being a witness. She also has a list of outside references to help guide a person in being a witness for Jesus.

All throughout the book Rebecca uses many scriptures to show what she is saying. It is an encouraging book that will stir the heart to cause one to go out and be the witness Jesus has called one to be.

I highly recommend this book, but be ready for it to change your heart towards evangelism and cause you to go out and be a witness for Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Don’t Be Surprised When Persecution Comes

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

No one really wants to believe that trouble is going to come their way. Most people are hoping for favor with others and very little to no severe opposition.

Often when one sees trouble ahead, he will turn a different direction to avoid the trouble. Some will continue to boldly move forward in spite of the trouble arising. This movement forward is spurred on by the strong belief in the need to keep moving forward.

Paul reminds the people that he had told them that he would be persecuted and that it actually occurred as he said it would.

One thing that believers can expect is opposition and persecution. The world does not like to be told that they are wrong and are being condemned to die in eternal agony.

The gospel message is one that tells people that they are living in sin and are going to be condemned for eternity. This goes against what the majority of people in the world believe. Since it goes against what they believe, they will fight against it. This fight is persecution.

Jesus, Himself, was persecuted. His followers would be just like Him and also will be persecuted. There is not a place in this world in which there is not some level of persecution against believers. Satan does not want any believer to succeed at all costs. Persecution may be just some words of ridicule, or it may be prison time, or it may even include death threats and acts.

Every believer has been warned of coming persecution, so none should be surprised when it occurs, nor should they back done from passing on the gospel message.

No matter where you live, you will face some persecution for sharing the gospel message. It may be a daily threat, or it may be just a once in a while threat, however, it will come.

Do not be surprised when people come against you for sharing the message of Jesus. Be bold and share the message to everyone. While many may reject the message, there will be some who will hear the message and believe in Jesus.

Do not back done or give in or be surprised when opposition arises to your message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in sharing the gospel message of Jesus; that God will give you strength in the midst of persecution and opposition; and that many will believe in Jesus due to your message.

1 Thessalonians 2:2 Do You Dare To Tell The Gospel Message?

We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 1 Thessalonians 2:2

Giving out information on something is usually safe. Hundreds of thousands of businesses promote their products or services everyday in thousands of different ways, without a lot of harsh opposition.

However, there are some groups that openly oppose some products or services. These groups can sometime be very harsh in their disagreement, even to the point of breaking the law to stop the product.

Paul points out that they had been previously treated badly in Philippi, but with God’s help he was able to speak the gospel message to them in spite of severe opposition.

In some places, the gospel message can be spread without much opposition. Most of the people in those places are willing to hear it, whether they agree or disagree with the message.

However, in a majority of the world, there is a strong disagreement with the gospel message. The opposition is strong enough that the life of the messenger will be seriously threatened. Some nations do not have a strong death threat against the gospel message, but will ridicule and try to discredit those who speak it.

Regardless of the level of threat against the gospel message, believers need to get the message out to everyone. Severe opposition should never stop a believer from talking about Jesus and what He has done.

God will pour out His Holy Spirit on a believer to have the boldness and strength to speak the gospel message in spite of severe opposition and/or persecution. The believer needs to go in with the strength and boldness of God and dare to spread the gospel message.

No matter what your position in life is, one thing God has called you to do is be His witness by spreading the gospel message. As you do this there will be times that you will have to face some opposition. This opposition may be just light ridicule or it may be physical harm.

Regardless of the opposition, be bold in the Lord and pass the message on. People are dying without knowing Jesus and you may be the one who can tell them. It may be your message that may change their life.

Dare to tell people about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in spreading the gospel message about Jesus; that God will give you strength and favor being a witness; and that God will turn lives around through your message.

Ephesians 6:19 Are You Fearless In Your Mission?

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19

Some information that is talked about can sometimes be very dangerous information to talk about. It can create divides and anger some people, while encouraging others.

How much a person believes in something often determines how willing he is to fearlessly talk about it to someone else. The more confrontational the information is, the more fearlessness a person needs to pass it on. Many will back down when the danger rises up.

As Paul finishes his letter to the Ephesians, he asks for them to pray that he may have the words to speak, so that he will be able to fearlessly pass on the gospel message.

One of the most confrontational messages a person may ever have to talk about to others is the gospel message. This message tells another person that he messed up, is bad and needs serious help or will die for his mess ups. Very few people like to be told something like this, and some will even go on the physical defensiveness against it.

Knowing that some will take great offense to the gospel message, believers need to have great boldness and fearlessness to be willing to present it to people.

Having the Holy Spirit residing in and guiding a believer will provide the correct words to speak. This can give the believer a confidence and fearlessness to boldly tell people what they need to hear. He understands the greater danger of not telling people about Jesus, that overrides the physical danger that some may present.

The more believers that take a step of fearlessness in presenting the gospel message more and more, the more people will be given the chance to be saved from condemnation and more will be saved.

At some point in your life someone took a bold and fearless step to tell you about Jesus. It gave you the chance to have your sins forgiven and be given eternal life.

There are people that you come in contact with daily that need to hear that same message from you. As you give that message, some will accept, some will ignore, and some will be violent against it.

Be willing to speak it in boldness and fearlessness, trusting God with your life. Give others a chance to believe also.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you the words to speak; that God will remove all fear of speaking to others; and that many will hear and be changed by the gospel message of Jesus from you.