March 3, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS (part 5)

 

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down.

In both Isaiah and Luke, we are given this exclamation point at the end. “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” One of the most powerful parts of our faith, that we are to share, is the fact that Jesus is coming. In the Old Testament they were proclaiming that Christ would come. In the New Testament Christ came. You and I are now to proclaim that Christ is coming again. May we never get over or beyond that. May we never overlook or forget that. It is the foundation of our faith. Christ is not leaving us here, He is coming back to get us. It is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. (Colossians 1:27)

How exciting to share to others that Jesus came to earth, was born of a virgin, died on the cross for our sins, resurrected from the grave, ascended back to Heaven, gave us the Holy Spirit, and is coming back to take us to Heaven to live with Him for eternity. God has anointed us to share that. We have a special power from God on high to proclaim that to others. We are to “preach”, “reach”, “teach”, and “beseech” people to know the Lord. And then we have the privilege to tell them the wonderful truth that Jesus is alive and coming again. According to Luke chapter 4, we are to preach the Gospel, and we are to preach the second coming of Christ.

My favorite part of this passage is verse 20. Jesus closed the book, gave it to the minister, and sat down. In our day that would be the moment where you cue the mic drop. Jesus hands him the word, as if to say, “now what are you going to do with it”.

Well God‘s Word has been completed. The “Book” has been closed. Now what are you going to do with it? Let us not forget the day will come when another book will be opened, “which is the Lamb’s Book of Life”. Our priority is to make sure our name is in that book. Our responsibility is to give our best to get as many names in that book as we can. He is able!

March 2, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME SHARE CHRIST WITH

OTHERS (part 4)

 

ISAIAH 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

In order to completely teach the principles from this passage, I must give you the mirror passage to these verses in the book of Luke. This is where Jesus was literally teaching in the synagogue and proclaimed this very passage from the book of Isaiah. I must give you the entire passage for us to understand:

* Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Just like Isaiah said that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, Jesus looks at these men in the synagogue and explains to them that the scripture was fulfilled that day. Literally, God was upon them. He was there in person. Wow!

Jesus here mentions “recovering of sight to the blind”.

*II Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Part of “sharing” our faith, is to “shine” the light. People are in darkness. It is useless to give them instructions on a number of things, until we shine light where they can see. I think we are guilty sometimes of “sharing” commands to people before we “shine” the light for them to see. How can we tell them what steps to take next, until we provide light for them to see to take the steps?

You and I should be Flashlights of the Gospel, instead of just referees of the rules.

Let that one sink in.

March 1, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS (part 3)

ISAIAH 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

What a privilege it is to be able to proclaim “liberty” to others. There are so many religions that do not proclaim liberty. They proclaim bondage. They proclaim requirements, blind loyalty, obsession, obedience to a cult, belief in sinful men’s babbling, and even traditions with no truth. But we are not to proclaim such. We are to proclaim liberty. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. When we “preach” and “reach” others, what a privilege to “teach” liberty.

Liberty allows us to serve the Lord out of love instead of obligation. We can serve because of desire, not because of duty. That allows us to worship from our heart, instead of from our head. Isn’t it great to be free. We are not to be in bondage to a denomination, to an organization, or to a dictator. We are free from the bondage of sin. We are now free to live right, think right, and act right. We no longer have to live in bondage to our fleshly desires. We can be free of that through the power of the Holy Spirit of God. We should be walking billboards as to the joy that a Godly life of liberty brings. Remember we are now not free to sin, but free from sin. Because of our flesh, we did not have a choice before salvation. We had to live according to the flesh. Our spirit was dead in trespasses and sin. The Bible says that Jesus did not just make us free, but Christ made us free in deed. We have a lot to tell the world about. What wonderful things we can share. We can “proclaim liberty to the captives”.

That brings me to my last point. Remember that those who are without Christ are “captives”. We must remember that. It is hard for them to understand and comprehend the good news of the Gospel. They are still in bondage to our culture. They are still in bondage to the worldly belief system. They are still in bondage to fleshly priorities. They are still in bondage to self dependency. Listen to this:

* II Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

God has sent us to people that have been captured by Satan, to proclaim the truth of the Gospel to them, and to watch Christ free them from that bondage. God has anointed us to be part of that. According to this verse, God can open the prison door, and free others the way that Christ freed us. He is able to give us the strength, confidence, boldness, and compassion to share our faith!