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.

1 Corinthians 14:3 Speak To Build Up

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3

Everyday people all over the world people are speaking to each other. Some are encouraging others, while others are discouraging others. Many just talk about themselves, focusing only on themselves rather than the other person.

As people just talk about themselves and build themselves up, there comes a misunderstanding and lack of love. Division and separation occurs, causing many problems.

While talking about speaking in tongues and prophecies, Paul encourages giving prophecies for the strengthening, encouraging and comfort of others in the church.

In the same way as the world, there are many inside the church who like to be built up, but do not build others up. They are looking out for themselves, rather than for others.

God gives a person some revelation or word, either from His Spirit or from Bible, and the person keeps it completely to himself, rather than sharing it.

The things God gives a person is not to be hoarded to himself, but shared with others. Other people can benefit from the word God has given one person, if it is shared.

Speaking in tongues is in a heavenly language spoken directly to God and Him alone. Prophecies are spoken in the common language to other believers to build them up and encourage them.

Words of prophecy can be ones to encourage them to turn from sin, or to keep on the path that they are on, not just talking about the future. Either way it is to build them up in the Lord and in His word to each and every one.

As people are built up in the Lord, they can in turn build others up causing the church and God’s kingdom to grow.

If you take time to study God’s word and pray, God will give you words to speak to others to strengthen, encourage and comfort them. Many times these words can be prophecies from God.

Be willing to be used by God to help others out. He will give you the words to speak that they need to hear in the moment to encourage them to live more for God. Just as you build others up, God will in turn build you up directly and through others speaking His word into your life.

Are you building up or tearing down others?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God give you words to speak to others; that you will prophecy the words of God to others; that you will build others up in the Lord Jesus; and that God will build you up into the image of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:2 The Most Important Thing To Know

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

Knowledge is something that everyone appears to be seeking. People want to know more and more. They want to be able to know more faster and faster.

With the internet, information about nearly anything and everything can be found almost instantly. Information is often sought out to make life easier by making oneself richer, happier, healthier or more popular.

It can be overwhelming from some people as to how much information is available. Many struggle with where to start in their search for good, reliable information.

Paul tells the Corinthian church that he did not want to know anything except about Jesus and his crucifixion while he was with them.

Looking at the bible and Christianity, there is a lot of information available. There are hundreds of topics one can study in the bible alone. Then there are hundreds of more topics that can be studied concerning Christianity outside of the bible.

Even though it is good to know all the information available, it can become overwhelming and bog one down with not having the best information first. As with any topic, there are certain pieces of information that are most important to know first. Knowing these pieces can set a firm foundation for all the other information learned.

The beginning foundation for Christianity is knowing Jesus and His crucifixion. If one begins on anything else, he has a faulty foundation that is not Christianity, nor will it stand the test of time and struggles in life.

Knowing Jesus is knowing what, how and why He thinks, speaks and acts in every situation as He does. Then it leads one to think, speak and act in the same way. And it was His crucifixion that gives a person the ability and reason to live this way.

There are things that you must learn in order to do your job or to just live life on this planet. While all of these things can be important, the most important thing is to know Jesus. You can know everything and gain the whole world, but lose your soul and die for eternity if you don’t know Jesus and Him crucified for you.

Put all of your first efforts and strength in knowing Jesus more and more. Then focus on living as Jesus did more and more. That is the most important information to know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will learn to think, speak and act like Jesus; and that your first focus will be on living for God.