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.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Are You Allowing God To Use You?

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14

The majority of people around the world do not really like to be led by someone else. People like to consider themselves free and be able to go where they want to, as they want to. Some of those actually like to be the leaders of others.

On top of this, no one likes to be led around as a captive. Being a captive means one is a prisoner and has no rights.

Paul gives thanks to God that he, and others with him, are being led around like a captive by God and being used to spread knowledge of Jesus everywhere.

At the moment a person chooses to follow Jesus, he gives up his personal rights before God. All authority and power is handed over to God to do as He pleases. He is now captive to God.

As God is given that position of authority over one’s life, He begins to lead that person around as needed. The believers life is changed to where it no longer looks or smells like that of the world, but something different. It has the look and smell of Jesus.

Just a perfume permeates a room that a lady walks into, so does the smell of Jesus permeate anywhere a believer walks into.

The purpose of this aroma is to spread the gospel message of Jesus to everyone in this dying world. It is to let people know that there is a hope and a life that they can have as a gift from God that will last for eternity.

A believer, who understands this great gift, will be thankful to God that he is being led and used by God to touch lives.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, allow God to lead you around to spread the message of Jesus. Everywhere you go people should be able to notice the smell that you are a follower of Jesus. There should never be any doubt in their minds.

Now as God is leading you, give thanks to Him that He is using you. Do not see it as a chore or a drudgery, but as a great honor. As He uses you, lives are being changed and saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by God; that you will be used by God to spread the gospel message; that those around you will know that you believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Acts 28:24 Some Will Believe, Some Will Not

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

News or stories abound everywhere a person goes all over the world. One can hear them in person, on the radio, on the internet, on television, on the phone, in magazines and more.

Some of those stories are true, while others are not. People struggle as to what to believe, because often there are two different stories with exact opposite sides of what is true. This is often complicated even more when how a person is brought up and taught is brought into the equation.

As Paul was a prisoner in Rome, he would proclaim the gospel message to any one he could, trying to persuade them to believe in Jesus. Some were convinced and believed, while others were not.

The world is always striving to get people to believe certain things. Believers sometimes will fall for those beliefs, if they are not keeping strong in God’s word.

At the same time the world is pushing their beliefs, believers are supposed to be doing the work Jesus commanded–to preach the gospel message to all the world. That gospel message is that Jesus died for their sins, that they can repent and be saved.

Every day, every believer has opportunities to tell someone about Jesus. One should do all he can to persuade others to believe, because their eternal life is at stake. While they are working to persuade others to believe, some will believe, while others will not be convinced in any way.

No believer should ever automatically presume that some person will never believe. Nor should he stop telling people about Jesus, because some reject Jesus. Every person on this earth needs to be given a chance to believe in Jesus or to reject Jesus.

God will always open doors for you to be His witness to those around you. Do not be afraid to spread His gospel message. Strive to persuade others to believe in Jesus.

Do not be discouraged and quit when some will refuse to believe. Move on to the next person and tell that person. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more some will choose to follow Jesus as some will also continue to reject Him.

You will never know how many will choose to believe, until you actually go out and give them the chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will not be discouraged when some reject Jesus; that God will open your eyes to the many opportunities to be His witness; and that many will believe in Jesus through your testimony.

Acts 21:13 What Are You Willing To Do For Jesus?

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

Some people are willing to go the extra mile for someone else, even if it means pain and suffering in the process, though only a few will be willing to go to their death.

Many in the world are quick to do the extra hard things for a boss in the workplace, though often for selfish reasons. Good parents are willing to put their own desires aside in order to help their child out.

As Paul was getting ready to go to Jerusalem, he was warned not to go and that he would be bound up. Paul said he was willing to be bound or even die if necessary for Jesus in Jerusalem.

As Jesus left the earth, He gave all believers the command to be His witness. He also promised that they would have troubles in the process.

While some people will treat a witness kindly, there are many others who will fight them, both physically and with words. The world, as a whole, is against the gospel message and will do whatever it takes to stop it.

Every follower of Jesus has a message that the world needs to hear, no matter what the cost it is to get that message out. People are dying daily without ever hearing the message of salvation. Many won’t give that message because they could be persecuted.

Instead of running in fear because of persecution, the believer must be willing to look towards the eternal future of his own life and the lives of others. The suffering of this life is only temporary in light of eternity. The message needs to be continually spread at all costs.

Jesus went to the cross to provide salvation for you. In the past many believers died passing on the gospel message so that you could hear it today. Someone took a risk of persecution in getting the gospel message to you.

There is someone, or many people, in this world that need to hear that gospel message and you have the ability to bring it to them. Instead of living in fear of persecution and being quite, be willing to go out and spread the message that the world needs to hear.

What are you willing to do?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will spread the gospel message of the salvation of Jesus to everyone you can; that God will remove fear of suffering and persecution for the gospel message; and that many will come to Jesus through your words and actions.

Acts 18:9 Don’t Be Silent

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9

There are times when someone has something to say that is contrary to the common popular belief. Often the person does not say anything because it goes against what others are saying. They fear the rejection and whiplash of speaking out something different.

Some people are willing to speak no matter what others think or feel. In their minds there is no fear of what others are saying or doing.

Paul gets a vision from God one night, telling him to not be afraid and to keep on speaking. He is not to be silent in spreading the gospel message to the Gentiles.

Every believer has the greatest message that has ever been told. It is a message that every person on the earth needs to hear about. It is one of joy, peace, love, eternal life, healing, and much more.

Yet, most believers do not share that great message. They cower in fear and silence, not wanting to offend anyone or make anyone mad at them.

As they keep silent, millions of people are dying daily around the world never having known the saving message of Jesus Christ, who can change their lives and give them eternal life.

At the same time, as they are silent about the gospel message, they will talk all day about sports or politics or something else.

People need to hear about Jesus. They need to hear that there is forgiveness and eternal life available. They need to hear that there is One who will be with them through everything, giving them strength and hope to make it.

Instead of being silent and not offending, believers need to spread the gospel message to anyone that they can, every chance they can.

You have been given a message that every person in the world needs to hear. Even though you cannot reach every person, you can reach some.

Do not be afraid to talk about Jesus every where you go, to every one you meet. Do not be silent, when you have a chance to speak.

God will use you to reach people for Jesus. He will change hearts and lives and bring salvation into their lives and homes.

This can only happen if you do not stop talking and spreading the gospel message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove all fear in your heart to speak; that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus; that God will change hearts and lives through the message you bring; and that you will not stop talking about Jesus.