Published by Deborah Negron
July 18, 2022
It hit me. The truth is the truth. No one can come to salvation without God causing there to be an awakening of their minds. Only rhe Holy Spirit can convict of sin. Only the Holy Spirit causes there to be an understanding and faith to be birthed in the heart of a person.
We can hear the gospel our whole lives but unless God draws us we have no hope.
Jesus came to seek and save rhat which was lost. We cannot earn our way into heaven.
So the question then, is, Why do We Preach?
Why bother if only God can draw people by His Spirit. Only Jesus can bring a person un to repentance. Than why preach?
The privilege of expounding and sharing in the labor of love is our gift. Sharing all the wonderful things the Lord is able to do is thrilling. This pleases God, that we have our perfect joy in spreading the gospel through preaching.
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:21
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
1 Corinthians 1:27
Losten we did not choose the why or thw how. We have been invited to share in the process and in the victory and success of seeing souls come in to the family of God.
We get to reap the gains of what Jesus sowed.
He was planted in to the ground and as a seed, he died. Yet springing up from the grave, coming out of rhe Tomb and rising un to Eternal life assures us of the security that can only be found in the Creator of the Universe. Salvation is of the Lord and an act of grace.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8 – 9.
In Luke 18: 35- 43 the Word of God reads as follows,
“Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”
This man came to Jesus but in his state, even though he had heard of Jesus. Even though he perhaps did not have the resources to help himself. He cried out. He cried out for God to intervene and as it were take the blinders off. Remove the déficit of his ailing eyes and restore his sight.
Today we stand with Christ as his ambassadors of truth. We are called the salt of the earth. We must use every opportunity to show the way for others to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As believers, we understand the joy and peace and that is afforded to those who when awakened by the Holy Spirit. We know that as we choose to accept forgiveness, mercy and grace we were born again. We were vivified by the Spirit of God in this newness of life. This new birth gives us the position of adoption. We become children of God. As such we then are given the image of Christ in us to reflect his light and be witnesses of His love to a lost world. We then have this urgency in our spirit to let others know about who Jesus is. We experience this fire and this fervor within that gives us a desire to testify of God’s love.
Jesus came for the whosoever. John 3 :16- 17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
So, since we do not know who will agree to having Christ Jesus as their Savior and who will not.
We must then diligently preach the gospel. The Babe in the Manger and the Man on the Cross and the resurrected KING causes us to shine for Him in order for others to know Him. Jesus whom we preach, rose from the grave.
He is the Resurrected King of kings and Lord of Lord’s.
His desire is that not should perish.
So let me be salt…
So let me be light.
Jesus have your way in me. Come and use me and help me to tell of your mercy and grace.
Let me tell others that you alone are the way the truth and the life.
Oh Lord, bring many souls. Let the gospel be preached and souls predestined to be reached and saved, come to know you and be made whole.
Let the preaching of God’s word be brought forth. And let the redeemed of the Lord be made known.
If you do not know Him, I assure you He is the best choice you will ever make.
Come and bring you burdens and cares, your sorrows and your gains. Lay your life as a living sacrifice in order to receive the eternal crown. The crown given to those who enter in.
Apart from Christ there is no salavation. Jesus is the only way.