Gods group thoughts for 5/23/2012 “Let God Open the Door”

John 7:7The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.  (NKJV)

The opening scripture was spoken by Jesus to His brothers, shortly after the Apostle John reveals that Jesus and His teachings were rejected by many; including many of His disciples, in…John 6:66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.  (NKJV)   (I just noticed this…look at that chapter and verse number !!– Very fitting for those who “walked with Him no more.”

Even Jesus’ half brothers did not believe in Jesus, as written in…John 7:5For even His brothers did not believe in Him.  (NKJV)   …This is so hard for me to understand, because Jesus’ disciples, including at least part of His 4 half brothers (James, Joses, Simon, and Judas – listed in Matthew 13:55), had witnessed all or most of Jesus’ miracles…and still some didn’t believe in Him… They were still living in the world of sin, with Satan blinding them to the truth Jesus was trying to teach them…

The Apostle John gives us scripture on this, in…1 John 4:5-6They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  (NKJV)

All Christian’s are commanded by Christ to go out and share the Word of God to teach others who are not believers, in order to plant seeds for God to mature into disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)… And in my writing yesterday, I used myself as an example to illustrate that if you are not Spirit filled, you will be trying to share with your own feeble strength…which at least for me, was next to impossible…

But when you are led to share your testimony and/or the gospel of Christ to family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, or strangers…look not only for the urging of the Holy Spirit pointing you to people that you should witness too…look for some kind of positive sign that those you are led to talk too seem interested…  Only those that are being drawn by God to find out more about His truth, will be open to listening to anything you or the Bible has to teach them about God and His kingdom…John 6:44No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  (NKJV)

The more I try to witness to people about the Love of Christ…the more I realize people will not hear us until God draws them in… This exact sequence of events, leading to a person’s salvation, is still a mystery to me… The Bible teaches us that only those called by God will become His children…Romans 8:30… But Jesus Christ Himself commands His disciples (and all Christians) to go out and share God’s Word to the lost world around them (Matthew 28:19-20)…

 

So as Christian’s, we should go out and plant seeds that God (with His perfect timing, and His perfect will), can bring to fruition as one of His own children… Be prepared for roadblocks, and disappointments, and persecution… But unless we as Christian’ do our best at every opportunity to share God’s Word and our personal testimony…Satan may have lost our soul to the Lord, but he has won the war…because we are ineffective at helping God to grow His kingdom…

Heavenly Father, help all of Your children to grow and mature in their knowledge and wisdom about Your will and Your ways… Help us to pick up our Bibles every day, and be fed with Your Word, before we head out into the world… Help us confess and repent of all of our sins as they occur (1 John 1:9), so that we can be walking in alignment with You… And then Lord, give us people around us who You have drawn to Yourself…so that our words about Your grace and Your mercy may be seasoned with salt, and heard by those around us to plant seeds that only You can grow… I pray Lord, that we as Your children would all do our best to live our lives for You…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen..

written by bruce

 

 

 

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