Acts 28:24 Give Them A Chance To Believe

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

All types of truths and false lies are being spoken all the time, all around the world. As these are being spoken, often one side is chosen and presented in a way that it is the only truth and the only way it can be looked at.

In some places, it can actually be demanded that a person believe it or there will be consequences. There is no choice allowed in whether to believe it or not. The authorities get very upset when some do not believe.

As Paul was held as a prisoner in Rome, he kept preaching and teaching God’s word, trying to convince people about Jesus. Some would believe, while others would not believe.

When Jesus got ready to leave their earth, He gave the final command to be a witness in all the world. Every believer is to go out and tell others about Him and what He had done for them.

One common problem that many believers have is that they often will refuse to talk to some people about Jesus. They feel that those people just will not accept Jesus, because of who they are or what they believe. They are not given the opportunity to believe at all. The choice is made by the believer, not the individual himself.

God is in the business of touching hearts through His word. However, the people need to hear what that word is, and that is only done by believers going out and telling them His word.

When a believer tells everybody and anybody, it gives each one the opportunity to believe or reject. The more people told, the more people who will believe, while more people may also reject, but each can make their own choice.

You have the same commission to be a witness as Paul and all the disciples did. You are to go out and tell everyone you can about Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or not tell someone because you believe that he may not believe. Tell everyone, trusting that God will touch their hearts and draw them to Him. Allow them to make their own choices.

As you do this, you will see that many will believe, while some will not believe. That is not your choice, but theirs. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to all around you; that you will see God draw many to Him; that God will change the hearts of many people; and that God will give you the words to speak.

Acts 8:4 Persecution Can Work For The Good

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts 8:4

When problems arise due to belief or choices made, many will abandon the beliefs. Others will choose to move away. When they move, they will carry with them their traditions and beliefs to wherever they move.

Some will keep those beliefs in the new location. Many will abandon the beliefs, because they do not want the same problems in the new place. They are seeking a new identity, rather than being bold with who they are.

After Stephen was killed, the persecution against the church increased greatly. Many believers moved to new locations to escape the persecution. Wherever they went they continued to spread the gospel message.

Persecution is something Jesus had promised will occur. Very few people look forward toward persecution and try to avoid it. It is often seen as something completely bad.

It is common to hear of believers complaining of persecution for their beliefs. They rise up and fight back, rather than just keep spreading the gospel message.

While it is terrible to go through persecution, it can get people to move to somewhere new. The moving will open new doors to spread the gospel message. Regardless of where a believer lives, there are people who need to hear the message of Jesus. Rather than staying and complaining about the persecution, one can seek to find new people to tell the message to.

God is willing and able to use persecution for His good. If the persecution had not occurred in the New Testament, the message of Jesus would not have spread to the whole world. As believers choose to keep preaching the word of God wherever they go, the church will continue to grow and have an influence in this world.

Everyday you will go to some place that has people who need to hear the gospel message. You may have times where you have to move to a new location for some reason. Regardless of where you are or why you are there, spread the gospel message. Seek to stay true to who you are in Jesus and let others know about Him.

Do not fear persecution and hide and be silent, but allow God to use it to be His witness in this world. Allow God to move you to new places to let new people know about His great love and salvation He will provide.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength in persecution; that you will spread the gospel message wherever you are; and that you will allow God to use you to be His witness.

Matthew 25:29 Invest What You Have

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29

Investment is something the world understands. It is taking what little one has and using it in a way that will cause it to increase. The world often likes to invest for personal and selfish reasons. Most want to be very wealthy in themselves and for themselves.

The investment that the world does is physical and temporary gain. None of it will last for eternity. When one dies, all invested will go to another person.

Jesus gave a parable about three men given some talents to invest. Two made more and was given more. The third made nothing and lost what he had.

When Jesus saves a person from his sins, it is not just for personal use only that the person is saved. Each person is saved to go out and bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. It is keeping eternity in mind.

Everything that a person is allowed to have, both physical and spiritual, is to be used to build God’s kingdom. All the skills and things a person has is to be invested into spreading the gospel message, not just for temporary, personal pleasures.

In the end God will judge each person for what He has given them. God will look to see if each person had invested what he had into His kingdom or not. Those who had invested it correctly will be given more. Those who refused to invest it and hoarded it, will lose what they had been given, both physically and spiritually.

It is critical that every believer uses everything he has for God’s glory and to build His kingdom. It is about investing in others and God.

God has blessed you with different things and skills. Each of these things are unique just for your use in God’s kingdom. Do not hold onto these things for your own personal pleasure, they will fade away and become worthless over time. If you do not use them to build God’s kingdom, in the end you will lose everything, including your life.

Instead of losing everything, invest it all and God will reward you with much more. This is doing what God desires with what you have to spread His gospel message for all the world to hear.

Today I pray that you will know what God has given you; that God will reveal to you how to invest what you have for eternal purposes; that you will trust God for what you need; and that you will see God’s blessings and provision as you invest into His kingdom.

Ezekiel 3:18 Accountability In Warning

Dead end sign

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. Ezekiel 3:18 

Warnings are found everyone and on everything. The government has required that companies give all types of warnings for nearly every possible situation that could occur negatively.

When there is no warning and something bad occurs, the company can be held reliable for the bad situation and be made to pay for it. These warnings must include every thing, regardless of how simple or complex it is, or whether it is common sense or not.

God told Ezekiel that he would have to go and speak to the people whether they would listen or not. If he was told to warn them about their sin and he did not do so, he would be held accountable for their death in sin, because he did not give the warning.

God still gives people warnings. As Jesus left the earth, He charged the disciples, and all believers, to be a witness. They were to bring the gospel news to every person. This gospel message would be that they were dying in sin and needed to repent and turn to God, believing in Jesus for their salvation.

This message is a warning. Every believer is still held accountable for when they obey that commission or do not obey it. If they do not bring the gospel message to a person, when given the opportunity, they will be held accountable for that person’s death in sin.

Doors to be a witness will be opened every day by God for every believer. Each one must be willing to do his part, whether the people will listen or not. Every person needs an opportunity to choose to accept or reject Jesus.

You have also been given the same mission to be a witness for Jesus to the lost. As God opens a window of opportunity to be His witness, you must take it. Do not allow the opportunity to pass. If you do, that person’s death in sin will be on your head. God will hold you accountable for not being His witness.

Be willing to talk about Jesus to everyone you meet. Do not allow yourself to become accountable for the death of a soul, because you chose not to speak.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal opportunities to be His witness; that God will give you His boldness to be a witness; and that you will speak God’s word to everyone you meet.

Isaiah 6:11 Keep Going

Empty street

Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the house are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, Isaiah 6:11 

Doing something will often take some time. People want to know how much time it will take. Often they will ask about the time before they will begin a task. They want to know when they will be done or free to do something else.

The real challenge is that often the amount of time to do something may not always be known. It usually has to be done until the project is completed, whatever that takes.

Without having a knowledge of how long that will take, people will often give up early, especially when it can take a extra long time.

God had called Isaiah to go before the people to bring a message. Isaiah was willing to go, but wanted to know for how long. God tells him until the cities lie empty and ruined.

Believers today are called to go and bring a message to the people. It is the gospel message to every person on this earth. The purpose of this message is to get people to follow Jesus and be saved from condemnation to hell for eternity.

Some may ask for how long are they to be a witness telling people about Jesus. It is the same as with Isaiah–until the cities are empty and lying in ruins.

As long as there are people to tell about Jesus, one must keep on telling. The only time one can stop is when there is absolutely no one else to tell, which will only happen when Jesus returns and everyone is removed to either heaven or hell.

This is an ongoing task that no believer should stop doing.

In the same way that someone was a witness to you, you must also be a witness to others. It took some time before you believed in Jesus, so others had to keep going until you hear the message.

You, now, have the same commission that God had sent Isaiah–go and tell the people the news. Jesus repeated that commission several thousand years later and still repeats it today.

There are billions of people on this earth who still need to hear about Jesus. Cities are still inhabited. Do not stop spreading the gospel message. Keep going forward until all have heard.

I pray today that God will help you be His witness in this world; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward with His message; that God will touch the heart of people through you; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message.